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OBITUARIES:  (published Aug. 2, 2018)

Edith M. Ayres
Edith M. Ayres, nee Bossard, 98, a 63-year resident of Hinsdale, passed away peacefully July 24, 2018, surrounded by her children at Amita Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.
   Edith was born in 1920 in Chicago to Emma, nee Tichy, and Walter Bossard. She attended Morton Junior College, where she studied secretarial sciences, and she worked as a secretary for 18 years.
   She volunteered as a crafter at Graue Mill and was a weaver there for 33 years. She was active in the Widowed Person’s Service and the Women’s Association at Union Church. She marched in Chicago for the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and was a strong supporter for women’s rights. Her family will miss hearing her family stories and her many songs.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Ayres; her brother, Walter Bossard; her son, Robert Ayres; her son-in-law, Craig Linenberger; and her niece, Patricia (Hlavin) Bean.
   Edith is survived by her daughter, Carol Ayres; her son, John Ayres; her sister, Ruth Hlavin; her granddaughters, Erica (Dan) Rooney, Audrie Ayres and Ladia (Adam Frye) Albertson-Junkins; her grandson, Christopher Linenberger; her daughter-in-law, Lori (Robert) Ayres; and her nephews, Peter and Paul Hlavin.
   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave.

Charles V. Doonan
Charles V. “Chuck” Doonan, 65, of Hinsdale, passed away July 26, 2018.
   Chuck lived 13 years with the greatly misunderstood disease of prostate cancer with courage, hope and a zest for life. He died as he lived, enfolded in the love and care of his wife of 44 years, Suzanne, his three daughters and sons in marriage, Carolyn (Tom) Wyness, Rachel (Alex) Fortiz and Erin (Scott) Stevenson.
   Always difficult to name his occupation, Chuck’s career path took an interesting course. He was an entrepreneur and always followed his dreams. Among his jobs and later careers were shoe shine outside of the bowling alley in Edison, NJ; live-in farmhand to a family in Millidgeville, Ill.; claims adjuster at Prudential Insurance; owner, proprietor, ice cream maker and scooper at Doonan’s Homemade Ice Cream Shoppe in Downers Grove; warehouse worker; nursing home administrator, executive director, leading to the opportunity for ownership of the management company, NuCare Management Corp.; rehabber of residential homes and a commercial building through the creation of Adams Hill Inc.; owner and proprietor of West End Gallery in La Grange; and finally business manager to his daughter’s business, First Words Therapy. Throughout Chuck’s life he sat on many boards and received various awards, but they do not define who he was.
   Chuck’s first and foremost love and priority were his family and spending time together. He was especially proud of his 10 grandchildren: twins Dylan and Charlie and their sister, Emma Wyness; and twins Emilio and Zulia, Joaquin, Yaili, Salvador and twins Xóchitl and Itzel Fortiz.
He was a man who lived his Christian faith, most especially through the Beatitudes. A member of Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago for 18 years, his faith was sustained and grew through his attendance at liturgy and community-building with those he met and stories shared over the years in the pews, as well as the street folks whom he befriended. Chuck had too many interests to name, but gardening was part of his DNA from a young age.
   Both of Chuck’s parents, the deceased George J. “Barney” and Bridget (nee Higgins) Doonan were lifelong residents of La Grange. For the majority of Chuck’s life, he made his home within five miles of the family homestead.
   He also is survived by his siblings, Mary Kay (Bob) Quinn, George W. (Cathleen) Doonan, Sheila (the late Dave) Damkoehler and Bert Doonan; his parents-in-law, Thomas J. (the late Barbara) Murphy; his siblings-in-law, Cathleen (George) Doonan, Deirdre (Tim) Reilly and Patrick (Noreen) Murphy; and many nieces and nephews, as well as grands and furry four-legged family members.
   A Mass was said Aug. 1 at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago.
   Interment was private.
   Memorials may be made to Catholic Extension, 150 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606; or Wellness House, 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale, IL 60521.
Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Countryside handled the arrangements.

Thomas A. Kupetis
Thomas A. Kupetis, 74, of Indian Head Park, passed away peacefully July 27, 2018, in La Grange.
   Tom was born in Chicago in 1943 to Connie and Stella Kupetis.
   Tom proudly served in the U.S. Army where he was an MP stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.    He then faithfully served his country in Vietnam from 1964-66. He enjoyed doing home improvements, dancing, bowling, golfing and rooting for his beloved White Sox.
   He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald.
   Tom is survived by his partner of 23 years, Cynthia Svec; his former wife, Carol Kupetis; his sons, Thomas (Shelley) Kupetis and Michael (Holly) Kupetis, his five grandchildren, Kevin and Julia Benway, Katrina Kupetis and Ava and Alexa Kupetis; his sister, Dolores (the late Jack) Ryan; his brother, Walter (Joanne) Kupetis; his sisters-in-law, Patricia Kupetis and Georgeann (the late Keith) Schultz; and many nieces and nephews.
   A funeral service was held Aug. 1 at Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook.
   Interment was private.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to Vietnam Veterans of America at

Helen Ruth Mehler
Helen Ruth Mehler, nee Roetzheim, of Burr Ridge and a former longtime Hinsdale resident, passed away July 22, 2018.
   Helen, 93, was born in 1925 in Chicago to parents, William G. and Margie (Haese) Roetzheim.
   She received a full academic scholarship for her undergraduate studies at Augustana College in Rock Island, where she earned two bachelor’s degrees. She later earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston and did further post-graduate work at Roosevelt University.
   She taught for 35 years in Chicago Public Schools, including Hearst and Dewey Child Parent Center, teaching kindergarten and Head Start programs. She also taught preschool at Christ Lutheran Church in Clarendon Hills and was a gifted pianist and organist. She played professionally starting in her teens and continued into her 90s.
   Helen was an active member of Union Church of Hinsdale for 60 years, serving on staff and several committees. She was a Lifetime Master in bridge, playing her final bridge game just a week before her death. She continued to be enthralled by the bustle and beauty of her home city of Chicago.
   She was a phenomenal cook and hostess and a voracious reader, gardener, play-goer, movie-watcher, Chicago Symphony Orchestra attendee and docent, Helen loved to travel and went on numerous trips to various parts of the world, including with her children and grandchildren. She was generous with her time, money, compliments, encouragement and love.    She was a great lady, true friend and mentor to many and a loving and supportive mother and grandmother.
   Helen was preceded in death by her brother, William H. Roetzheim.
   She is survived by her four daughters, Christine (Paul) Kazmar, Lynn (Ken) Kubat, Patricia and Kathryn (Ken) Johns; her grandchildren, Dr. Aimée Berliner, Kimberly Berliner, Gregory (Malissa) Johns, Hannah (Dustin) Wittmayer, Steven Johns and Sarah Kubat; and her sister-in-law, Betty Jo Roetzheim.
   A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the Union Church of Hinsdale—Angola Project at or Augustana College at

Sally Ostrego
Sally Ostrego, 63, of Downers Grove died July 25, 2018.
   She was a certified professional electrologist and the owner of A Accurate Hair Removal on South Washington Street in Hinsdale.
   She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Edward; her son, Edward (Lisa) Ostrego; her grandsons, Eddie and Leo; her siblings, Susan (Doug Hill) Cassa and Peter Cassa; her sister-in-law, Mary (Chris) Mores; and her nieces and nephews, JoAnn, George and Tayler.
   A funeral Mass was said July 30 at Holy Trinity Church in Westmont.
   Interment was at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien.
   Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Downers Grove handled the arrangements.

Arno Henry Joseph Schneiderbauer
Arno Henry Joseph Schneiderbauer, 92, of Hinsdale died July 27,2018, at King Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge.
   Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1926, he came to the United States at age 4. He grew up on the Northwest side of Chicago and attended Carl Schurz High School.
   He left school to join the Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific theater and Japan.    Upon discharge, he returned to high school and was elected president of the graduating class. He then attended and graduated from the University of Miami in 1953. Arno loved his family, tennis, fishing, poker, and telling stories.
   His is survived by his daughters, Lisa (Tim) Hedrick, Carol (Michael) Wasz and Joan (Bill) Dannacher; his grandchildren, Taylor, Lauren, Blake, Connor, Griffin, Amy, Molly, Hannah and William; and his niece, Lisa Rhodin.
   A memorial service will be held at a later date.
   Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook handled the arrangements.


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