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OBITUARIES:  (published March 22, 2018)

Katherine Luhn Effinger
Katherine “Kathy” Luhn Effinger of Chicago, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away March 19, 2018, at home in the presence of her family, sister Mary Roth and beloved caregiver Patricia Ann Pittman after an eight-year battle with progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurodegenerative disease.
   Kathy was born in St. Louis in 1935. Her parents, John C. “Jack” and Janice Foote Luhn, moved the family to Hinsdale when she was 13. Kathy graduated from Hinsdale Central High School, where she met her husband of 56 years, J. Robert “Rob” Effinger.
   Kathy graduated from the University of Michigan and, like Rob, was an enthusiastic lifelong Wolverine. Their four daughters also graduated from Hinsdale Central and Michigan: Mary Kay (Mark) Baker, Linda (Herb) Quinde, Margaret Shiner and Susan (Dev) Butler.
Kathy had a 35-year teaching career in the Hinsdale public schools. She is remembered fondly as a firm but supportive teacher, mentor and confidante to hundreds of Hinsdale Middle School graduates.
   She was especially known for encouraging students to read and helping them with writing skills, often on her own time.
   Kathy was an early adopter of remote learning technology, using the Telewriter program to simultaneously teach advanced math to sixth-graders at all seven elementary schools in District 181. Kathy helped start a support program for children dealing with grief and loss at Hinsdale Middle School.
   In retirement, she served as a tutor and a court-appointed special advocate for CASA of Cook County. She was also a breast cancer survivor and helped newly-diagnosed patients as a volunteer with the Y-Me hotline for many years.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Rob.
   In addition to her daughters, Kathy is survived by her grandchildren, Stephanie (Jonathan) Baker Zita, Caroline (Alex Harju) Baker, Matt (Danielle) Baker, Liamarie Quinde, Robert Butler, William Butler, Myatt Butler and Sydney Katherine Shiner; and her great-granddaughter, Lizzie Grace Zita.
   A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook. A reception will follow at the Hinsdale Golf Club, 140 E. Chicago Avenue, Clarendon Hills. 
   In lieu of flowers, donations to support brain research may be made to Rush University Medical Center c/o Dr. Jeffrey Kordower, 1735 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL  60612.

Charles F. Hofbauer
Charles F. Hofbauer, 71, of Burr Ridge died March 14, 2018, in Oak Lawn.
   He was born in 1946 in Chicago.
   He was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon (the late Francis) Nalley.
   He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Stephanie Hofbauer, nee York; his brother, Michael (Grace) Hofbauer; his sister-in-law, Ann York Simms; his brother-in-law, Marc Simms, who was his longtime business partner; and his nieces and nephews, Nicholas and Adam (Megan) Hofbauer, Denise (Michael Ross) Nalley and Dr. Keith (Dr. Adrienne) Nalley and Scott Nalley, and Alison Gingo, Katie Locke, Jayme Pyper, Susannah Gingo, Griffin Simms and Emma Simms.
   A memorial visitation and luncheon is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale. Family and friends will share memories at 3:30 p.m.
   Memorials may be made to the Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 or online at

Drs. Garth and Judith Perry Smith
After almost 65 years of marriage, Drs. Garth and Judith Perry Smith of Burr Ridge passed away 10 days apart. Garth died Feb. 26, 2018, and Judy died March 8.
Garth Dalmain Smith was born in 1927 to Lester Leo and Beatrice Wilson Smith of Aurora.
   At age 17, Garth enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he trained as a radar technician and played the trumpet in the Navy band. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
   He attended Northwestern Medical School and graduated in 1953.
Judith “Judy” Perry was born in 1928 to Grace and Dwight Perry of Wilmette.
   She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 1949 and then attended Northwestern Medical School, where she was one of seven women in her graduating class.
   The two met at Northwestern and were married June 16, 1953.
   Garth specialized in psychiatry and practiced in Hinsdale, where he continued to see patients until shortly before his death. Judy chose to specialize in opthalmology and practiced in Hinsdale for 47 years.
   Garth’s love of music continued after the end of his military service, and while he wasn’t practicing medicine or raising a family, he could often be found playing big band jazz on the trumpet.
   He played in two bands for the majority of his life. One of those bands, the Free Notes, played jazz concerts for several charities and benefits across the Chicagoland area.
   Garth was also an avid jogger, pilot, tennis player, golfer, skier, unicyclist, Coca-Cola drinker and Milky Way eater.
   Judy found joy in all areas of life. An avid reader and knitter, she also enjoyed the Chicago Symphony, tours with her art club and playing tennis and skiing. Later in life she became a competitive bridge player.
   Garth and Judy spent most summers sailing and golfing at their lake house in Glen Lake, Mich.
   Garth was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Rosalie and Gerald.
   The two are survived by their children, Dean (Marion), Brian (Tina), Greg (Karen Deyerle) and Stephanie (Tony) Evans; and their seven grandchildren, Lindsey (Ashley) Leffingwell, Geoffrey Smith, Adam Smith, Amy Deyerle-Smith, Courtney (Taylor) Lovett, Emily Evans and Charlie Evans.
   A visitation was held for the couple March 10 at Hinsdale Golf Club.


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