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OBITUARIES:  (published May 11, 2017)

Maria "Mery" Burton
Maria “Mery” Graciela Carri Leon Burton, 44, of Portage, Mich., died May 3, 2017, in Kalamazoo, Mich., after a yearlong battle with cancer.
   She was born in 1973 in Buenos Aires and graduated from the University of Buenos Aires.
   She worked as a graphic designer and enjoyed painting, baking and gourmet cooking.
   She is survived by her husband, Thomas Burton; her sons, Benjamin and Luca; her parents, Graciela and Juan Leon; her sister, Carolina Leon Carri; her father-in-law, Ray (Carol) Burton; her mother-in-law, Marlene (William Witz) Burton; and her brothers-in-law, Michael (Serena) and Bradley.
   Services will be held in Buenos Aires.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benjamin Burton 529 fund. Make checks payable to UBS Financial Services Inc. and mail to UBS, Attn: Steve Smith, 1 Tower Lane, Suite 600, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60189. Please write “Benjamin Burton 529” in the memo line.

Jack Frank Kuhlman
Jack Frank Kuhlman of Parker, Colo., formerly of Hinsdale, passed away peacefully April 23, 2017, after a valiant battle with cancer.
   Jack, 77, was born in 1939 in St. Louis to Frank H. and Edna Postel Kuhlman. He graduated from Southwest High School in St. Louis and from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., in 1961, where he earned a bachelor’s in sociology. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he served as its president as well as president of the Interfraternity Council. He received the Outstanding Senior Award and Who’s Who Among Students. Jack went on to earn a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1967, was a member of the Law Review and president of his senior class.
   Jack married Vera in 1961 in Hinsdale, where they raised their family. He served on the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Jaycees and Hinsdale Community House Board of Governors. His volunteered as a Little League coach, played the bass in the Free Notes jazz band and enjoyed tennis with family and friends at Burns Field and Salt Creek Club. Family vacations around the country were also special, especially summers spent in Good Hart, Mich., enjoying a “beach day” sailing, grilling on the Weber and an “EYHO” sunset. 
   He was employed by Continental Casualty Co. in Chicago as an organizational analyst before going into private law practice in 1967 in Hinsdale as Collis and Kuhlman, concentrating on estates, trusts and wills, real estate, family law, zoning and small business matters. He served as a bank director at the former Northern Trust Bank DuPage, director of the DuPage County Bar Association and instructor of business law at the Keller Graduate School of Management. He was also a member of Illinois State Bar Association Assembly and the Hinsdale Lawyer’s League coordinator.
   Jack and Vera retired to Parker, Colo, in 2000. Jack began working for H&R Block in 2005, continuing there until his illness. His favorite discussion topics were his children and grandchildren, the Rockies and jazz music. He could recall sport trivia at all times and enjoyed watching “the sport of the day” whether it was baseball, basketball, golf or tennis. Jack always saw the best in everyone, never met a stranger, and was an eternal optimist with a contagious smile.
   He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Vera Ann Kuhlman; his children, John F. Kuhlman and Elizabeth Ann (Rodolfo) Gonzalez; his grandchildren, Alejandra Gonzalez, Hayden Kuhlman and Jessica Kuhlman; his sisters-in-law, Laura Collis Antrim, Vicky Collis Benson and Jonnina Collis Benson; his brother-in-law, David E. Antrim; his nieces, Amy McCurry and Jane Tilly; and his nephews, Michael Antrim, Ted Antrim, Tom Benson, Andy Benson and John Benson.
   A celebration of Jack’s life will be held Friday, June 23, at the family home.
Memorial contributions can be made online to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Westminster College at

Barbara Smulski Stucker
Barbara Smulski Stucker, 83, of Hinsdale, passed away May 6, 2017.
Barbara was born in 1934, the only child of John and Marie Smulski. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Chicago Lab School and the University of Chicago. It was there that she met the love of her life, Max Stucker, and they began their life together.
   Lifelong members of First Christian Church of Chicago, they married there in 1955. The church became the abiding force and support in Barbara’s life, and she enjoyed serving in endless capacities within it.
   Barbara, a homemaker, was a member of AAUW and Hinsdale Questers and served as a docent for the Hinsdale Historical Society. Her love for her family was central to her life.
   She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Max.
   She is survived by her daughter, Jean Brown (Jim); and her grandchildren, Andrew (Stefanie) Joyner, Mark Joyner, Katelyn Joyner and Lauren Joyner.
   A memorial visitation is set for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th Street, Countryside. A a memorial service will follow at 6 p.m.          Inurnment is private.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Audubon Society, ATTN: Tribute Gift, 225 Varick St., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10014, or online at

Helen R. Sullivan
Helen R. Sullivan, 91, a 61-year resident of Hinsdale, passed away May 2, 2017, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Willowbrook with her family by her side.
   She was born in 1926 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Helen was an outstanding interior decorator, an avid tennis player and fan, a former Hinsdale real estate agent and a supporter of the Chicago Art Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition, she was a founder of the Preview Party for the Hinsdale Antique Show and Sale. Recently Helen was recognized for her 23 years of membership in the Garden Study Club of Hinsdale.
   Loved by many for her sense of humor and love of chocolate, Helen held a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Illinois.
   She was preceded in death by her son, Bill Sullivan.
   She is survived by her children, Janet ”Jan” Sullivan (Sandy) Stein and Doug Sullivan; her grandchildren, Cooper and Skylar Sullivan; her brother, Bill (Betty) Young; her nephews, John, Steve and Bill Young; her special friends, Pam Butler and Kevin Baab; and her many friends at Grace Episcopal Church.
   A funeral service will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, May 26, at Grace Episcopal Church, 120 E. First St. Hinsdale.
   Family and friends will gather following the service at the church.
   Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (payable to UC Regents), University of California at San Diego, ATTN: Mary Sundsmo, 9500 Gilman Drive MC0949; La Jolla, CA 92093-0949. 
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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