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OBITUARIES:  (published Dec. 28, 2017)

Katarina Dufner
Katarina “Kathy” Dufner, née Sever, 72, died Dec. 20, 2017, at her home in Burr Ridge, after a yearlong struggle with cancer. Her husband was at her side.
   Kathy was born in 1945 in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, in present-day Slovenia. In 1952, she, along with her mother and siblings, fled communist Yugoslavia to join her father in Cleveland, Ohio.
   Kathy spent her childhood and young adulthood in Cleveland and married Ernie in 1967 at St. Vitus Church. A devoted mother and wife, she raised her four children in Grant, Mich., where the Dufners lived from 1980-94. Kathy and Ernie then lived in Bakersfield, Calif., for 22 years before relocating to Illinois to be near their family in 2016.
   Throughout Kathy’s life, she fondly remembered her lasting friendships built in Michigan, California and Illinois. Her Catholic faith was also a source of strength and comfort. She and Ernie were active members of the congregations of St. Bartholomew Church in Newago, Mich.; St. Philip’s Church in Bakersfield, Calif.; St. Julie in San Jose, Calif.; and St. Cletus in La Grange.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Katarina Sever; and her brothers, Frank Sever Jr. and Andrej Sever.
   Kathy is survived by her husband, Ernest Dufner; their four children, Sonya Dufner, Andrea Priest, Gregory Dufner and Matthew Dufner; her brother, Janez Sever; her sisters, Kristine Resman and Maria Bucar; her four grandchildren, Lauren, Noah, Zachary and Nathan; and many nieces and nephews.
   A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 28, at St. Cletus Church, 600 W. 55th St., La Grange.
   Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wellness House, 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale, IL 60521 or online at

Ruth T. Koch
Ruth T. Koch, 95, passed away peacefully Dec. 20, 2017.
   Ruth was first and foremost a pastor’s wife, supporting husband Art in all he did while active in her own right in church activities. Music was a constant in Ruth’s life. She played piano and organ, often accompanying Art, who had a beautiful tenor voice. Ruth was a teacher and began her career in 1948 at the Royal School in Honolulu, Hawaii, starting the first class for hearing impaired children. After returning to the mainland, Ruth stayed home to raise her daughters. In 1960 she was recruited to be the first teacher of hearing impaired children for the Special Education District of Lake County. Following a move to Springfield in 1967, she was once again asked to teach a primary class of hearing impaired students, which she did until her retirement in 1982. Art retired in 1985 and they moved to Elgin where Ruth volunteered at Sherman Hospital and taught English as a second language at the Elgin YWCA, eventually becoming the program’s coordinator of volunteers.
   To be closer to their daughters, Ruth and Art moved to Willowbrook. Ruth enjoyed being with children and volunteered as a reader at Oak School in Hinsdale and Gower School in Burr Ridge. She cherished her 16 years as a preschool “grandma” at her church, First Congregational Church of Western Springs. Upon Art’s death, Ruth moved to Plymouth Place, her retirement community home of 10 years, where she enjoyed serving as a pianist.       She appreciated her many friends there, both residents and staff.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Arthur R. Koch; and her sister, Dorothy Hanford.
   She is survived by her daughters, Eloise Hirschey and Ann (Robert) Reiland; her sister Grace Sarring; and many nieces and nephews.
   A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park, IL  60526.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park, IL  60526 (; First Congregational Church of Western Springs, 1106 Chestnut, Western Springs, IL 60558 (; or One Great Hour of Sharing, United Church of Christ OGHS, Financial Service office, 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115 (

Norval E. Poulson
Norval E. “Bud” Poulson, 90, of Hinsdale and Sarasota passed away Dec. 2, 2017, at Burgess Square of Westmont. He fought cancer and heart disease with courage and strength.
   The son of Frank and Astrid Poulson, he graduated from Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago. He then enlisted, at age 17, in the Army Air Corp, working on B-29s at the end of World War II. He was honorably discharged and entered Northwestern University School of Commerce. He was named president of the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity, Zeta Chapter, at Northwestern (1949-50) and is a life member.
   He joined the family business, Certified Burglar Alarm, and in 1973 was awarded the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s Morris Weinstock “Man of the Year” award. Bud worked on many committees and was chairman of the Research and Education Foundation and a member of the Crime Prevention Committee of Chicago.
   For many years he lived on his beloved boat, “Tanglefoot,” and truly enjoyed life, extensive travel, European biking, crewing on a dragon racing sailboat, tennis, and his friends and family.    He cherished his dogs, Coco and Anjou.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; his aunt, Borg Ness; and his older brother, Robert “Pat” Poulson.
   He is survived by his wife, Tiffany P. Glass, nee Mayer; his children, Carol (Don) Nistler, Gail (Jim) Sutton and Susan (William) Poulson-Houser; his six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother, Charles Britton Poulson.
   He is remembered at the Amita St. Thomas Hospice Tree of Remembrance, Lincoln and First streets, Hinsdale.
   Memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Humane Society, 22 N. Elm St., Hinsdale, IL 60521; or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


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