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Michael Gabanski '73
William Weaver '60
Kathy Kruger Tucker '74
Paul Engers '74
Brian Kaup '87

July 2014

Michael Gabanski - Class '73
Michael Gabanski, 58, passed away July 3, 2014. A lifelong resident of Des Plaines. He is survived by his wife, Adele (nee Curcio), of 36 years, and his daughter, Rachael, the light of his life. Mike lived a simple life, loved to cook, tend his garden, and was a self taught computer whiz and Mr. Fix It. His heart had a huge passion for all four legged creatures. A celebration of life was held and attended by family and friends. His rock n' roll sprit will be dearly missed. Arrangements entrusted to the Cremation Society of Illinois, 847-577-6505.


Published in Chicago Tribune, July 8, 2014


William Weaver - Class '60
William Atwood Weaver (Bill), 71, of Chicago passed away Monday, June 30, 2014. Born 1942 in Memphis, TN, he was the son of William Weaver, Sr., and Vivian (nee Osman) Weaver who preceded him in death. His two brothers, David and Philip Weaver reside in Des Plaines. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Weaver, his step-son, Adam Downing, his daughter-in-law, Liz Miller Downing, and two grandchildren, Cecilia Downing, 3 years, and Thomas Downing, 7 months. Bill graduated from Maine West High School in 1960 adn from the University of Illinois, Champaign in 1964. He joined the Peace Corps and served for two years in what was then Bombay, India. In 1968 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served for two years in Germany. When he returned to the States, he earned a second B.A. degree in Photography from Columbia College (where he later taught). He also received a M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. In his career as a graphic designer, Bill was employed at Harper College, Kemper Insurance, and The Ashley Publishing Group. AT the time of his illness, he was employed at Jesse Brown V.A. Hospital. He was a avid member fo the AYH sailing group in Chicago. A memorial is being planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill's name to teh Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, Family and Patient Assistance Fund at


Published in Chicago Tribune, July 13, 2014


Kathy Kruger Tucker - Class '74
Kathy Tucker (nee Kruger), aka MomLady, died at home in the company of her loving family on July 8, 2014 at 1:20 p.m. in Oshkosh, WI. Visitation will be Monday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the memorial service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 370 Bowen Street, Oshkosh, with Pastor Kelly Leary officiating.


Published in Oshkosh Northwestern, July 13, 2014

Paul Engers - Class '74
Paul Engers, 58, of Des Plaines, passed away on July 16, 2014. Loving son of Dolores and the late Raymond Engers; dear brother of Scott Engers, Kenneth (Julie) Engers, Sharon (Bernard) Delaney, and Julie Friestedt. Visitation, Monday, July 21, 2014 beginning at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at G.L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines. Interment All Saints Cemetery, 700 N. River Rd., Des Plaines. For info please call 847-699-9003 or


Brian Kaup - Class '87
Brian Kaup, age 45, received his angel wings July 20, 2014 in Park Ridge after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. He was a 1987 graduate of Maine West High School and a lifelong Des Plaines resident. Brian was employed for 25 years at EESCO Englewood. Brian enjoyed cooking for family and friends and was an expert on the grill. He was a Cubs fan. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He played bags and volleyball at Beacon Tap and enjoyed his yearly cabin trips to Elizabeth, IL with his buddies. Brian is survived by his devoted wife Jen; adoring sons Griffin, Alex, and Brenden; loving mom Diane (Frank) Street; father Harry Kaup; dearest brother of April Conley (Rich Hopkins); adored uncle of Alyssa and Kelsey Conley; fond nephew of Raymond and Mary Kaup and Nicholas and Marge Kaup; cousin to Dan, Jeff, Patrick, Rick and Amy Kaup. Preceded in death by his grandparents Willis and Dolores Wille; Edith and Harry Kaup; and Uncle Dennis Wille. He wanted to thank the dedicated Doctors and wonderful nurses who have been so caring and Rainbow Hospice for making his final days comfortable. A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, July 25 from 4 p.m. until 8 the G.L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines. For information, 847-699-9003 or


Published in Chicago Tribune, July 13, 2014