Mary Lou Wahlstrom, 77, Wahlstrom Co. owner
Mary Lou Wahlstrom, 77, owner of the Roy Wahlstrom window and door company in Brookfield, died Sept. 17, 2005 at LaGrange Memorial Hospital.
Born Feb. 7, 1928 in Chicago, Ms. Wahlstrom was raised on Chicago’s North Side. She graduated from St. Constance High School and later got a job as a clerk at Dahlgren’s Millwork, a Chicago firm that made wood windows and cabinets.
It was there that she met Roy Wahlstrom, who worked at Dahlgren’s as a salesman. On Feb. 19, 1948, the two were married and Mr. Wahlstrom’s brothers eventually bought the Dahlgren Company. Mr. Wahlstrom and his brothers also built homes in LaGrange, including the house that Ms. Wahlstrom lived in from 1954 until her death.
Shortly after marrying, Mary Lou and Roy Wahlstrom began their own company, specializing in weatherstripping and working first out of a garage at the couple’s apartment complex and later out of their LaGrange home.
By the late 1950s or early 1960s, the Roy Wahlstrom Co. moved to Brookfield, setting up shop across the street from the current business. In 1969, the company moved to its current location. Ms. Wahlstrom was an active participant in the business from its early years, serving as the company’s bookkeeper while raising two children. She continued working at the business until Aug. 20.
“She really liked the people, and everyone that came into the store she considered a friend,” said her son, Eric, who joined his mother as a business partner in 1984, when his father retired.
Eric Wahlstrom took over management of the company six years ago after Ms. Wahlstrom suffered an illness, but she returned to work as soon as she was physically able. When not at the storefront on Ogden Avenue, Ms. Wahlstrom enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing and needlepoint. She was also a member of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Wahlstrom preceded his wife in death in 1993, sparking rumors that the business might close. Twelve years later, Eric Wahlstrom is still operating the store in the location its been in for the last 36 years.
Ms. Wahlstrom is survived by her son, Eric (Tricia) Wahlstrom of Brookfield; her daughter, Shari (Loyd) Bonecutter of Brookfield; two grandchildren, Carl and Anna Wahlstrom; her sister, Doris (the late Bruce) Kirkpatrick of Cottage Grove, Wis.; her sister-in-law, Gladys (Paul) Olsen and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Sept. 24 at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, Countryside. Interment was private.
Lorraine A. Leski, 85, Former North Riverside resident
Lorraine A. Leski (nee Nickels), a former longtime resident of North Riverside, died Sept. 19, 2005 at her home in Crystal Lake. She was 85 years old.
While residing in North Riverside, Ms. Leski was active in Mater Christi Parish, where she was a member of the Tabernacle Guild. She was also a member of the North Riverside Golden Agers.
Ms. Leski’s husband, Eugene Leski, preceded her in death in 2000. She was also preceded in death by a baby daughter, Barbara.
She is survived by her son, Robert (Helen) Leski; her daughter, Marilyn (Gerry) Spiewak; her brother, John (Norma) Nickels; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Sept. 23 at Mater Christi Church in North Riverside, followed by interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.
Memorial contributions were appreciated to the Mater Christi Church Endowment Fund, 2431 10th Ave., North Riverside, Ill. 60546.
Kuratko Funeral Home, North Riverside, handled arrangements.
Roy E. Schwendt, 71
Post office employee
Roy E. Schwendt, a lifelong resident of Brookfield, died Sept. 22, 2005 at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn at the age of 71.
Born in Brookfield Aug. 30, 1934 to Erich A. and Minna (nee Eckhoff) Schwendt, Mr. Schwendt was employed as a maintenance worker for the Brookfield Post Office.
He is survived by his brother, Edwin Schwendt (Kristine) of Brookfield. He was also the dear uncle of three and great uncle of three. Funeral services were private,
Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.