Wayne F. Grossmann, 59, Retired teacher
Brookfield resident Wayne F. Grossmann, 59, a middle school teacher for 30 years, died Aug. 4, 2006 at LaGrange Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Grossmann’s family moved to Brookfield when he was a boy. He attended Lincoln School and graduated from Lyons Township High School in 1964. He attended Lyons Township Junior College and Quincy (Ill.) College.
In 1973, Mr. Grossmann started his 30-year career as a language arts teacher at Lombard Junior High and Westlake Middle School in west suburban Lombard. He retired in 2003.
From 1975 to 1990, Mr. Grossmann lived in Lombard, moving back to his boyhood hometown of Brookfield, where he lived the last 16 years of his life. He enjoyed taking vacations to Disney World in Florida and was also an avid Hummel figurine collector. He also enjoyed sharing his sense of humor with family and friends.
Mr. Grossmann was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Grossmann and Violet (the late Edward Lorenz) Grossmann Lorenz.
He is survived by his sister, Bonnie (Barry) Baker; his nephew, Ryan Baker; two aunts and several cousins.
A funeral service was held Aug. 8 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brookfield, followed by interment at Bethania Cemetery in Justice.
Memorial contributions were appreciated to the Wayne F. Grossmann Memorial Fund. For information contact Johnson Funeral Home, which handled arrangements, at 485-0214.
Virginia M. Sodoma, 88, Brookfield homemaker
Virginia Sodoma (nee Franta), 88, of Brookfield, died July 28, 2006 at LaGrange Memorial Hospital.
She was born March 14, 1918 in Chicago to James and Mary Franta. She married Raymond G. Sodoma and was a homemaker, raising four sons.
She is survived by her husband; her sons, James (Darlene) Sodoma, Raymond F. (Catherine) Sodoma, Steven Sodoma and Mark T. Sodoma; her grandchildren, James Sodoma, Lisa Sodoma and Janice Sodoma; and her brothers, Charles (Mary) Sotir and Robert (the late Claire) Sotir.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, Adele (the late Miles) Lukes.
A funeral Mass was celebrated July 31 at St. Louise de Marillac Church, LaGrange Park, followed in interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.
Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.
Donald E. Snyder, 78, Manufacturing sales supervisor
Riverside resident Donald E. Snyder, 78, died July 31, 2006 at Manor Care of Hinsdale following a long illness.
A U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War, Mr. Snyder was very active in the community as a member of the Riverside Township Lions Club and former director of the Riverside Community Fund. In addition, he was partner with his wife, Kathleen, at Arcade Antiques in Riverside. He was employed for 33 years as a sales supervisor at PPG Manufacturing prior to his retirement.
Mr. Snyder is survived by his wife, Kathleen Snyder; his daughter, Robin (Dan) Mooney; his brother, William (Jeane) Snyder; his sister, Kay Iverson; and his brother-in-law, Stephen Kabala.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 125 Herrick Road, Riverside. Memorial contributions are appreciated to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org or the Kilo Diabetes & Vascular Research Foundation at www.kilorf.com.
Ivins Funeral Home, Riverside, handled arrangements.
Vincent Sullivan, 79, Danley Machine salesman
Vincent Sullivan, 79, World War II veteran, sports devotee and Riverside resident, died Aug. 4, 2006 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
Mr Sullivan served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was the founder of the Amons Athletic Club, and a diehard Chicago Bears and Cubs fan. He enjoyed golfing, refereed basketball games and umpired baseball games for many years. He was employed as a die set salesman for the Danley Machine Co. in Cicero prior to his retirement.
Mr. Sullivan is survived by his wife, Geraldine Sullivan (Nee Paoli); his daughter, Debra (John) Hogan; his granddaughter, Mary Hogan; and his nieces and nephews, Kathy, Michael, Patricia, Artie, Jeff, Jolene, Tracy and Terri.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Marie (the late Arthur) Munzer, Raymond (Lorraine) Sullivan, Thomas (Roberta) Sullivan and Gene (Elaine) Sullivan.
A funeral Mass was held Aug. 7 at St. Mary Church, Riverside, followed by entombment at Christ the King Mausoleum in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.
Memorial contributions were appreciated to the DePaul University Athletic Department, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Ill. 60604 or the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Ivins Funeral Home, Riverside, handled arrangements.
Marie E. Telfair, 102, Former North Riverside resident
Marie E. Telfair (nee Klunder), 102, a resident of Willowbrook who formerly lived in North Riverside and Cicero, died Aug. 1, 2006 at the Chateau Center in Willowbrook.
Ms. Telfair worked as a secretary for the Root Photography Co. in Chicago prior to her retirement and was married to Ralph Telfair, who preceded his wife in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Edward (Wanda) Klunder, and her sister, Theo (the late Gene) Vandy.
She is survived by her daughter, Pat (Don) Horton; her grandchildren, Glenn (Debbie) Horton, Donna Smith and Linda Horton; her great grandchildren, Bob Smith, Dan Horton, Lisa Horton and David Horton; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Aug. 5 at St Michael and All Angels Church, Berwyn, followed by interment at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Stickney.
Memorial contributions were appreciated to St. Michael and All Angels Church, 6732 W. 34th St., Berwyn, Ill. 60402.
Kuratko Funeral Home, North Riverside, handled arrangements.