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OBITUARIES:  (published Dec. 13, 2018)

Barbara Jean Altvater
Barbara Jean “Bebe” Altvater of Clarendon Hills passed away Dec. 9, 2018.
   Bebe led a very active life. She was a teacher, real estate agent and champion home decorator who saw every holiday as an opportunity to tap her creativity and sense of celebration. She had a passion for the Chicago Bears and White Sox, and loved playing tennis and golf. She even shot a hole in one once. She enjoyed the card table, with bridge as her game of choice. An avid traveler, Bebe was a passenger on a transatlantic cruise ship as a girl and later made stops throughout Europe, the Caribbean, India, Hawaii, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Puerto Rico and many other places. She was equally at home on the savannas of Africa as she was on the streets of Soho in New York.
   She is survived by her husband, Phil; her children, Peter (Tracy) Scheffler, Mark (Gisele Regatao) Scheffler and Mimi (Ben) Stockton; her grandchildren,  Andrew, Skylar, James, Finn, Julia and Summer; her siblings, William (the late Virginia) Gordon, Philip (Jean) Gordon, Mary Beth (the late John) Dove and Kathy (Stephen) Kula; and many nieces and nephews.
   A funeral Mass was said Dec. 12 at Notre Dame Parish in Clarendon Hills.
   Interment was at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

William C. Buckley
William C. “Bill” Buckley of Willowbrook died Dec. 4, 2018.
   He was born in 1926 in Chicago and served in the Navy during World War II. He was an avid beekeeper for more than 40 years.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Dottie; and his son, Rusty Buckley.
   He is survived by his children, Scott (Julie), Jill (Frank) Fishella; his daughter-in-law, Paula; his grandchildren, Russell, Samantha, Sabrina (Scot) Schottenhamel, Salena and Lauren (James) Shepherd; and his great-grandchildren, Zachary, Jonah and Zoe Dench.
   Visitation was held Dec. 9 at Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook. Services concluded after the visitation.

Jean C. Faeth
Jean C. Faeth, longtime resident of Hinsdale, passed away peacefully Dec 6, 2018.
   Jean was born in 1932 in Cincinnati, which she would call home through her college years.
From a very young age, Jean’s curiosity and love of learning was evident. This search for knowledge led her to the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated from the Teachers College in 1954. There she also found one of the other true loves of her life, her husband Harold “Hal” Faeth. Jean met Hal on a blind date, and they quickly fell in love, marrying shortly after her graduation in 1954. Jean and Hal moved first to Mississippi and then Indiana while Hal completed his graduate degrees.
   Jean continued to explore the world around her and learn on her own. She loved to walk around the campuses and be surrounded by the history and love of learning that was present and to watch the mix of brilliant individuals that one seems only able to find on a college campus. She would later tell stories of the people that she met to her granddaughters, including a conversation with William Faulkner while he and Jean were both at one of the campus fountains reading one afternoon.
   After moving to Indiana, Jean served as a high school teacher, sharing her love of knowledge with others, until the birth of her first child. Jean served as a teacher, mentor and surrogate mother to her children’s friends. She loved the arts, including theatre, opera, classical music, and painting, and she fostered this same love and appreciation in her children.
   After she and Hal moved to Hinsdale, Jean became a staple in the community and had many friends throughout the town and neighborhood from her many hobbies and interests. She was well-known for her lively get-togethers to celebrate things like awards ceremonies, and to share in the company of her many close friends. Jean sought out art that explored the human experience, and most enjoyed pieces that sparked conversation and deep thinking. A lover of learning and an adventurer at heart, she never shied away from new experiences or the chance to expand her knowledge.
   Jean’s travels took her all around the world, from seaplanes in Alaska to exploring castles in Scotland to trying to avoid the many venomous snakes in South Africa. A skilled duplicate bridge player, Jean achieved the prestigious Life Master designation and continued to play regularly until the last few weeks of her life.
Jean’s kind heart also extended to her many “grandpuppers” and to Roxy, the golden retriever who most recently adopted Jean as her person. It was not uncommon to catch her sneaking a bite or two of her own dinner to the dogs.
   Of all of the many accomplishments in her life, Jean was most proud of her family. She was known for her bright smile and infectious laughter, and for the joy she brought to all those she interacted with. Her legacy will live on in the many lives that she touched. As one of her favorite book characters, Albus Dumbledore, said, “After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
   She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Harold W. Faeth Jr., in 2004.
   She is survived by her three children, Cheryl (Paul) Kane, Steven (Valerie) Faeth and Sheila Faeth; and her three grandchildren, Erin Terryberry, Kaitlin Kane, and Elizabeth Faeth.
   A memorial service and celebration of Jean’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E. Maple St., Hinsdale, IL 60521 or As Good As Gold — Golden Retriever Rescue of IL, 518 S. Route 31, Suite 178, McHenry, IL  60050.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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