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OBITUARIES:  (published April 27, 2017)

Louise Matz Beem
Champion of children and families, Louise Matz Beem, 93, died on April 15, 2017, at home in Evanston.
   Born in Chicago in 1923 to John Dusenbury Matz and Frances Schramm Matz, she lived all but a few years of her life in Hinsdale. She was a member of the Hinsdale Township High School Class of 1941. She completed an associate’s degree at Bennett College in 1943. In 1946, she married Dr. Marc Oliver Beem Sr., whom she had known since fifth grade.
   Together, they raised four children. She was a force for family unity, devotedly creating a home that was a nexus for immediate and extended family.
   A part-time job teaching nursery school in 1964 launched Louise into a 50-year career of service to the education of young children. She completed both her bachelor’s in education at Roosevelt University and her master’s in eduction/early childhood education at the Erikson Institute in Chicago in 1972.
   Louise became the first coordinator of the College of DuPage’s Early Childhood Education and Care Program, and she later developed its demonstration school, named in her honor, The Louise M. Beem Early Childhood Center. She retired from the College of DuPage in 1986.
In “retirement,” Louise’s dedication to children did not rest. She and her friend Dorothy Carpenter shared a belief in the power of hands-on, open-ended play for constructing knowledge, and they deeply valued the child-adult learning partnership. Their vision for that kind of learning environment, for children and adults, was realized in the DuPage Children’s Museum. Over 30 years, with passion and joy, Louise shaped the museum’s development from one “Ramps and Rollers” exhibit, traveling in the back of a station wagon, to today’s permanent museum in Naperville, with three floors of interactive exhibits.
   Louise was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Hinsdale, and subsequently, of Church of the Holy Nativity in Clarendon Hills.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Beem, in 2014; and two sisters, Frances “Sis” Kayser and Elizabeth “Betty” McIntosh.
   She is survived by her children, Marc (Susan Berkowitz), John (Laurie Wigham), Robert (Lynne Hoskins) and Susan (Gordon) Riggs; her grandchildren, Nick, Chris, Sam, Claire, Alan, Lisa and Alexandra; her great-grandchildren, Jasper and Stella; and her former son-in-law and friend to Terry Cunningham Beem.
   An Episcopal memorial service and reception will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 15, at the Elliott Chapel of Presbyterian Homes, 3131 Simpson (Golf Road), Evanston.
   A private family burial service will was held April 22.
   Memorial contributions may be made online to the DuPage Children’s Museum Louise Beem and Dorothy Carpenter Fund for Early Childhood at

Lillian Adell Bingham Brockmann
Lillian Adell Bingham Brockmann, 90, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away April 18, 2017, at Lakeview Village Care Center in Lenexa, Kan.
   Lillian was born in Chicago to James and Annie Bingham. She met Leonard Brockmann while vacationing at Lake Geneva, Wis., and they married in 1948. She worked at Argon National Laboratory retiring in 1991.
   Lillian and Leonard had four children: Barbara Ann Brockmann, Susan Brockmann-Bell, Robert Brockmann and William Brockmann.
   Through her adversity, Lillian never lost her faith; never became bitter. She was a kind, gentle person with a generous heart and a loving soul. She loved and was dearly loved in return. The family wishes to thank the staff at Vitas Hospice and Lakeview Village Care Center for their kindness in caring for Lillian.
   Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and all of her children.
   She is survived by her grandchildren, Katie, Charles and Lindsey.
   Visitation is at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Salem Lutheran Church, 9135 Haskins St., Lenexa, Kan. A celebration of life service will follow at the church at 11 a.m.
   Burial will take place in Chicago at later date.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salem Lutheran Church, 9135 Haskins St., Lenexa, KS 66215
   Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory in Lenexa handled the arrangements.

June O. Carlson
June O. Carlson, 95, a former Hinsdale resident, died April 23, 2017, in Wheaton.
   She was born in 1921 in Chicago.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Carlson; her son, Carl E. ( the late Leda) Carlson; and her brother, Robert (the late Mildred) Reisner.
   She is survived by her children, Paul Carlson, Kip Scot (Melissa) Carlson and Jill (James) Long; her grandchildren, Daniel Long, Alexandria Long and Kip Phillip Carlson; and her brother, Don (Virginia) Reisner.
   Visitation is at 10 a.m. Friday, April 28, at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church.
   Interment is at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers, online memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Harold J. Geiffers
Harold J. Gieffers, a former longtime Hinsdale resident, died April 13, 2017, in Naperville.
   He was born in 1925 in Chicago.
   He was a United States Army veteran, serving in World War II.
   He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Marie Gieffers, nee Wintergerst; and his siblings, Ward (Pat) Gieffers, Charles (the late Evelyn) Gieffers, Rose (the late John) O’Halleran and Marie (the late Raymond) Reiff.
   He is survived by his children, Michael (Tina) Gieffers and Anne (Eric) Staskon; his grandchildren, Cory, Amanda and Jordyn Gieffers and Michael and Matthew Staskon; and many nieces and nephews.
   A Mass was said April 20 at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale.
Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Minnard "Dusty" Harold Hanson
Minnard “Dusty” Harold Hanson died April 14, 2017, at King-Bruwaert House in Hinsdale after a brief illness.
   He was born on a farm in Spring Valley, Wis., in 1915. He received his bachelor’s degree from Luther College and was subsequently elected to the Luther College Sports Hall of Fame.    With the onset of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist’s mate in 1942. He was promoted to lieutenant and was honorably discharged in 1946 after serving in the Pacific.
   Dusty and his wife, Carol, purchased Schweidler and Mewherter, an office, school and art supply store in downtown Hinsdale, in 1964. They were active in the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce until they sold the store in 2004.
   After retirement, Dusty served as a “Red Coat” volunteer at Hinsdale Hospital. He and Carol had been active members of Christ Church since 1982. They enjoyed their summer home in Sister Bay, Wis. Throughout his life, Dusty was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs.
   He is survived by his wife, Carol Ronning Hanson; his daughters, Beth (Jack) Hanson Afflebach, Chrissie (John) Hanson Payne and Paula Hanson; his granddaughters, Charity Ellis, Britta (David) Marmon and Margit Vogele; and his great-grandchildren, Desmond Wilkinson and Maddox and Bo Marmon.
   A memorial service is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523; or King-Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge, IL 60527.

Joan M. Sweeney
Joan M. Sweeney, 86, died Feb. 8, 2017 after decades of steadfastly dealing with multiple sclerosis.
   She was gracious, kind, dignified, smart, witty, amazingly creative and talented. Joan authored 10 children’s books and was an award-winning advertising copywriter. She loved her children with fierce, yet quiet pride.
   She is survived by her children, Peggy (Bill) Furlong of Clarendon Hills, Dr. John (Patty) Sweeney and Tom (Anita) Sweeney; her grandchildren, Allyson, Conor, Aidan, Keenan, Devan, Tegan and Reagan Sweeney and Liam, Kylie and Conor Furlong.
   A memorial service will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to National Multiple Sclerosis Society at
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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