Earle F. Dabkey, 91, Retired engineer

Brookfield resident Earle F. Dabkey, 91, died Aug. 2, 2009 at LaGrange Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Dabkey was born in Chicago on Nov. 12, 1917 to Harry and Louise (nee Chlum) Dabkey. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of Berwyn VFW Post 2378.

For 40 years, Mr. Dabkey worked in the engineering department of the Link-Belt Co. in Chicago, retiring in 1976.

An avid bowler, he played every week until the age of 90, and he also enjoyed fishing, reading the newspaper and watching his favorite TV shows, “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Three Stooges.”

His engineering background also made Mr. Dabkey a handyman, woodworker and mechanic. He loved working on his house and sharing his time and talents with family, friends and neighbors.

Mr. Dabkey is survived by his wife, Leona A. Dabkey (nee DeRuntz) of Brookfield; his daughter, Laurel Obert and his son, Lee (Louise) Dabkey; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Jerry (Alice) Dabkey.

A funeral service was held Aug. 4 at Hitzeman Funeral Home in Brookfield, followed by interment at Parkholm Cemetery in LaGrange Park.

Memorial contributions were appreciated to the LaGrange Memorial Hospital Foundation, 5101 Willow Springs Road, LaGrange, Ill. 60525.

William C. Herbst, 100, North Riverside resident

William C. Herbst, 100, of North Riverside, died July 26, 2009.

Formerly of Cicero, Mr. Herbst was born Jan. 22, 1909 to Fred and Katie (nee Goetzleman) Herbst.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his siblings, Amanda Herbst, Harriet Mracek, Catherine Christian, Corrine Herbst, Fred Herbst and Dorothy Herbst. He is survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and great-great-great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held July 30 at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home in North Riverside, followed by interment at Oakridge Cemetery in Hillside.

Memorial contributions were appreciated to the American Cancer Society.

Edward V. Lukas, 84, Machinist

Edward V. Lukas, 84, died July 29, 2009 at his home in Brookfield.

Born on March 8, 1925 to Emil and Sylvia (nee Gregor) Lukas, he served in the armed forces and later was married to Madelon S. Lukas, who preceded her husband in death. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Victoria. Mr. Lukas worked as a machinist prior to retirement.

He is survived by his son, Robert E. (Jan) Lukas of Riverside; his grandson, Peter Hassett; and his three brothers, Ervin (Vivian) Lukas, Bob (Louise) Lukas and Ron (Sue) Lukas.

A funeral service was held Aug. 1 at Hitzeman Funeral Home in Brookfield, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Memorial contributions were appreciated to the American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 900, Chicago, Ill. 60604 or the American Cancer Society, 7234 Ogden Ave., Suite 3 South, Riverside, Ill. 60546.

Marlena McCarthy, 56, Flight attendant, quilt-maker

Marlena McCarthy, 56, a resident of North Riverside, formerly of Oak Park, died from an accident in her home on July 18, 2009. Born on Dec. 2, 1952, in Marion Ohio, she was a graduate of Vacaville High School in California.

A United Airlines flight attendant for almost 37 years, she is remembered by family and friends for her avid love of quilting and wreath-making. She also volunteered for West Suburban Special Recreation Foundation (WSSRF) and the National Association For Down Syndrome (NADS).

Preceded in death by her father, Merlin Collingwood and her brothers, Charles and Terrance Collingwood, Ms. McCarthy is survived by her mother, Dolores; her son, Patrick; her sisters, Mary Tucker, Kris (David) Bottles and Melissa Collingwood; and her nieces and nephew, Catherine Collingwood, Wendy (Keneth) Jackson, Radiah (Manuel) Flores and Stephen Collingwood. A private memorial Mass was celebrated in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Memorial contributions to NADS, P.O. Box 206, Wilmette, Ill. 60091 or WSSRF, 2915 Maple St., Franklin Park, Ill. 60131, were appreciated.