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OBITUARIES:  (published June 15, 2017)

Ann Pritchett Conner
Ann “Annie Bird” Pritchett Conner of Lewistown, Mont., formerly of Hinsdale, passed away April 22, 2017, at the Central Montana Nursing Home in Lewistown of natural causes.
   Ann, 100, was born in 1916 in Huntsville, Texas. She moved to Chicago to study at the University of Chicago. She met Dr. James A Conner and they were married in 1946. In 1951 they moved to Hinsdale, where Dr. Conner started a medical practice. Ann moved to Lewistown to be near family in 2007.
   Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James A. Conner; and her three brothers.
   She is survived by her children, Nora P. Conner and James R. (Tracy) Conner; her three grandchildren, Cary J. (Christy) Conner, Lacy (Ryan) Works and Karlyle Conner; five great-grandchildren, Killian, Asher, Allison, Breise and Finnegan; and many nieces and nephews.
   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave., with a reception to follow.
    Interment will be private at Ogden Dunes Chapel.

Patricia Ann Esslinger Ionides
Patricia Ann Esslinger Ionides, 70, of Hinsdale, died June 7, 2017, at Amita Adventist Medical Center in Hinsdale.
   She was born in 1947 in St. Paul, Minn.
   She is survived by her husband, Stavros P. Ionides, M.D.; her children, Alexandra and Christina Ionides; her sister, Mary Ellen Esslinger (Ray) Reynolds; her nieces, Kellie (Tracy) McKeown and Renee (Stephen) Midkiff; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
   A memorial Mass was said June 13 at Notre Dame Church in Clarendon Hills.
   A private family interment will be held at a later date.
   Memorials may be made online to Ruby’s Place at
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Thomas Watts Johnston
Thomas Watts Johnston, 81, a long-time resident of Hinsdale and Burr Ridge, passed away peacefully June 7, 2017, surrounded by his family. 
   Tom was born in Terre Haute, Ind., to Frances and E.I. Johnston and raised in Shelbyville, Illinois.  He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 1958 and earned a juris doctor from the University of Illinois School of Law in 1961.  While in college, he served as a senior manager of Star Course, bringing in many notable musicians, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.  During that time, Tom met the love of his life, Edie, with whom he shared 57 wonderful years of marriage.
   Gifted with a curious, powerful intellect and a strong voice, Tom found career success in commercial litigation with Chadwell & Kayser, then Keck, Mahin & Cate.
   He was deeply committed to community, serving as chairman of the Hinsdale Plan Commission and as one of the key founders of the Robert Crown Health Center. He served on the board of Soli Deo Gloria, an organization dedicated to the composition of sacred classical music. A longtime active member of Christ Church of Oak Brook, Tom was an elder and, along with Edie, taught Sunday School for 20 years. Tom had a strong Christian faith, a steadfast tenderness toward his family and a deep love of music.
   He is survived by his wife, Edith, nee Boyd; his children, Beth Frances (Scott) Stephenson, Thomas Boyd Johnston and Julie Anne Johnston; his grandchildren, the Rev. Peter N. (Carla) Johnston, Emma, Abigail, Claire and Rebecca Johnston and Virginia and Caroline Stephenson; his great-grandchildren, Elsie, Horatio, and Madalena Johnston; his brother, Robert C. (Debi) Johnston; and many nieces and nephews.
   A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st & York Road, Oak Brook.
   Memorials may be made to Christ Church of Oak Brook, Soli Deo Gloria, Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, or the Robert Crown Center for Health Education.
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

William C. Swanson
William C. Swanson, 91, of Clarendon Hills, passed away June 10, 2017, at Amita Adventist Medical Center in Hinsdale.
   He was born in Starke County, Ind., in 1925 to Harry and Lillian (Myers) Swanson.
   Working as a hydraulic engineer, Bill was always inventing ways to get the job done. The solution may not have been easy, but it was always right. He served his country by fighting in World War II while enlisted in the Army.
   After he married Florence Krajewski and they moved into their first home, their family grew and so did the house, by additions of Bill’s design and endless amounts of elbow grease. In fact, his talents with plywood became something of legend. One could not escape his handshake and detailed stories of fishing, the Army and inventions.  Bill’s unique dedication to helping family and friends was always at the ready and is already missed.
   William is survived by his wife, Florence (Krajewski) Swanson; his children, Susan (Paul) Cooke, Carol (Robert) Van Zelst, William and Jon C. (Mary Lou) Swanson; his grandchildren, Matthew (Ashley) Van Zelst and Kristin (Stephen) Wagner. He is remembered with love by Jeff Malek.
   Visitation is from 3 to 8 today, June 15, at Sullivan Funeral home, 60 S. Grant St. Hinsdale.
   Friends and family will gather at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Friday, June 16, before proceeding to Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills, for a 10 a.m. Mass.
   Interment is at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.

Sara Cornell Weber
Sara Cornell Weber, 79, a longtime resident of Hinsdale and recently of Clarendon Hills, passed away May 31, 2017, after a long illness.
   Born in 1938 in Evergreen Park, she moved to Hinsdale at the age of 4. She attended Garfield School located on the site of the current Hinsdale Middle School and was part of the first freshman class to attend the new Hinsdale Township High School at 55th and Grant Streets. Graduating in 1956, she then attended University of Colorado at Boulder, where she earned a degree in art history with a minor in fine arts and met her future husband, Karl G Weber. Upon their graduation, they moved back to Chicago and married at Union Church in August of 1960.
   While her husband began a career in the steel industry, she worked as an editor for Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago. Within a couple of years, children came along and she left to become a full-time stay-at-home parent. It was during these years that she first discovered her love of gardening, and each yard became her canvas. When it came to gardening, she believed that Creeping Charlie is the enemy, she could get an Eastern Dogwood to survive if she just found the right spot and it never rained enough, at least not over her yard.
   She was co-owner and board member of Cold-Flow Corp., a specialty manufacturer of warm and cold forgings founded by her husband in 1976. In 1986, they founded Radon Detection Specialists, and she worked tirelessly to build the company into the largest residential radon testing business in Illinois.
   Sara was preceded in death by her husband, Karl; her parents, A. Nelson and Elizabeth D. Cornell; and her sisters, Sandra Halvorsen and Judy Duke.
   She is survived by her four children, Noelle (Terry Huebner), Kirsten (Andrew) Schmidt, Karen Weber and Karl (Michelle) Weber; her eight grandchildren, Michael Huebner, Ben Huebner, Gretchen Huebner, Garret Schmidt, Mason Schmidt, Alec Schmidt, Michael Sahs and Daniel Sahs; her sister, Susan (Lee) Stahl; and her brother, Arthur N. Cornell Jr.
   A celebration of Sara’s life will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, 5901 S. County Line Road, Hinsdale.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to The National Stroke Foundation at
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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