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OBITUARIES:  (published Dec. 21, 2017)

Joseph J. Avers
Joseph J. Avers, 91, a Hinsdale resident since 1966, passed away Dec. 9, 2017, of natural causes.
   Mr. Avers proudly served and fought for his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, which included an assignment as an honor guard for Gen. Douglas MacArthur on the USS Missouri in 1945. After the service, he spent his entire career in the life insurance industry, mostly with Met Life, while raising his family here in town. In the 1970s  and ’80s, he was very active in the Hinsdale Little League as a coach and board member. Many knew him for the work he did alongside his children working the early morning paper routes throughout Hinsdale.
   He is survived by his wife, Betty L. Avers, nee Hoffman; his sons, Randy (Cathy), James (Becky), David, Paul (Cathy), Richard (Karen), Robert (Barbara); his siblings, Tommy Yaverski, Rosemary Alo and Therese Vallina; 17 grandchildren; 1 great-granchild and many nieces and nephews.
   Interment will be private at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook,
   Sullivan Funeral Home Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Loretta DiTommaso
Loretta DiTommaso, 95, a former Hinsdale resident, died Dec. 19, 2017, at her Elmhurst home.
   She was born in 1922 in Chicago.
   She represented the true meaning of unconditional love.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent DiTommaso; and her great-grandson, Ryan.
   She is survived by her children, Anita (Michael) Plecas, Anthony G. (Lucy) DiTommaso and Vincent L. (Tristen) DiTommaso; her grandchildren, Nicole, Nicholas (Angela) Plecas, Emily L. (Kyle) Bersnak, Vincent J., Lorelei E., Cecilia A., Alexandra (Cody) Levine and James V.; and her great-grandchildren,  Nicholas, Elizabeth, Katherine and Thomas.
   A private funeral Mass will be said at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale. Entombment will be at All Saints Cemetery Mausoleum in Des Plaines.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Marian Schmidt Francis
Marian (Marnie) Schmidt Francis, 94, died peacefully Dec. 9, 2017, at the King-Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge.
   Marnie spent nearly 70 years of her long and happy life in her native Hinsdale. Born in 1923, Marnie was eldest child of Elizabeth and Rudolf Schmidt. She grew up at 605 S. Garfield St. with her siblings, Bobsie (Barbara S. Donahue), Dick (Richard Schmidt) and Kay (Katherine Teall).  She graduated from Hinsdale High School and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago prior to her marriage, in 1941, to William E. Francis, of Richmond, Ken.
   For the next 20 years, she was a wife and mother to her five children, residing in several places. In 1965, after her marriage ended, she moved back to Hinsdale and remained in the area for the next 50 years, working as a Dupage County real estate agent. She retired in 1995 and then pursued with greater focus her interest in painting and portraiture. Marnie is remembered and loved by friends and family for her generous and loyal nature, her readiness for adventure and her sly sense of humor. In more recent years she enjoyed the close companionship of her sister Bobsie in their townhouses on Sutton Place and in King-Bruwaert House. They met the challenges of aging as a formidable team.
   She is survived by her five children: Barbara Musser, Julianne Pickett-Heaps, Dana Bennet, John Francis and Ross Francis; her sister, Kay Teall; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five nephews; and three nieces.
   She will be buried in Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook, next to her parents and her sister and brother. A memorial gathering will be held at a future date.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nurses’ Study Fund at the King-Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge, IL 60527.
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Mary Kay Gibbons
Mary Kay Gibbons, nee Fitzgerald, 74, formerly of Hinsdale, died Dec. 17, 2017, at her home in La Grange.
   She was born in 1943 in Chicago.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Michael Gibbons; and her parents, Patrick and Sarah Rita Fitzgerald.
   She is survived by her son, Kevin Patrick (Mary, nee Peterson) Gibbons; her grandchildren, Clare Lucille Gibbons, Patrick Michael Gibbons, Timothy Peterson Gibbons and Edmund Fitzgerald Gibbons; her siblings, Nancy (the late Tom) Stokes, Patrick (Gene) Fitzgerald, William (Patti) Fitzgerald, John (Connie) Fitzgerald and Sarah Rita (Richard) Stoeckly; and many nieces and nephews.
   Visitation is from 3 to 9 today, Dec. 21, at Sullivan Funeral home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale.
Friends and family will gather at 9 a.m. at the funeral home before proceeding to St. Francis Xavier Church, 124 N. Spring Ave., La Grange, for a 10 a.m. Mass.
   Interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation at

Beth Jo Johnson
Beth Jo Johnson, 61, formerly of Hinsdale, died Dec. 13, 2017, after a brief hospitalization and a long and determined battle with ovarian cancer.
   She was born in Berwyn in 1956 to JoAnn and John Johnson, and she grew up in Clarendon Hills and Hinsdale. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and lived in Washington, D.C., for several years. She found her professional niche when she began fundraising for the Republican National Committee. She eventually settled in Ann Arbor and became a talented and successful fundraiser for several organizations, including St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where she was development director. Organized, conscientious and efficient on the job, Beth was also kind, generous and thoughtful, with a remarkably wide network of friends, colleagues and acquaintances.
   Beth enjoyed a variety of active pursuits such as running, cycling on the roads near Ann Arbor, swimming and Zumba classes. She maintained a membership in the Ann Arbor Y and continued working out there until the last few months of her life. She loved gardening, seeing her friends and neighbors and walking her dogs, Henry and Oliver. She valued close contact with her family, visiting and talking with her parents and other family members regularly.
   Since her initial ovarian cancer diagnosis, Beth actively volunteered with the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance in order to educate others about the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer. Additionally, Beth’s passion for improving care and treatment outcomes for all ovarian cancer patients led her to share her professional expertise and personal experience as a volunteer with Michigan Medicine’s Ovarian Cancer Initiative.
   Beth is survived by her parents, John and JoAnn; her brother, Blair (Lisa); her nieces, Kara, Hillary and Grace; and her nephews, Evan and Nathaniel.
   Memorial services will be held in Hinsdale and Ann Arbor this spring.
   Memorials may be made online to the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance at

Norman William Olsen
Norman William Olsen, of Wildwood, Fla., passed away peacefully Nov. 26, 2017, with his wife, Angele, by his side.
   He was born in 1919 and was a longtime resident of Hinsdale and a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II flying P-47 fighter planes. He was an avid golfer who played the game into his 90s and was known as “Stormin’ Norman” to his many friends.
   He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Eleanor “Ellie” Olsen.
   He is survived by his two children, Cheri (Lars) Lindell and Craig (Leslee) Olsen; his five grandchildren, Laura Ferguson, David Rosen, Nick Olsen, Christian Olsen, Abby Olsen; and his three great-grandchildren, Joseph, Claire and Jack Ferguson.
   A private memorial service will be held on his birthday in July.

Samuel C. Stout Jr.
Samuel C. Stout Jr., 88, passed away peacefully Dec. 12, 2017, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
   Sam was born in 1929 to Samuel C. Stout and Faith Marie Stout in Evanston.
   In 1936, his family moved to Hinsdale, where he lived his life. He attended Hinsdale High School and the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the DKE fraternity, before graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University.
   Sam served his country proudly in the U.S. Counter Intelligence Corps during the Korean War. He and Madelyn were married in 1959 at the Union Church in Hinsdale. At that time he was employed in the family business, Samuel C. Stout Co., a graphic equipment business in Chicago and where he later served as president. He was a member of the Union League Club of Chicago, where he loved playing volleyball every lunch hour. He also was a member of the Hinsdale Golf Club and served as president in 1980.
   As a passionate golfer, he proudly and humbly held the unprecedented title of winning 11 Hinsdale club championships, at least, one in each of five decades. His passion for golf ignited in 1946 when his high school golf team won the first state high school golf championship. Later, he served 18 years on the USGA Senior Amateur Committee, as well as serving on the CDGA Board and as vice president. He participated in three USGA championships, as well as qualifying and playing in the British amateur senior open. Recently, he participated in the first tee program in Palm Beach County, happily passing on his love and knowledge to others.
Sam led by quiet example and giving, serving as chairman of the Hinsdale Zoning Board of Appeals and president of the Graue Mill Corporation, The Community House, Robert Crown Health Center and Hinsdale Golf Club Board of Directors. He was an enthusiastic arborist, giving of his time and knowledge to the Hinsdale Golf Club tree program with his father-in-law, Dr. Eugene Bodmer, and to the Bay View Association in Michigan, where he and Madelyn spent their summers.
   Above and beyond everything else was his undisputed love and loyalty to his family and friends.
   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Madelyn; his two children, Sarah Ruth and Samuel B. Stout; his three grandsons, James A. Lund, Samuel B. Stout Jr. and John M. Stout; his sister, Sally (the Rev. David) Weaver; and his nieces and nephews, especially his brother Jack’s three children, Billie, John and Susan, and their spouses and children.
Services will be private.
   A gathering of family and friends will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Hinsdale Golf Club, 140 Chicago Ave., Clarendon Hills.
   Memorials may be made online to the the Western Golf Association, Evans Scholars Foundation at or to The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale, IL 60521.


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