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OBITUARIES:  (published July 19, 2018)

Jon P. Merz
Jon P. Merz, 74, of Woodridge and Egg Harbor, Wis., passed away unexpectedly July 13, 2018, at his home in Egg Harbor.
   He was born in 1943, in Melrose Park to Harold and Vivian, nee Klein, Merz. On Sept. 22, 1973, he married Corinne Comis in Burr Ridge.
   Jon grew up in Hinsdale and was the fourth generation of his family to graduate from Hinsdale schools. He attended Eastern Illinois University, earning his bachelor’s degree in business and joining the TKE fraternity, where he made lifelong friends.
   After college he felt compelled to serve his country, so he enlisted in the U.S. Army, graduating from officers’ training school as a first lieutenant.
   While serving in Vietnam, Jon was injured in combat and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
   Jon’s successful sales career with Honeywell and Singer corporations was cut short when he suffered a brain aneurysm, which left him partially disabled. Despite chronic health issues, Jon and Corinne enjoyed many years of travel. They traveled extensively throughout the country and around the world. He especially loved his trips to Italy and Greece. During his life, Jon was an avid music fan, liked to fish, golf and spend summers and holidays in Door County where he made many good friends.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jay.
   Jon is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Corinne; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Merz; a niece, Meredith (Doyle) Devereux; a nephew, Daniel (Ami) Merz; and great-nephews and a great-niece, all of Hinsdale.
   A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
   Memorials may be made online at
   Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., is handling the arrangements.

Dale P. Miller
Dale P. Miller, nee Scheffler, 75, of Aurora, formerly of Hinsdale, died July 12, 2018.
   She was preceded in death by her son, C. Scott; and her brother, Thomas Scheffler.
   She is survived by her children, Robert L. (Denise), Theresa A. and Carl A. (Katie) Miller; her eight grandchildren; her eight great-grandchildren; her siblings, Janice (Bob) Foster, Roy (Carol) and Kathleen; and many nieces and nephews.
   Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 20, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale.
   A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the funeral home.
   Interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Judith Anna Moniak
Judith Anna Moniak, née Paul, died June 30, 2018 at New Perspectives in Sun Prairie, Wis., under the care of AgraceCare Hospice Services.
   Judy, 80, was born in 1937 in Edgerton, Wis., to John Alexander and Maxine Vail Paul. She grew up in Milton, Wis., enjoying her childhood years on Vernal Avenue with best friend, Mary Lindmark Bauer and cousin Ellen Munson. After the tragic death of Judy’s father, John Paul, on April 4, 1951, she attended St. Clara Academy in Sinsinawa, Wis., and graduated in 1955.    Judy had fond memories of Sister Marie Peter who helped guide her through her adolescent years. Judy remained close with her Sinsinawa roommate, Gina Demos.
   Following high school, Judy attended Milton College for one year before attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her Uncle Paul Vail (Eleanor), who was a professor in the department of economics, provided a wonderful and supportive environment to spark Judy’s desire to be a lifelong learner of art, architecture, music, cultures and politics. Judy graduated from Miami University in 1959 and stayed close with her college roommate, Sue Liefeld. 
   Judy was married in 1961 and moved to Hinsdale in 1962 where she started her family. John Paul (1965), Paul Vail (1967) and Jane Elizabeth (1971) were born, raised and educated in Hinsdale.  She was later divorced in 1979.
   Judy was active in Village Associates, Meals on Wheels and PEO.  Her Fridays were busy with trips into the city to see The Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform. Judy was fortunate to enjoy many trips abroad with The Art Institute of Chicago, thus continuing her quest for knowledge of art, architecture and world cultures. Judy began everyday reading three newspapers to thoroughly understand the events of the world. Her afternoons would consist of reading novels, trying new recipes, listening to NPR and walking her beloved wire fox terriers, Grover, Archie and Alex. 
   Judy was preceded in death by her parents; and an infant daughter. She is survived by her three children, John (Lynn), Paul and Jane (Mark) Jurgensen; and her five grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth and Paul Richard Moniak, and Atticus John, Eliot Max and Ian Vail Jurgensen.
   Judy’s family is eternally grateful for her circle of friends and neighbors, Gail and Richard Pearson, Ruth and Bob Vogele, Mary and George Hallenbeck, Rubén and Carolina Alarcón, Brian and Serena DiCianni and Kevin Brennan. They also thank the staff of New Perspectives and Agrace Hospice for the exceptional care they provided. 
   A celebration of life will be held in Illinois for family and friends at a later date.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Perspective Senior Living, 222 S. Bristol St., Sun Prairie, WI 53590; Agrace Care Hospice Care, 5395 E. Cheryl Pkwy., Fitchburg, WI 53711; the Alzheimer’s Association online at; or Planned Parenthood of Illinois online at


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