Earl I. Boswell, 57, Welder/mechanic
Earl I. Boswell, a Brookfield resident for over 45 years, died Feb. 7, 2006 at Hinsdale Hospital at the age of 57.

A graduate of Congress Park School and Lyons Township High School, Mr. Boswell, lived in Brookfield from 1959 until his death. He married his wife, Joyce (nee Fanning), on Aug. 17, 1968 at the Highlands Presbyterian Church in LaGrange and worked as a welder/mechanic for Metal Management Inc. in Chicago for 11 years. He was a member of the Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, and also enjoyed fishing and playing solitaire.

Mr. Boswell is survived by his wife, Joyce L. Boswell; his sons, Earl L. Boswell and Kirt Boswell; and his daughter, Kory (Brad) Mehring.

Funeral services were private. Interment was at Parkholm Cemetery, LaGrange Park.

Johnson Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.

Edmund J. Dul, 82, Retired electrician
Longtime North Riverside resident Edmund J. Dul, 82, died Jan. 31, 2006 at LaGrange Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Dul lived in the village for 53 years and worked as an electrician prior to his retirement. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 134, a 60-year member of the Knights of Columbus and a 50-year member of the White Feather Indian Club. He was also active at Mater Christi church as a 53-year member of the Holy Name Society.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine (nee Zavislak); his sons, David (Deborah) Dul, Michael Dul and Timothy (Patty) Dul; his daughter; Janet (Joseph) Fricano; four grandchildren; one great grandchild and his siblings, Jean Poczatek, Alex Dul and Frank Dul; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Ann Wroble.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 3 at Mater Christi Church, North Riverside, followed by entombment at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. Masses preferred.

Arrangements were handled by Kuratko Funeral Home, North Riverside.

Nicholas J. Kolasa, 61, Owned scrap iron firm
Nicholas J. Kolasa, owner of Mickey & Sons Scrap Iron in Chicago, died Feb. 5, 2006 at Gottlieb Hospital in Melrose Park at the age of 61.

A River Grove resident who enjoyed bowling and fishing, Mr. Kolasa is survived by his brother, Thomas (Dreama) Kolasa of Brookfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas F. and Helen Kolasa, and by his sister, Constance Taylor.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 10 at St. Barbara Church in Brookfield, followed by interment at Maryhill Cemetery in Niles.

Johnson Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.

Vera Nehmzow, 90, Longtime North Riversider
Vera Nehmzow, 90, a resident of Berwyn and former longtime resident of North Riverside, died Feb. 8, 2006 at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.

A homemaker, Ms. Nehmzow was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Nehmzow. She is survived by her son, Arthur (Nancy) Nehmzow; her sisters, Libby Riha and Sylvia Rouleau; her grandson, Eric (Candace) Nehmzow; and her great grandchildren, Rebecca, Vanessa and Jake.

Funeral services were private. Memorial contributions were appreciated to the American Cancer Society, 7234 Ogden Ave., #3S, Riverside, Ill. 60546.

Kuratko Funeral Home, North Riverside, handled arrangements.

Wilbert Luepke, 95, Retired sales manager
Wilbert Luepke, 95, a resident of Brookfield since 1941, died Feb. 7, 2005 at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.

Mr. Luepke spent 47 years as an employee of the Johanna-Western Co. in Chicago, where he was sales manager. He was a member and past president of the “Old Westerners” Club of the Johanna Manufacturing Co., and a former member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church finance committee in Brookfield.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (nee Calta), who died March 10, 1988; and by his sister, Mildred Heinchen.

A funeral service was held Feb. 10 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brookfield, followed by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park.

Memorial contributions were appreciated to the General Fund of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9035 Grant Ave., Brookfield, Ill. 60513.

Johnson Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.

Delores A. Thinnes, 70, North Riverside homemaker
Delores A. Thinnes, a longtime North Riverside resident, died Feb. 11, 2006 at Oak Park Hospital.

A homemaker and mother of three, she is survived by her husband, Arnold Thinnes; her sons, Michael (Ann) Thinnes, William Thinnes and Steven Thinnes; her sister, Jean (Donald) Boddeker; her brother, Edward Vitale; and her grandchildren, Kimberly, Michael and Ashley.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Kuratko Funeral Home, 2500 Desplaines Ave. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 at St. Bernardine Church, 7246 Harrison St., Forest Park, followed by entombment at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, Hillside.

Mildred A. Thompson, 84, Former waitress
Brookfield resident Mildred A. Thompson (nee Raaum) died Feb. 7, 2006 at Mariner Health Center in Westchester.

Born in North Dakota on June 9, 1921?”one of 13 children?”she married Melvin G. Thompson and worked as a waitress prior to her retirement. Her husband and parents preceded Ms. Thompson in death.

She is survived by her daughters, LaVonda Timke of Venice, Fla. and Pamela Bell; her stepdaughter, Patricia Novak; her stepsons, Richard Thompson and Ronald Thompson; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Hazel Gizzo, Ruth Woods, Lillian Rabel, Alice Lange, Evelyn Olson and Pearl Sandborn; and her brothers, Clifford Raaum, Earl Raaum, Lloyd Raaum, Clarence Raaum, Barrett Raaum and Leonard Raaum.

A funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Joseph Newton, was held Feb. 10 at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, followed by interment at Fairmount Willow Hills Memorial Park in Willow Springs.

Memorial contributions were appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601.