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Edward Allegretti '65
Eric Edstrom - Teacher
Donald Barker '66
Dennis Geils '69
Carol Szymanski Buckely '75
Diane Defenbaugh '72

August 2015

Edward Allegretti - Class '65
Edward Allegretti, age 67, a resident of Naperville for 26 years, passed away June 14, 2015. He was born July 15, 1947 in Chicago. Loving husband of Angela (nee Vena) and father of Timi Allegretti; adoring grandpa of Dane, Ian, Angelina Dalton and Eddie Allegretti; cherished son of the late Edward and Mary Allegretti; dear brother of Jim (Linda) Allegretti, Jerry Allegretti and Regina (Jim) Schmick; fond uncle of many; beloved son-in-law of Dorothy (Nick) Esposito and the late Louis Vena; brother-in-law of Albert Vena. Visitation will be Satruday, August 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. A prayer service will conclude the visitation. Interment will be private. For information please call 630-355-0213 or visit

Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group on Aug. 9, 2015



Eric Edstrom - Teacher
Eric Ultimus Edstrom, Jr. passed away peacefully in the early hours of August 9, 2015. He was born January 22, 1931 in Berwyn, Illinois, son of Eric Ultimus Edstrom, Sr. and Harriet Louise Bone. The fifth of six children, he grew up in Berwyn, and moved as a teenager to Wausau, Wisconsin. Trained by his father as an electrician, he graduated Wausau High School in 1949. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Wausau for two years before volunteering for the U.S. Navy where he served from 1951 to 1955 on the U.S.S Worcester, primarily in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. He met his future wife Helen M. Klotnia on Veterans Day 1951 in Chicago. They were married on July 23, 1955 and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. After leaving the service, he was employed for about a year as a service engineer in the electromotor division of General Motors on their first diesel trains. He then attended Northwestern University, where he completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, graduating in 1959. He subsequently taught for nearly forty years in Maine Township High School District 207, where he was a member of the Social Sciences Departments successively at Maine East, South, and West High Schools before retiring in 1991; for many years he was department chair at Maine West as well as district-wide chair. He taught a wide range of courses in civics, U.S. history, and history of the non-western world, among others. Mr. Edstrom was an educational innovator who made extensive use of games in the classroom and who co-created the Des Plaines Clinical Government class that to this day continues to provide high school students with a direct experience of city government. He also taught for many years at Northwestern University at its School of Education, preparing numerous new teachers for the practicalities of the classroom, and he also taught at various points at Northern Illinois University and Georgetown University. He often said that his motto as an educator was, “Learning is a mutual journey of discovery for the teacher and the student alike.” Mr. Edstrom was a resident of Hoffman Estates since 1961 and was active in local politics in its early days, running as a candidate for village trustee under the banner of the Village Party in the last 1960s. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Helen (nee Klotnia) Edstrom and by their six sons and four daughters-in-law: Eric J., Thomas (Jennifer Reft), Carl (Carolyn Campbell), James, Alan (Andrea Costanzo), and Jeffrey (Eve). He is also survived by twelve grandchildren: Cole, Gray, Remy, Eric S., Eleanor, Phoebe, Amanda, Drew, Nicholas, Natalie, Henry, and Ilona. He is likewise survived by his sisters Louise R. Kokesh and Carole Falk, brothers-in-law Joseph (Audrey) Klotnia, David Lillie, Sr., cousin Robert Edstrom, and numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.. He was preceded in death by his brother John and sisters Roberta and Marietta. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at St. Hubert Catholic Church, 729 Grand Canyon St., Hoffman Estates, followed by Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine. The family asks that memorial contributions be made in lieu of flowers to "Room to Read".


Published in the Chicago Tribune Media Group Aug. 15, 2015




Donald Barker - Class '66
Donald Barker, 66, died Sunday, August 9, 2015, at his home in Titusville, FL. Donald was born in Jay, Maine, and grew up in Des Plaines, IL. He moved to Brevard in 1988 to work for Aerospace Corp. Donald was a retired U.S. Air Force Major. Donald is survived by his wife, Lynda; his daughter Holly (Christopher) Knight; his grandchildren Isaiah, Adriana and Bianca; his siblings Bonnie Barker of Macomb, IL., and David (Judith) Barker of Mundelein, IL.; and his nephew Kurt (Kristie) Barker. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015 at North Brevard Funeral Home, 1450 Norwood Ave., Titusville, FL. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of St. Francis or the American Cancer Society.

Published in Florida Today on Aug. 9, 2015




Dennis Geils - Class '69
Dennis Geils, a resident of Mount Prospect, formerly of Des Plaines. Beloved son of the late Lucille and Ervin Geils. Loving brother of the late Karen Jeffrey. Devoted uncle of Kyle, Katie and Anthony. Also survived by many dear friends. Born March 13, 1951 in Elgin, at rest August 18, 2015 at home. He was a lifelong farmer. Visitation Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. until services at 12 noon at Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 W Central Rd (at Northwest Hwy), Mount Prospect. Interment Ridgewood Memorial Park. Information, 847-255-7800 or

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Aug. 20, 2015

Carol Szymanski Buckely - Class '75
A memorial gathering for Carol A. Buckely, 58, will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 4:00 PM until the time of memorial service at 7:00 PM at Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 415 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich. Carol was born on June 5, 1957 in Chicago, IL to the late Raymond and Clementina (nee Stallings) Szymanski. She passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in Barrington surrounded by her family. She graduated from Maine West high school in 1975 and attended Willow Creek Church with her family. Carol worked for Hospice of Northeastern Illinois (now JourneyCare) before working for BMO Harris Bank in Barrington. After joining Harris Bank, she continued to volunteer with JourneyCare as a Camp Courage counselor and supporting fundraising activities. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, crocheting and spending time with family and friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be missed and never forgotten. Carol is survived by her beloved husband and high school sweetheart, Michael Buckely, whom she married on August 13, 1977. Also surviving are her loving sons, Christopher and Scott (Elaine); her dear granddaughter, Serena; fond sisters, Janice Moran, Linda Grether, Gail Ussery, and Betty Sullivan and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Carol's name may be made to JourneyCare Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, IL 60010. For funeral information, please call 847-540-8871 or visit

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Aug. 25, 2015

Diane Defenbaugh - Class '72
Dr. Diane Lee Defenbaugh, D.V.M., 60, of La Mesa, CA, formerly of Des Plaines, was born October 5, 1954 in Chicago to the late Ralph Lee and Kathryn M. (nee Thornton) Defenbaugh and passed away suddenly August 13, 2015. Diane was the loving mother of the late Dr. Kathryn Lee Defenbaugh, D.V.M.; cherished sister of Ralph (Deborah) Defenbaugh, John Defenbaugh and Patricia (Mark) Malartsik and dear aunt of Kristin (Zach) Kutch, Kelsey, Kylie, Angela and Daniel Defenbaugh and Katelyn, Allison and Megan Malartsik. Visitation will Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 9 AM until time of the funeral service at 10 AM at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1095 E. Thacker Street, Des Plaines. Interment will be in Magnolia Cemetery, Magnolia, IL. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Leader Dogs For The Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester, Michigan 48307 appreciated.

Funeral info 847-824-5155 or

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Aug. 27, 2015