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OBITUARIES:  (published April 20, 2017)

Susan J. Bullerman
Susan J. Bullerman, 67, of Hinsdale passed away April 11, 2017, at Amita Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
   She was born in 1950 in Chicago and was employed as a caregiver with Home Instead Senior Care.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Delphine Bullerman.
   She is survived by her sister, Kathleen (William) Barber; her niece and two nephews; her dear friend, Jennifer (Michael) Withey; and many friends and co-workers.
   Graveside services were held April 18 at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien.
   Memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Humane Society, 22 N. Elm St. Hinsdale, IL 60521.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Arthur G. Holland
Arthur G. Holland, Ph.D., 86, of Hinsdale, died April 11, 2017.
   He was born in 1930 in Boston.
   Art graduated from Proviso High School in 1948 and from Northwestern University in 1952 with a bachelor’s in health education and physical education. He received his master’s degree in the same field from George Williams College in 1954.
   He was involved in the YMCA for his entire life, serving in many positions with the Metropolitan Chicago YMCA and Oak Park YMCA where he was president for 20 years.       He was a life-long member of the Oak Park YMCA.
   An avid pilot, Art enjoyed teaching the skill of flying to many students during his 49 years as a member of the Naperville Flying Club.
   A man of faith, he was a devoted member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ as well as the Oak Park and Hinsdale Rotary Clubs for more than 40 years, exemplifying the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”
   He was preceded in death by his grandson, Brandon Fuller.
   He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan, nee Sawyer; his daughter, Becky Fuller; his grandchildren, Briana (Sean) Ballard and Jordan, Hunter and Trenton; and his great-grandson, Liam Ballard.
   Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Road, Elmhurst.
   A memorial services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 125 W. Church St., Elmhurst.
   Interment will be private at St. Peter’s Cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 125 W. Church St., Elmhurst, IL  60126; Rotary Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL  60201; or Oak Park YMCA, 255 S. Marion St., Oak Park, IL 60302.

Thomas G. Lanphier
Thomas G. Lanphier, 74, of Hinsdale passed away April 8, 2017.
   He was born in 1942 in Joliet.
   Tom was a Marine who served his country proudly during the Vietnam War. He worked as a natural gas technician in California, and in the HVAC field in Illinois before retiring. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his 10 grandchildren, hunting with his sons and celebrating his wife’s Polish heritage.
   He was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley (Russell) Lundstrom.
   He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Lanphier, nee Banaszek; his two sons, Erik (Robin) and Ed (Heather) Lanphier; his stepchildren, Jennifer (Chris) Rosenberg and Brian (Maria) Huey; his grandchildren, Breena, Whitney, Todd, Summer, Leah, Hunter, Ethan, Jack, Olivia and Grant; his siblings, Richard (the late Loretta) Lanphier, Don (the late Anne) Lanphier and Kay (Rich) Rog; and many nieces and nephews.
   A private family interment will be held at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Education at Bright Focus Foundation, Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Helen Louise Plachek
Helen Louise Plachek, nee Graf, 88, a longtime resident of Clarendon Hills, died April 15, 2017, at Porter Place Memory Care in Tinley Park.
   She was born in Blue Island in 1928 and was a retired manager for Illinois Bell.
   The matriarch of the family, Helen loved doting on her nieces and nephews and was always there for everyone. Helen had an unwavering faith in God and was very active at Notre Dame Parish in Clarendon Hills, where she was a Eucharistic minister for the sick and needy.
   She and her husband had no children, but she was like a mother to all of her nieces and nephews.
   Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar; her siblings, Conrad (Nevada) Graf and Nancy (Richard) Pryor; her sister-in-law, Lucille March; her nephew, Mark; and her niece, Beth Graf.
   She is survived by her brother, Thomas (Susan) Graf; her nieces and nephews, Dale (Deb) Pryor, Jean (Steve) Graber, Glen (Wendy) Pryor, Tom (Barb) Graf, Cheryl Ramsdorf, Tim (Barb) Graf, Michele (Brian) Lee, Audrey Hartigan and Maude (Greg) Damaan; and her best friend and caregiver, Kristin Hill.
   The family would like to thank Porter Place Memory Care for all their exceptional loving care.
   Visitation is at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 20, at Notre Dame Parish, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills.
   A funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. at the church.
   Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Notre Dame Parish, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Gladys J. Schneider
Gladys J. Schneider, nee Hilburger, 90, a former Hinsdale resident, died April 16, 2017, at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
   She was born in 1926 in Chicago and was a resident of Downers Grove and a former resident of Clarendon Hills.
   She is survived by her husband of 68 years, James A. Schneider; her children, James C. (Dr. Deborah) Schneider and Jan Sowinski; her grandchildren, Jenny Sowinski, Jim (Liane) Sowinski, Carrie (Tony) Wilkinson and Matt (Kelly) Schneider; and her great-grandchildren, Elise, Nathan, Allisyn, Luke, Kaedyn, James and Kelsey.
   Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services Ltd. 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook.
   A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the funeral home.
   Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens South in Oak Lawn.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the USO at or the ASPCA at

George G. Walthius
George G. Walthius, 89, of Bradenton, Fla., passed away April 13, 2017.
   He was born in 1927 in Chicago, to George and Ethel (Olson) Walthius.
   His formative years were all spent in Chicago, where he attended grade and high school.
George joined the U.S. Navy Reserve on his 17th birthday in 1944 and was then placed on the Navy’s inactive list until he finished high school. At that time he was immediately activated in June of 1945, sent to Great Lakes for boot camp and scheduled to go to the Pacific for the invasion of Japan. Upon the end of the war George was stationed at the Lambert Field Naval Air Base in St. Louis, Mo., until August 1946. He was then transferred to the U.S. Navy Reserves Inactive list until August 1954.
   After his active duty service, he graduated from the University of Illinois in June 1950. While at the university, George was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau social fraternity and the Alpha Delta Sigma National Advertising Fraternity.
   That summer of 1950, George married his college sweetheart, Phyllis Coakley, and they settled in Oak Park. Later years were all spent in Hinsdale except for five years in Birmingham, Mich.
   He first joined Armour and Co. in the Dial soap division and participated in the national roll out of what became America’s leading bar soap. After four years he moved on to Pepperidge Farm Bakeries in Downers Grove as their advertising and sales promotion manager for three years. George then got an offer from one of Chicago’s largest advertising agencies, McCann Erickson. where he worked before heading to Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to join MacManus, John & Adams. He finished his career back in Chicago with J. Walter Thompson as a vice president. His clients are too numerous to mention.
   At the age of 45, George switched to the radio broadcasting field as vice president of the Radio Advertising Bureau for the Chicago office. He retired from the bureau in 1990 as senior vice president.
   He and Phyllis immediately moved full time to their condo in Bradenton, where he lived until his death. He lost his precious Phyllis to Alzheimer’s disease on April 14, 2009, after 59 years of happy marriage and 60 years as good friends.
   Although “retired” George kept more active than ever, volunteering, with Phyllis, for 13 years as ushers at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Fla., and for 20 years with TideWell Hospice until 2004, when he took a medical leave of absence to fight cancer before rejoining TideWell in 2010.
   He also was a volunteer in the skilled care wing of Freedom Village, a local nursing home, working in the activities department. Along the line, he volunteered for several years with the American Littoral Society, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, various church offices, as well as condo offices.
   George was born and raised a Baptist, but became an Episcopalian upon marrying Phyllis. In later years he moved toward the Anglo Catholic theology.
   He also was preceded in death by his son, Scott, in October 2012.
   He is survived by his loving daughter, Debra Holsten; his seven grandchildren, Lindsey, Whitney and Mackenzie Holsten, Matthew Walthius, Jennifer, Kimberly and Elizabeth Heinemann; his five great-grandchildren; his brother, Randall; his daughter-in-law, Diane Walthius; and many extended family members and friends.
   A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date at the Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook, where he will join Phyllis.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
   Condolences for the family may be made online at


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