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OBITUARIES:  (published Aug. 16, 2018)

Bartl L. Main
Bartl L. Main of Lisle, passed away Aug. 5, 2018.
   Bart, 91, was born in Chicago in 1926. He served in World War II as a hospital corpsman and graduated from Lake Forest College. For the next 45 years his entrepreneurial nature spearheaded many successful business ventures.
   He retired to Sun City Center, Fla., where he applied his lifelong passion for fitness to helping others. He redesigned the community fitness center and actively educated and trained many residents in the benefits of physical exercise. Bart had an engaging presence, was a    “Man of His Word” and gave his best to everything he did.
   He was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur.
   He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Josephine; his children, Bartl Jr. (Donna), Thomas (Lodi), Alan (Janet), and Michael; his brother Louis (Karen) Jr.; his 14 grandchildren; and his 12 great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 S. Garfield St., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m.
   Interment is private.
   In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of one’s choice or simply a “random act of kindness” is appreciated.
   Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook handled the arrangements.

Stan Mikita
Stan Mikita, a former resident of Oak Brook, passed away Aug. 7. 2018.
   Stan, 78, was born Stanislav Guoth in Sokolce, Czechoslovakia, in 1940 to Jurag and Emilia. Stan met his would-be wife Jill in 1962 at a political event that Jill had organized while working as a Congressional Secretary in 1962. It was not love at first sight, but by the second date they both knew they had found their loves. Jill was the glue that held the family together while Stan traveled. Working as a team they built a family that grew with love, strength and understanding.
   As a father, Stan taught his children by example about acceptance, compassion and patience, often reminding them that it doesn’t cost anything to be nice to people. He stressed that everyone is equally worthy of respect and kindness; that people are more alike than they are different. Stan also imparted his sense of humor and love of storytelling.
   When Stan became a grandfather, he was able to fully enjoy his grandkids’ adventures, without the pressures of being on the road. This was a huge source of joy to him. It was not uncommon to see him on the floor frolicking with them, and he also enjoyed their sports, their concerts and their school events.
   Stan was fortunate enough to have family in both Canada and Slovakia. He always retained a deep love and connection to them. Stan became a U.S. citizen in 1982 and always said this was one of his proudest achievements.
   Practicing what he preached, Stan treated his teammates like family and welcomed all new players, offering advice and encouragement. He opened his home to dozens of young players, and with Jill’s support, provided a home away from home. He also delighted in pranking rookies, taking them on snipe hunts and cutting off their ties while they slept on the train.
   Beloved as a sportsman and more so as a person, Stan died as he lived, with patience, humility, tenacity and good-humor. Despite having suffered from dementia for the past four years, he provided one last smile for his loving family just moments before the end.
   Stan is survived by wife of 55 years, Jill; his children, Meg, Scott, Jane (Scott) Gneiser, and Christopher (Jennifer); his grandchildren Emily and Erin Johnson, Hannah and Lily Mikita, Charlie, Billy and Tommy Gneiser and Kayla & Megan Mikita; his siblings, Jurag, Viera Uhliarova, and Irene Palkovic.
   A public visitation was held Aug. 12 at the United Center in Chicago.
   A private family Funeral and Interment will be held at a later date.
   In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at, the Wounded Warrior Project at, or the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation for Amita Health Adventist St. Thomas Hospice
   Arrangements were made by Sullivan Funeral Home of Hinsdale.


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