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OBITUARIES:  (published Nov. 9, 2017)

Kathryn D. Brackett
Kathryn D. Brackett, 104, a longtime Hinsdale resident, passed away peacefully at King-Bruwaert House Nov. 4, 2017.
   She was the daughter of Clarence and Nola Dodds of Omaha, Neb. Kathryn attended Tarkio College and later worked as head chemist for Harding Dairy in Omaha, where she met Harold C. Brackett, who became her beloved husband of 74 years.
   A woman of quiet and firm faith, Kathryn was an active participant in church life, ending her days as a member of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Clarendon Hills. Kathryn was an active volunteer at Hinsdale Hospital for 45 years and a member of DAR, as well as an antique study group and a craft group. Kathryn relished the companionship of her many friends and neighbors and maintained her cheerful disposition and smile to the last of her days.
   Kathryn is survived by her daughter, Sally B. Davenport; her sons, William D.(Lucie) Brackett and John R. (Judy) Brackett, DDS, of Hinsdale; her grandchildren, William Davenport, Heather D. Jarnot, Robert Brackett and Jerry Brackett; and her eight great-grandchildren, William, Julia and Brian Davenport, Tom, Pete and Isabelle Jarnot, and Evan and Eva Brackett.
   A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Church of the Holy Nativity, 275 S. Richmond, Clarendon Hills. Interment will be private.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Kathryn Brackett Memorial Fund, c/o Church of the Holy Nativity, 275 S. Richmond, Clarendon Hills, 60514, for distribution to the Heifer Project and other charitable organizations.  Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook handled the arrangements.

Elizabeth Julia Genthner
Elizabeth “ Bette” Julia Genthner, 94, formerly of Hinsdale, died Oct. 29, 2017, at Caladonia House Senior Living of Riverside.
   Bette was born in 1923, raised in Chicago and attended Roosevelt University. She was a pioneer in the development and the training for one of the first computer payroll programs that was implemented by City Products Corp. Throughout her career, she trained and supervised her staff to use this program. Until the age of 90, Bette exercised and swam three times a week. She was also a world traveler, visiting the Amazon and several countries in Europe.
   Bette volunteered at Maryville Academy and spent many wonderful hours planting flowers at the Conservatory in Des Plaines. She will be remembered by family and friends for the love and kindness she had to share. When she laughed, her eyes sparkled and she would crinkle up her nose and smile. It was her personal trademark that life was good.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Fredrick N.; and her sister, Josephine.
   She is survived by her children, Tammy (the late Ralph) Fredrickson and Fredrick J. (Barbara); her grandchildren, Jenny (Dino) Mazone, Amy (Gian) Ricco, Nick (Liz) Genthner; her great-grandchildren, David, Heidi, Gian, George and Danny; and her sisters, Marie and Margaret.
   A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Hinsdale Covenant Church,  412 S. Garfield Ave.
   Interment will follow at Ridgewood Cemetery in Des Plaines.
Memorials may be made to Hinsdale Covenant Church, 412 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Thomas Patrick Hester
Thomas Patrick “Tom” Hester, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away Nov. 4, 2017, in Hendersonville, N.C., in the mountains he loved, surrounded by his junior high sweetheart and wife of 57 years, and his three beloved children.
   Tom was Born in Tulsa, Okla., in 1937, to Elmo Patrick and Josephine Layton Hester. He spent his early years in Glendale, Calif., Houston, and Ponca City, Okla., where he graduated from Ponca City High School in 1955.
   Tom served in the US Army from 1956-58, then graduated from Officer Candidates School and served in the reserves. He received his honorable discharge as a captain in the Judge    Advocate General’s Corps. ”Soldier first, lawyer always.”
   In 1960, Tom graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Later, at the OU law school, Tom was elected editor in chief of the Law Review and became a member of the Order of the Coif.
   After graduating law school in 1963, Tom started his legal career with the McAfee Taft law firm in Oklahoma City. In 1966, he began what would become a 30-year legal career in the Bell System. A rapid series of promotions brought Tom and his family to St. Louis, New York City, Washington, D.C., Springfield and Chicago, where Tom ended his Bell System career as executive vice president and general counsel of Ameritech. After retiring from Ameritech in 1997, Tom was counsel at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago and served as interim general counsel for both Sears, Roebuck and Co. and FMC Corp.
   An avid outdoorsman, Tom was appointed by the governor of Illinois to chairmanship of the Illinois Natural Resources Advisory Board. In addition, Tom was chairman of the Illinois Taxpayer Federation, a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Bell Telephone Corp. Tom was active in the churches to which he belonged and was most recently on the board of trustees at the Naples United Church of Christ.
   Tom had diverse interests. He embraced new technologies all of his life. For many years, he enjoyed boating on Lake Michigan. He drew great pleasure from spending time with his golfing buddies in Flat Rock, N.C., Hinsdale, and Naples, Fla., and, not too long ago, made two holes in one in less than a year. He was an avid and deep student of history, touring innumerable battlefields and other historic sites around the world. And, needless to say, Tom had a true passion for his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, and all things Sooner.
   He loved his hunting companions Rosie and Abigail, and his Yorkie, Chester.
   Tom was a true gentleman and will be remembered for his quick wit, his astute and interesting observations, and his loyalty to and love for his family friends and associates.
   Tom believed his greatest legacy was his family.
   He is survived by his wife, Nancy Belle, nee Scofield; his children, Thomas Patrick (Kim), Ann Scofield (Cornelius) and John Layton (Heather); his seven grandchildren, Emily Ann, Kayleigh Ann, Connor Thomas, Grace Scofield, Matthew Layton, Caroline Belle and Peter Fox; his sister, Mary; his nieces, Marsha, Paula and Caren; and his nephew Patrick.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave.
   A reception will follow at the church.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the Wounded Warrior Project at or the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation at

Thomas V. McGannon Jr.
Thomas V. McGannon Jr., 93, of Hinsdale, died Nov. 1, 2017, in Hinsdale.
   He was born in 1924 in Humboldt, Kan.
   He is survived by his wife of 68 years, June McGannon, nee Barrow; his children, Ann (James) Compton, Thomas V. McGannon III, Marcie (Bill) Anderson, Patrick (Bea) McGannon, Mary Kathleen McGannon and Laura (Larry) Stavenger; his grandchildren, Jesse, Brett, Jenny, Shannon, Jamie, Kimberly, Patrick, Abbie, Matt and Mark; his great-grandchildren, Tyler, Zachary Mikayla, Aidan and Madilyn; and his brother, Richard L. McGannon.
   Visitation is at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at St. Isaac Jogues Parish, 306 W. Fourth St. Hinsdale.
   A funeral Mass will be said at the church at 10 a.m.
   Inurnment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Mary Ann Pasquinelli
Mary Ann Pasquinelli, nee Roche, 81, died Nov. 2, 2017, at her home in Hinsdale.
   She was born in 1936 in Chicago.
   She is survived by her husband, Anthony Richard Pasquinelli; her children, Joseph A. (Mary), Maria Louise, David Charles (Diana), Anthony James (Roxane), Ellen Maureen (Brian) Bergersen, Anne Marie (Derek) Trnka and Joan Therese (Eric) Van Beest; her grandchildren, Olivia and Marco Pasquinelli, Kevin (Erin) and Kathleen Blakemore, David A., Charles, Emma and Abigail Pasquinelli, Christopher, Michael and Daniel Bergersen, Mary Ann and Madeline Meussling, and Grace, Mae and Jane Van Beest; her great-granddaughter, Mariam Pasquinelli; her sister, Helen (the late Bill) Birmingham; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews.
   A funeral Mass was said Nov. 6 at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale.
   Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.
   Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Mary Jane Schroeder
Mary Jane Schroeder, nee Maloney, 87, of Hinsdale died Nov. 4, 2017.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Schroeder Sr.; and her son, Timothy Schroeder.
   She is survived by her children, William T. (Mary Lynn), Karen Thompson, Mary Beth (William) Ryan and Janet Schroeder; her grandchildren, Meghann (Sajay), Timothy (Alison), Leanne, Mark, Stephen, Kevin, Catherine and Angela; her great-grandchildren, Amelia, Declan, Gloria, Ella and Gwendolyn; and many nieces and nephew.
   Friends and family will meet at 9:15 today, Nov. 9, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale, before proceeding to Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Ave. Clarendon Hills, for a 10 a.m. Mass.
   Interment is at Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Les Turner ALS Foundation, 5550 Touhy Ave. Skokie, IL 60077 or online at

Robert George Sible
Robert “Bob” George Sible, 87, died peacefully Oct. 26, 2017, with his family at his home in Burr Ridge.
   Bob was born in Chicago in 1930 to Rose, nee Weir, and Arthur Sible.
   Bob retired from the Oak Park Fire Department where he last served as deputy chief. He was in the first graduating class of FEMA.  He spent a great deal of time building beautiful things in his side job as a carpenter-contractor. Bob has a world class knowledge of tools and how to use them and will always be remembered as having a quick wit.  He enjoyed hunting with his buddies, county music and supporting his family.  Bob served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. His dogs, Louie and Mickey, will especially miss catching his tennis balls.
   Bob was preceded in death by his brothers, Arthur (the late Lee) and Bill (Laverne) Sible.
   He is survived by his wife of 66 years, G. Geraldine “Teenie” Tetrev; and his six children, Barbara Leibovitz (Steve), Kathryn (Patrick) Thompson, Linda (Bill) Cerbin, Tom (Cindy Steinz-Sible), Michael and Janet; his 11 grandchildren; his 12 great-grandchildren,.
   Visitation was Oct. 29.
   Interment was Oct. 30 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.



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