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Obituaries for March 5

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LaVERNE CANDLISH

LaVerne B. Candlish (nee Wozniak), a resident of Lyons and a homemaker, died

Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the age of 85.

Survivors include two sons, Frank (Louise) Candlish, Jr. and Dennis (Mary

Ellen) Candlish; four grandchildren, Nicole (Jason) Couch, Christopher

(Fabiola) Candlish, Bryan Candlish and Jonathan Candlish; three

great-grandchildren, Madaline Lopez, Abigail Couch and Andrew Couch; two

sisters, Eleanore C. (Paul) Hudec and Anna (Charles) Larson; and one brother,

Raymond (Diane) Wozniak.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank C. Candlish, Sr. and one

sister, Dorothy (Edward) Osowski.

Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 27, at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd.,

Brookfield. Funeral mass was held Saturday, Feb. 28, at St. Hugh Church, Lyons.

Interment was in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

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RAYMOND DOLGNER

Raymond O. “Ray” Dolgner, a resident of Countryside, died Friday, Feb. 13,

at the age of 83.

He was a 1949 graduate of Lyons Township High School and was a successful

entrepreneur and businessman, starting and building a local trucking company.

He then became the owner of “The Mood” Bar and Grill, a Countryside landmark.

He was a lifelong member and on-going office holder at Immanuel Lutheran

Church in Hodgkins.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

He also served the community as a Hodgkins Police Lieutenant; LaGrange

District 105 School Board President; two-time President of the Countryside

Lions Club; Charter Member of the Countryside Chamber of Commerce, and member

of the Willow Springs American Legion Post 832.

Survivors include his wife, Jean (McElwain); two sons, Dave and Dan (Jodie);

one daughter, Donna O’Mahoney (John); five grandchildren, Taylor Pintaro (Nick),

Tami Maslanka (Drew), Rachel, Alex and Alena; and one sister, Virdell (Zima).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Martha (Wenz) Dolgner;

one brother, Don; and two sisters, Louise “Vee” (Kovel) and Eunice (Kayser).

Visitation and services were held Monday, Feb. 16, at Hallowell & James

Funeral Home, Countryside. Interment was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery,

Hodgkins.

WILLIAM EXNER

William Exner, a resident of Brookfield and an engineer, died Friday, Feb.

27, at the age of 88.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy (Steve) Rottmann and Debbie (Jeff)

Kaiz; one son, Val (Dale) Oberbeck; five grandchildren, Nicole (Tim) Czerniak,

Sarah Rottmann, Corey (Joanne) Kaiz, Jessica Kaiz and Amanda Kaiz; two

great-grandchildren, Emily Czerniak and Connor Czerniak; one sister, Irene

Kruchten; and two brothers, Joseph Exner and Edward Exner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose A. Exner (nee Kutska). Visitation

was held Sunday, March 1, at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., Brookfield. Funeral

services and interment were private.

AGNES GOETZKE

Agnes Goetzke died Friday, Feb. 27.

Visitation and services were held Monday, March 2, at Damar-Kaminski Funeral

Home & Crematorium, Justice. Interment was in Bethania Cemetery, Justice.

*WALTER GORDEY

Walter Gordey, a resident of Brookfield and a boiler inspector, died Monday,

March 2, at the age of 85.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen B. Gordey (nee Zitko) and one

brother, John (Barbara) Gordey.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan (Paul) Vanek and Michelle Gordey; one

son, Daniel (Gina) Gordey; five grandchildren, Kristyn (Eric) Schramm, Kathleen

(fiancŽe Bryan Wilson) Vanek, Nicholas Vanek, Franklin Gordey and Karissa

Gordey; one great-grandchild, Brayden Schramm; two brothers, Alex (Shirley)

Gordey and George (the late Gloria) Gordey; and one sister, Lillian (the late

Walter) Brooks.

Visitation was held Wednesday, March 4, at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., Brookfield.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 5, at the funeral home followed by

interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park.

EDMUND JASIEN

Edmund Jasien, a resident of the Brighton Park area and a retired bookkeeper

and account manager for Hartford Insurance, died Sunday, Feb. 22 at the age of

86

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the

Evergreen Park American Legion Post #854.

Survivors include one daughter, Susan Kurtis; one son, Paul (Carol) Jasien;

three grandchildren, Jamie Kurtis, Emily and Chris Jasien; and many nieces and

nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary (nee Czepiel) and Albert

Jasien; one brother, Walter (Eleanor) Jasien; and two sisters, Helen (Peter)

Baldwin and Josephine (Edward) Skupien.

Visitation and services were Thursday, Feb. 26, at Zarzycki Manor Chapels,

Chicago. Interment was in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.

ROBERT KOWSKE

Robert W. Kowske, a resident of Lisle, formerly of Willowbrook and

Westchester and a retired vice-president of sales at Kropp Forge Co., died

Thursday, Feb. 26, at the age of 87.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Delilah Kowske (nee Domrese); two daughters,

Janice Vorel and Lynn (Lawrence) Fullerton; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Dr.

Joseph) Beyler, Allison (John) Nugent, Matthew Fullerton and Amy Vorel; four

great-grandchildren,

Jacob Beyler, Emma Beyler, Avrie Beyler and Elizabeth Nugent; and one

brother, Donald (Betty) Kowske.

Visitation was held Monday, March 2, at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd.,

Brookfield. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 3, at the funeral home

followed by interment in Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery, Oakbrook Terrace.

LEONA PIERZGA

Leona Pierzga (nee Stachnik), a resident of the Archer Heights neighborhood

and a homemaker, died Friday, Feb. 27, at Hinsdale Hospital at the age of 91.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas, Terrence and Lawrence; one grandchild,

Jaime Pierzga-Tujo; one great-grandchild, Anthony; two sisters, Virginia and

Dolores; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; one son, Daniel (Marcy)

Pierzga; four brothers, Frank Stachnik, Joseph, Walter (Helen) and Edward Stachnik;

and one sister, Julia (Michael) Paniak.

Visitation was held Sunday, March 1, at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Chicago.

Funeral mass was held Monday, March 2, at St. Bruno Church, Chicago followed by

interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

ROBLEY VOSBURGH

Robley E. Vosburgh, a resident of Brookfield, died Sunday, Feb. 22, at the

age of 75.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include four daughters, Lisa Vosburgh, Diane (Jim Hjorth)

Vosburgh, Michele (Courtney) La Zier and Nancy Vosburgh; three grandchildren,

Zion Vosburgh, Khaleel Meah and Iman Meah; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral and interment were private. Arrangements were handled by Hitzeman

Funeral Home, Ltd., Brookfield.

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