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OBITUARIES:  (published June 22, 2017)

Lillian V. Clubb
Lillian V. Clubb, nee Vacko, 98, died May 26, 2017, at Senior Star at Weber Place in Romeoville.
   She was born in 1918 in Dodge Center, Minn., and was a Hinsdale resident for more than 50 years.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; and her siblings, Albert, Emil, Tony, Eleanor and Helen. She is survived by her brother, William; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
   Visitation is from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, June 26, in the Fireplace Room at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 4th & Clay St., Hinsdale. A memorial Mass will follow at the church at 10 a.m.
   Inurnment is private at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook handled the arrangements.

Roberta L. Marek
Roberta “Bobbie” L. Marek, nee Cummings, 63, of Chicago, died June 18, 2017, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
   She was born in 1954 in Chicago.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Rose Cummings.
   She is survived by her husband, William “Billy” J. Marek; her children, Jamie (Shane) Cruz of Hinsdale and Patrick Marek; her grandchildren, Kaela, Alexa and Brayden Cruz; her siblings, Diane (Daniel) Curtis, Karen (Bob) Quinn, and Robert (Patti) Cummings; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Visitation is from 3 to 9 today, June 22, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St. Hinsdale.
   A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday, June 23, at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., Chicago.
   A chapel interment service will follow at 12:15 p.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Interment Chapel, 6001 W 111th St., Alsip.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

John Mendes
John Mendes, OFS, 78, died June 5, 2017, at St. Joseph Hospital in Reading, Penn.
   He was born in 1938 in Portugal.
   John was a longtime resident at Mayslake Village, Oak Brook. While at Mayslake Village, John served as a board member, holding the offices of vice president and secretary.
   He was a local, regional and national minister. He also served as a local formation director and a regional formation director.
   He served in the Air Force during the war in Vietnam.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marie, nee Sousa, Mendes; and his siblings, Walter Gasper, Norma, nee Gasper, Fischer, Lavern Gasper and Dennis Mendes.
   He is survived by his nephews, Doug Anderson, Paul Stewart and John Fischer; and his nieces, Paulette Staats and Dana Mendes.
   Visitation is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at St. Colette Catholic Church, 3900 Meadow Drive, Rolling Meadows.
   A funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the church.
   Entombment is at St. Michael The Archangel Cemetery in Palatine.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Luigi Taticchi
Luigi Taticchi, 76, died June 17, 2017, after a long battle with cancer at his home in Plantation, Fla., surrounded by loved ones.
   Luigi was born in Perugia, Italy, the first child of Tecla Borgia and Cesare Taticchi in 1941.    He graduated from the Universitá di Perugia with a doctorate in agricultural engineering sciences. After fulfilling his military duty in Italy, he was hired by Fiat SpA, where he worked for more than 40 years. His job took him to Chicago in 1976.
   The following year he met Maria, and they shared 40 wonderful years of marriage. After meeting in Chicago, they were transferred to Brazil, where they spent two years, before moving to Venezuela, where they lived and worked for eight years. Eventually they returned to the United States, settling in Plantation, Fla., where they have lived for 24 years.
   For five years during that time, Luigi managed the Case New Holland global operations in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2003, he started working in international real estate, which he continued to do until recently.
   He is survived by his wife, Maria Menendez Taticchi; his mother, Tecla Borgia; his brother, Francesco Taticchi; his son, Alessandro (Camilla Monini) Taticchi Borgia; his stepchildren, Maria (Jim) Honan of Hinsdale, Robert (Kasia) Lopez and Annie (Vladimir) Kiperman of Hinsdale; his nephews, Paolo Taticchi Borgia and Tommaso Taticchi Borgia; his grandchildren, Christina Honan (Matt) Swan, Jimmy Honan, Patrick Honan, Hannah Kiperman and Nico Kiperman of Hinsdale and Ludovica Taticchi.
   A Mass was said June 20 at Saint Gregory the Great in Plantation, Fla.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to Trustbridge Hospice Care at or Cancer Research Institute at

Isabel Louise Hendel Thompson
Isabel Louise Hendel Thompson, 90, died June 8, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La. 
   She was born in 1927 in Summit to Elizabeth Gertrude Sovereign Hendel and Robert Walter Hendel. She grew up in Brookfield and Riverside, entering the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1944. There she met Tom Truely Thompson, and they were married in 1947.
   She was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the U of I Marching Band, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1948. In 1968, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in British history. She also earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1993.
   She held a variety of positions after her children were grown. She was a counselor at the Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and at the DuPage County Health Department. In 1976, she founded Lighting Bug Ltd., which became an industry leader in providing handcrafted electric lighting fixtures for doll houses and miniature rooms. She sold the business 30 years later when she retired in December 2005.
   She lived most of her adult life in Hinsdale and Willowbrook. She enjoyed opera and playing clarinet and was a member for many years of the West Suburban Symphony. She also enjoyed reading mysteries, European travel and following politics.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Truely Thompson; and her sister, Catherine Jane Hendel Konvicka.
   She is survived by her children, Jean L. Thompson of Paul R. (Mary H.) Thompson, Ann L. Thompson and John W. (Laurie A. Blakely) Thompson; her grandchildren, Peter (Jennifer) Thompson, Michael (Laurie) Thompson, Sarah Alexander, Mark (fiancée Tiffany Sarandis) Alexander and Robin Thompson; her two great-grandchildren, Henry and Caroline Thompson; her sister, Dorothy Hendel (Ken) Ebi; and her brother, Robert (Shirley) Hendel.
   A graveside ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 14, at Bronswood Cemetery, 3805 Madison St., Oak Brook.

Charles R. Werle
Charles “Chuck” R. Werle, APR, Fellow PRSA, a former Chicago journalist and public relations executive, died at age 81 April 21, 2017, at his home in Asheville, N.C. Chuck was a longtime Hinsdale resident before his retirement.
   Although he had retired from his full-time PR career, he continued to work as a PR counselor and a writer, publishing two books, one on his favorite pastime of golfing and the other on fulfilling his lifelong “bucket list.”
   Born and raised in Michigan, Chuck earned a degree in journalism from Michigan State University. After serving in the Army, he pursued a career as a sports writer and editor at The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), the La Porte Herald-Argus (Indiana) and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), where he reported on such sports stars as Joe Garagiola, Ray Nitschke, Bart Starr, Ernie Banks and Dick Weber and covered sporting events including the Indy 500 and the Augusta Masters Golf Tournament.
   After his time as a sports writer, he began a long, rewarding career in public relations, starting at Miller Brewing Co. in Milwaukee. As a creative publicity event coordinator, he organized many unique events during those years, including the “World’s Greatest Chicken Plucking Contest” in Florida in the 1970s. Chuck moved on to Chicago to work for J. Walter Thompson, then First Chicago Bank, where he produced an award-winning annual report. He later served as head of communications for Leo Burnett Worldwide in Chicago before starting his own public relations firm. The author of an executives’ guidebook on press relations that was distributed by Harvard University’s Business School, Chuck was voted outstanding public relations executive by the Chicago Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, which he served as president, and was inducted into the PRSA National College of Fellows in 1992.
   He is survived by his former wife, Kathy; his sons, Jeff and Dave; and his four grandchildren, Madison, Destiny, Hannah and Joe.
   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 26, at Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 S. Garfield Ave.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 945 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521.
   Moore Funeral Home at Forest Lawn in North Carolina handled arrangements. Condolences may be sent through its website at


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