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OBITUARIES:  (published Nov. 30, 2017)

James Albert Alt
James Albert Alt, 76, of Hinsdale passed away Nov. 18, 2017, in Willowbrook.
   He was born in 1941 in Grand Rapids, Mich.. He enjoyed spending time with his furry companion, Coco.
   He was preceded in death by his son, Nicholas Alt.
   He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marie Alt, nee Meyers; his sons, James L. (Beril) and Michael R. (Becky); his daughter, Karen (Robert) Symonds; his grandchildren, Isabella, Olivia, Nicholas, Cassidy, Liam and Austin Alt; and his siblings, Robert, Richard and William Alt and Nancy Scully.
   Interment will be private.
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Sarah Romanelli
Sarah Romanelli, nee Provenza, 91, of Oak Brook died Nov. 21, 2017, in Westmont.
   She was born in 1926 in Chicago.
   As a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, she had a profound impact on the lives of so many. Her family takes great comfort knowing that she passed quietly, peacefully and without pain and suffering. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Joseph Romanelli.
   She is survived by her sons, John (Maryann) Romanelli, Dr. Ronald (Therese) Romanelli and Donald Romanelli; her seven grandchildren, Mara, John, Michael (Angelia), Ross, Christopher, Alex and Mia Romanelli; her brothers, Peter and James (Bonnie) Provenza; and many nieces and nephews.
   Services were held Nov. 25 at Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale.
   Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Dragonfly Angel Society, 7316 Hartford Road, Downers Grove, IL 60516.

David Charles Russell
David Charles Russell, 62, of Aurora, Colo., formerly of Hinsdale, passed away Nov. 15, 2017, of a heart attack.
   David was born in Atlanta, Ga., and grew up in Western Springs. He graduated from Lyons Township High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a master’s degree in family therapy from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.
   He had a long career in the business insurance industry, but felt most fulfilled when helping others.
   David was passionate about his work within his church communities in Illinois and Colorado, and provided encouragement to many. He treasured the time he spent involved with, and holding offices in, the Clarendon Hills Lions Club and the YMCA Indian Boundary Indian Guides program, and brought ambitious aspirations to these passions.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Eugene and Gladys Jesse, nee Lynch, Russell.
   He is survived by his sons, David (Katherine) and Jonathan; his grandchildren, James and Addison; his sisters, Karon Rubens, Donna (Tony) Danhelka and Janet (Jim) Warner; and several nieces and nephews.
   A memorial service was held at the Corona Presbyterian Church in Denver Nov. 30
Burial was private.
   Memorials may be made to any chapter of the American Heart Association online at or to the Corona Presbyterian Church, 1205 E. Eighth Ave., Denver, CO 80218.

Don Watson
Don Watson, 87, of Austin, Texas, died Nov. 19, 2017.
   Don was the head coach of boys varsity swimming at Hinsdale Central from 1965-78, His teams won 12 consecutive state high school swimming and diving championships and had a dual meet record of 163-3. His swimmers earned 50 individual state titles and 127 relay titles.
   He was inducted into the Hinsdale High School Hall of Fame in 2003 before a crowd of 200 of his former swimmers.
   Twelve years later he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, with 76 of his former swimmers in attendance. That group included four Olympians, three U.S./world record-holders, 15 individual state champions, six members of the Hinsdale Hall of Fame and several national champions.
   After leaving Central, Watson served as director of the University of Texas Swim Center and manager of the Longhorn Aquatics Swim Club from 1981-2005.
   He is survived by his wife, Janet; his daughter, Ann; his son, Jon; and his four grandchildren.
Services were private.

Betty Jean Wright
Betty Jean Wright, 87, a resident of King Bruwaert in Burr Ridge, died Oct. 31, 2017.
   She was born in 1920 in Chicago to Theodore and Viola Wright.
   She served as deacon, elder, youth leader and ordained Stephen minister at Community Presbyterian Church. She was a graduate of Hinsdale Central High School, valedictorian at Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, and she earned her master’s degree in biology from Northwestern University. She had a 41-year career as a biologist at Argonne Laboratories.
   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Community Presbyterian Church, 39 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills.
   Interment will be private.
   Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook handled the arrangements.

Curtis J. Zamec
Curtis J. Zamec, 72, of Olympia Fields, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away Nov. 23, 2017, surrounded by his family after a long and courageous journey.
   He was born in 1945 in Cleveland.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy L. Zamec; and his parents.
   He is survived by his children, Kate K. Zamec, Marc T. Zamec and Curtis J. Zamec II; his grandchildren, Evan C. Zamec, Emma E. Zamec, Zach S. Zamec and Margaux K. Zamec; his daughters-in-law, Christy Zamec and Jane Zamec; and his sister, Vida Prekler.
   Visitation is from 4 to 8 today, Nov. 30, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale
   A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 306 W. Fourth St., Hinsdale.
   Interment will be at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Evans Scholars Foundation, One Briar Road, Golf, IL 60029 or online at


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