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OBITUARIES:  (published Sept. 13, 2018)

Robert Eugene Geukink
Dr. Robert Eugene Geurkink, 85, a former longtime Hinsdale resident, passed away Sept. 4, 2018, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
   Robert was born on the South Side of Chicago in 1932, the son of John and Catherine (Rensenbrink) Geurkink, and brother to siblings Edwin, Harriet, Lorraine and Dorothy. He attended Chicago Christian High School where he met Jean, his one true love, and they began their nearly 70-year relationship.
   Robert attended Wheaton College and then transferred to Northwestern University where he undertook his medical studies and residency, graduating in 1957. While in medical school, he actively traded commodities on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to help pay for tuition, alongside his father, John, and brother, Edwin.
   He began his general surgery practice in 1962 and continued on the staff at the university hospital as well as practicing at La Grange Memorial Hospital, being named chief of surgery there in 1988. He distinguished himself professionally through numerous contributions to scientific journals with his partner, Dr. James Hines, and others. Underlying his successful practice, he had a deep personal commitment to his patients. The Geurkinks were married in 1954, and lived in Chicago until their move to Hinsdale in 1962, where they chose to raise their four daughters. He blended his career and family life with care, ensuring that family vacations were regular and plenty, whether it was commandeering a houseboat in Missouri or teaching his daughters his new found love of skiing in Colorado. He and Jean traveled to every continent other than Antarctica.
   Given his lifelong passion for music, he sang in choirs for many years, including the choir at the Hinsdale Covenant Church, where he was a longstanding member. He could be counted on for sage counsel and quiet, gentle strength in times of need. He was a generous philanthropist without the need for public recognition, had a sly sense of humor and was a stalwart friend to many.
   He is survived by his four daughters, Linda (Jim) DeGrado, Susan (Bill) Leonhard, Roberta (David) Southard and Laurel (Bob) Carignan; his nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
   The Celebration of Life service will be held on his birthday, Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 10 a.m. at Hinsdale Covenant Church, 412 S. Garfield Ave.
   Interment will be private at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hinsdale Covenant Church, 412 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521.

Edward D. Jenkins
Edward D. Jenkins, 77, of Clarendon Hills died Sept. 8, 2018.
   Edward was a proud graduate of the University of Illinois and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He was a CPA and retired from United Way in 2005. He also volunteered with the Westmont Emergency Management Agency for 45 years and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the village.
   He was preceded in death by his sister, Ardith Guilfoyle.
   He is survived by his wife, Alexandra Jenkins, nee Foreit; his daughter, Kristin (Paul) Bronsteader; and his granddaughter, Emma Bronsteader.
   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Community Presbyterian Church of Clarendon Hills, 39 N. Prospect Ave.
   Interment is private.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1801 Meyers Road, No. 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 or online at
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Joseph F. Miks
Joseph F. Miks, 72, of Indian Head Park, formerly of Hinsdale and Waukegan, died Aug. 25, 2018.
   He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam from 1970-71.
Joseph loved running, health, sports — especially the Chicago Cubs and Northwestern Wild Cats — beer, laughter, music, travel and above all spending special time with family and friends, especially babysitting his grandchildren.
   He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Paula “Polly” Walgren, nee Krupko; his children, James “Jimmy” (Christine) Miks and Meghan (Patrick) Carey; his step-children, Chris (Mary) Walgren, Kate (Sean) Handel and Tim (Kate) Walgren; his grandchildren, Madison and Molly Miks and Quinn and Chloe Carey; his step-grandchildren, Cole, Charlotte, Natalie, Tyler, Reed, Owen and Brandt; his sisters, JoAnne (Doug) Pekkarinen and Evelyn Miks; and his niece and nephews, Jeanine, Joe, James, Jon and Jason.
   A welcome and reception will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at First United Methodist Church, 100 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange. A memorial service will follow at the church at 2 p.m.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60601, or online at
   Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Countryside handled the arrangements.

Audrey E. Walsh
   Audrey E. Walsh, nee Reeb, 87, formerly of Oak Park, died Sept. 2, 2018, at her home in Willow Springs.
   Audrey was born in 1930 in Chicago and was a proud alum of Trinity High School and Rosary College.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, John “Jack” V. Walsh; and her brothers, Bill and Jim Reeb.
   She is survived by her children, Tim (Cathy), Peggy of Hinsdale, Jackie (Chris) Lundt, John (Laura) and Patrick (Jane) Walsh; her grandchildren, Sarah, Patrick (Heather), Casey, Catherine, Caitlin, Jack, Matthew, Ryan, Molly and Sean Walsh and Maeve and Fiona Lundt; her great-grandchildren, Lila, Brennan and Mia Walsh; her sisters, Marianne (Glenn) Brooker, Jackie (the late Jim) McGill and Jeanne (the late Jack) McGuire; and many nieces and nephews.
   A funeral Mass was said Sept. 8 at Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park.
   Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ascension School, 601 Van Buren St, Oak Park, IL 60304 or online at, appreciated.
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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