Lillian T. Brezina, 80, North Riverside homemaker
North Riverside resident Lillian T. Brezina (nee Chlumsky), 80, died April 22, 2005 at the Pinnacle of LaGrange.
She was born in Chicago on Aug. 20, 1924 to Jerome and Theresa Chlumsky, and married Charles G. Brezina, who preceded his wife in death. A homemaker, Ms. Brezina, a former Berwyn resident, was also a member of the North Riverside VFW Post #6968 Auxiliary and the Mater Christi Tabernacle Guild.
She is survived by her daughters, Joyce (Tim) Tebockhorst of Darien and Nancy (William) Derro; her grandchildren, Justin and Lindsay Tebockhorst; her brother, Frank Chlumsky; and her sisters-in-law, Val (the late Edward) Chlumsky and Judy (the late Joseph) Chlumsky.
A funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Louis Tylka, was held April 25 at Hitzeman Funeral Home in Brookfield, followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park.
Madeline V. Hurley, 96, Brookfield resident
Madeline V. Hurley, 96, a former longtime resident of Cicero, died April 15, 2005 at her Brookfield home.
A homemaker, Ms. Hurley was married to Francis X. Hurley, who preceded his wife in death in 1973. She is survived by her son, John M. "Jack" Hurley, and her grandson, John F. Hurley.
A funeral service was held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside on April 18.
Arrangements were handled by Johnson Funeral Home, Brookfield.
John R. 'Jack' McCarthy, 78, traffic manager
John R. "Jack" McCarthy, a Brookfield resident, died April 21, 2005 at LaGrange Memorial Hospital. He was 78 years old.
Born in Chicago on Aug. 20, 1926 to Lorraine and Charles McCarthy, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was employed as a traffic manager prior to his retirement.
Mr. McCarthy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorraine; and his brother, Charles W. McCarthy. He is survived by his sons, James (Allison) McCarthy of Riverside, Richard McCarthy and David (Jill) McCarthy; his brother, Donald C. McCarthy; his sister, Marilyn Jacobson; and four grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated April 25 at St. Cletus Church, followed by interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial donations were appreciated to a favorite charity.
Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.
Sarah M. Meyer, 71, data processor
Brookfield resident Sarah M. Meyer (nee Gervase), 71, died April 22, 2005 at her home.
Born July 2, 1933 in LaGrange to John J. and Mary Gervase, she later married Hugo A. Meyer, who preceded his wife in death.
She was employed as a data processor and was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Ladies Aide.
Ms. Meyer is survived by her sons, Mark (Jeanine) Meyer of Naperville and David (Rita) Meyer; her daughters, Bridget (Alex) Baiocchi and Jean (Judd) Schiltz; her sister, Cecelia (Sam) Marinich; and seven grandchildren.
A funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Walter Otten, was held April 26 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brookfield, followed by interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.
Memorial contributions were appreciated to the American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 900, Chicago, Ill. 60604.
Carolynn M. Yurkiw, 66, Riverside homemaker
Riverside resident Carolynn Mary Yurkiw died April 18, 2005 at her home following a brief but courageous battle with lung cancer.
"When she was first diagnosed in February, her prognosis was not good ... but she rallied for awhile and was determined to beat the disease," said her son, Mark, a freelance contributor to the Landmark. "Unfortunately it was not to be. We are blessed to know that she made her peace with God, family and friends, and went as peacefully as could have been expected under the circumstances."
Ms. Yurkiw grew up in Chicago and graduated from Steinmetz High School. She married Adam W. Yurkiw in April of 1958 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chicago. The couple lived in Riverside since 1970, raising two children.
In addition, she was a member of the Hollywood Citizens Association and the Steinmetz High School Alumni Association.
Ms. Yurkiw is survived by her husband; her children, Mark Yurkiw and Kathy (John) Rankin; her brother, David A. (Sandra) Vanderway; and her grandchildren, Leticia and Ruby Rankin.
A funeral Mass was held April 22 at St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church, followed by interment in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Chicago.
Johnson Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.