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OBITUARIES:  (published July 4, 2019)

Thomas M. Gartner
Thomas M. Gartner, 68, passed away June 27, 2019, at Palos Community Hospital, surrounded by family.
   He was born in 1951 in Chicago to Mathias and Laverne, nee Doody, Gartner.
Tom graduated Bogan High School on Chicago’s southwest side in 1970 and entered the transportation industry. He married Elaine Klecka in 1977. The couple settled in Bolingbrook, where Tom worked as a truck driver.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, in 2018; and his father, Mathias.
He is survived by his five sons, Adam (Pamela), Daniel (Erika) of Hinsdale, Jason (Maricel), Eric and Thomas; his five grandchildren, Veronica, Julian, Sophia, Addison and Adam; his siblings, Sue (Joe) Lamy, John Gartner, Patrick Gartner, Victoria (Lou) Wilk and Matthew (Rebecca) Gartner; his mother, Laverne; and many nieces and nephews.
   A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Adolf Funeral Home Ltd., 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook.

Hadley Chamberlain Pihl
Hadley Chamberlain Pihl, a former Hinsdale resident, died peacefully May 27, 2019, at Park Place in Elmhurst.
   Hadley was born and raised in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts, attending Barnstable High School, St. Marks School, Holy Cross College and Harvard University, where he graduated in 1947 with a degree in business administration. In the late 1940s, he moved to Chicago to begin training and employment at Sears Roebuck and Co., starting out as a buyer for the plumbing and toy departments before moving on to catalog marketing. He retired in 1981.
   Hadley married Carol, a Hinsdale native, in October 1950, and the twins Marty and Rob were born in August 1951. They raised their family in Hinsdale, where they lived for more than 60 years, with community involvement often focused on their beloved Union Church. Later, their lives included travel to Europe, Central and South America as well as many visits to see their growing family in the U.S. and Canada.
   Hadley enjoyed long-term volunteer service with the Union Church and the Boy Scouts of America, but he assisted many other organizations as well. His love of painting began early in life under the tutelage of his father and flourished in the decades that followed. While he loved to create art, Hadley also greatly enjoyed sharing it. He and Carol moved to Park Place in 2013 and there formed, along with several other artists, the “Arts in Mission,” program which directs proceeds from the sale of their artwork to an endowment fund that assists residents in need.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Brooks Pihl.
   He is survived by his two children, Robert Hadley (Deborah) Pihl and Martha Pihl (Steven) Bacus; his five grandchildren; and his nine great-grandchildren (with another expected in October).
   A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at The Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Providence Life Services (Giving: Endowment Fund — Resident Assistance), 18601 N. Creek Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477; or The Union Church, 137 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521.

Joyce Siever
Joyce Siever, 87,a 53-year resident of Hinsdale, died June 28, 2019, at Amita Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.
   She was born in 1932 in Peoria and was a retired music store clerk. She also was a member of Beta Sigma Phi.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Siever.
   She is survived by her children, Dennis, Diane and Daryl (Eileen) Siever; her grandchildren, Nathan (Rachel), Phillip (Kyleigh), Daniel and Jason; her great-granddaughter, Ava; her sister, Margie (the late Tim) Cas; and many nieces and nephews.
   Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Bronswood Cemetery, 3805 N. Madison St., Oak Brook, IL 60532.
   Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

William Henry Webster Sr.
William Henry Webster Sr., 98, died June 26, 2019, at his retirement home in Little Rock, Ark., after a brief illness.
   William was born in 1920 in Chicago, the second son of William Henry and Mary Warren Webster. He grew up in Hinsdale and was active in Boy Scouts (an Eagle at 14), National Honor Society and school musicals. He was awarded nine athletic letters and was class president.
   He attended Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he played varsity basketball and football, and was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. Having attended CMTC at Ft. Sheridan and college ROTC, he volunteered for pilot training in the Army Air Corps and received his wings and commission on Dec. 12, 1941. After stateside training in attack aviation, he went overseas in September 1942 to Australia and New Guinea, where he flew 42 combat missions in A-20 (Havoc) and B-25 (Billy Mitchell) bombers with the 8th Squadron, 3rd Attack Gp., 5th Air Force. He was shot down twice but survived each time with only minor injuries and burns. He was awarded the Silver Star, two Air Medals, two Purple Hearts and six campaign citations.    After he completed his tour of duty, he was sent home in December 1943. After recovering from malaria, he spent the next two years with assignments as B-25 instructor pilot at Randolph Field, Base Operations Office at Waco and Aircrew Personnel Officer at Training Command Headquarters in Ft. Worth. He was released from active duty as a major in June 1946. 
   He began his business career in July 1946 in the securities business and later the securities side of banking at National Bank of Commerce in San Antonio. With the strong encouragement of his employer, he continued his flying in the active Air Force Reserves as a squadron commander in Military Air Transport Service in C-47s and C-54s, including two summer tours in the Berlin Airlift. Recalled to active duty for the Korean War, he flew C-54s and C-97s as a squadron commander in Pacific Division of MATS. Released from active duty in July 1953, he returned to his banking career in San Antonio where he attended night law school at St. Mary’s and three summer sessions at Rutgers Graduate School, New Brunswick, N.J. He was made Senior Trust Officer at NBC in 1958, while simultaneously maintaining his flying proficiency as deputy director of operations for Pacific Division, MATS, flying C-97s and C-124’s.
   In January 1961 he moved to Louisville, Ky., to take the job as the executive vice president and senior trust officer of Citizens Fidelity Bank. Again, he was encouraged by the bank’s board of directors to stay active in the Air Force Reserves by accepting the appointment as wing commander of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Tac Recon Wing, involving almost 2,800 officers and men, four Groups and 50 RB-57’s and later RF 101 jets. His promotion to brigadier general was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 1964. After 25 years of active duty and active reserve service, he retired to inactive status in 1966 as a command pilot with more than 8,000 hours of military flying in multi-engine bombers and transport planes.
   In January 1968 he moved to Orlando to become the co-founder and president of Trust Company of Florida. When it was bought out by a national bank, he and his family moved to Little Rock in August 1969 to become head of the trust department of Union National Bank, where he served 16 years until mandatory retirement moved him aside. The next day he took a job as associate director of the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas and served there from 1986-2010.
   His business honors include serving as American Institute of Banking Instructor in various trust courses, two-year term as president of Central Arkansas Estate Planning Council, and a three-year term (1978-81) on the executive committee of the Trust Division of American Bankers Association, the first Arkansan to be so selected. 
   In his 50 years in Little Rock, his civic activities included serving as chairman of Pulaski Co. Chapter of American Red Cross and treasurer of several organizations: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Opera Theater, St. Joseph’s Home for Children and the Cammack Village Fire Department. He also was a member of the administrative board of St. Paul United Methodist Church (and a choir member there for 29 years) and Rotary Club 99.
   An active sports enthusiast, he continued his interest in basketball and football after his playing days were over by officiating high school, college and military base football and basketball games from 1946-60. Also, as a member of Country Club of Little Rock, his competitive golfing won him the senior championship there for four years in the early 1980s.
   He married Betty Alice Baldwin of Muskogee, Okla., in May 1942, and they were confirmed travelers with more than 50 trips to foreign countries. In 2006, he self-published    “The Fabulous Future Behind Us,” his account of their 60 years of travels at home and abroad.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, who passed away in 2008; and by his son, Michael W. Webster.
   He is survived by his son, William H. Webster Jr.; his daughter, Lynn Webster; and one granddaughter, Celeste Oram.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment Fund, 2223 Durwood Road, Little Rock, AR 72207.
   A funeral service was held July 3 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
   Ruebel Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
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