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Colleen McCormick Faller '93
Roberta Rapata '77
Brian Copeland '68
Francis Melchert '80
Sandra Quellmalz Erchinger '73
Daryl Pagliuca '83
John Plueger '73
Vernon Blume '75

September 2016

Colleen McCormick Faller - Class '93
Colleen Faller, 41, beloved wife, mother and friend, passed away on Monday, August 29, 2016,  with her husband, Evan and father-in-law Greg, at her side. Colleen was a patient at UPMC Shadyside, where she was in the midst of a valiant six-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia. She was born on June 14, 1975, to Jean Madden and the late Thomas McCormick. She graduated in 1993 from Maine West High School.  She graduated from Oakton Community College in 1996. On July 2, 2005, she married the love of her life, Evan Faller. They have two beautiful daughters, Avery Rose, born on May 15, 2007, in Sioux Falls, SD, and Rowan Kathleen, born on November 11, 2010, in Seneca, PA. After moving to Clarion in 2008, Colleen began a business doing what she loved – helping people put their best face forward. With “Kiss & Make Up” Colleen used her skills as a makeup artist to help people celebrate some of their happiest occasions – weddings, proms, graduations and the like. In 2014, she began work as a consultant for Norwex, a brand of chemical-free cleaning products that she truly believed in. In 2015 she rose to the rank of Senior Executive Sales Leader, the first in Pennsylvania, becoming one of the company’s fastest-rising stars. Colleen cherished time with her family and loved nothing more than cooking a hearty meal, playing a game of cards and going for a boat ride. She lived a life of fierce determination, boundless love and abundant faith. Colleen had strong, lifelong friendships with many, who also served as her “prayer warriors” during her recent illness. Her quick wit, talent for mimicry and good-natured spirit will be sorely missed. She received amazing care and support from the staff at UPMC Shadyside. Profound thanks, in particular, to Dr. Anastasios Raptis his office and the transplant team, Dr Weber, and nursing staff of 7 Main, 7 West, and 3 West.  All places her family will consider a second home. She is survived by her husband Evan, and their daughters Avery and Rowan of Clarion, her parents mother and father in law Greg & Roberta Faller of Fryburg, a brother in law Adam Faller, his wife Karen, and their children Shelby, and Aiden, her mother Jean McCormick of Des Plaines, a sister Heather Toll, her husband Dan, and their children Abbi, Danny, and Isabella of Solon, OH, stepmother Mern McCormick of Nooksack, Washington, and many aunts, uncles, cousins. Colleen was preceded in death by her father Thomas McCormick, her grandparents Kathleen & James Madden, and an uncle Greg McCormick. The family will receive friends at Faller Funeral Home, Inc. on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8. Mass of a Christian burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church of Clarion at 11AM on Friday, September 2, 2016 with Rev. Monty Sayers Pastor presiding. The family asks that in lieu of flower any donations may be made to Immaculate Conception School.  In memory of Colleen a blood drive and stem cell donor signup is scheduled for October 19th 1-6:30 at IC School in Clarion in the Meisinger Center.  

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Roberta Rapata - Class '77
Roberta Rapata, 57, of Bloomingdale, passed away unexpectedly on August 28, 2016. She was born on June 9, 1959 in Chicago to Emanuel “Bud” and Lorraine (nee Kosac) Rapata. Roberta was the co-owner of Boloney’s Sandwich Shop and The Catlow Theater in Barrington since 1981 and 1988 respectively. She was an animal lover, loved shopping, enjoyed her family and friends and loved her employees like family. She loved and cared for everyone that came through the door of both businesses. Roberta will be deeply missed by her loving fiancé, Tim O’Connor; siblings, Jacqueline, Dennis (Denise) Rapata, Donna (Robert) Krilich, Garry, and Chris (Devon Bailey) Rapata; her constant companion and best furry friend, Gizmo. She was loved like a sister and daughter by the entire O’Connor Family. She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 31, from 4 PM until 9 PM at Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 149 W. Main Street (Lake-Cook Rd) Barrington, IL 60010. Visitation will continue on Thursday, September 1, from 10 AM until the 11 AM Funeral Mass at St. Anne Catholic Church, 120 N. Ela St. (Corner of Franklin and Ela Sts.), Barrington. Entombment will be private.


Brian Copeland - Class '68
Brian Timothy Copeland, 65, of Mount Prospect for 13 years, formerly of Des Plaines for 48 years, was born Oct. 23, 1950, and passed away Aug. 13, 2016, at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean Copeland; and siblings, Carol (Paul) Laursen, Michael (Cori) Copeland, James Copeland, Timothy Copeland and Mary Jean (Liza) Copeland. Brian was a graduate of Maine West High School and General Manager for All Season Maintenance. He was a loving husband, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle and true friend to many. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Christ Church, 1492 Henry, Des Plaines. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Sept. 2, 2016




Francis Melchert - Class '80
Francis “Frank” J. Melchert, 53, a resident of Ingleside, IL, passed away Monday, August 29, 2016 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He was born September 13, 1962 in Evanston, IL, to Francis and Olga “Augie” Melchert. Frank was a 33 year member of the 217th Air National Guard and had most recently worked for Lambs Farm for the past 15 to 20 years. He was an avid volleyball player. Frank is survivied by his wife, Debi; his mother; his children, Nicole (Ernie) Matijevic, Gabrielle Melchert, Joe (Taylor) Wydra, Tyler (Katie) Wydra, Alex Wydra, Klara Melchert, and Frankie Melchert; and his siblings, Susan (Kess) Melchert, Leslie Conforti-Ramyk, and James (Maria) Melchert. He was preceded in death by his father. A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. with the service commencing at 8 p.m., at Strang Funeral Chapel & Cematorium, 410 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately. For more information please call 847-223-8122 or

Sandra Quellmalz Erchinger- Class '73
Sandra (Sandi) Q. Erchinger of Petersburg, IL died peacefully at her Venice, FL home on September 5th at age 61. Born in Milwaukee, WI on St. Valentine’s Day in 1955, Sandi captivated the hearts of the people around her with her kindness and generosity. She married Walter Erchinger in Ketchikan, AK in May of 1992 and they began their life together in Petersburg, IL. Family was of central importance to Sandi. She was the daughter of the late Jayne and Frederick Quellmalz. In addition to her husband Walter, Sandi is survived by her children: Joslyn Osten (Jonathon) of Falls Church, VA; Karen Erchinger (Bruce) of Petersburg, IL; Keith Erchinger (Linda) of Minooka, IL; Kristin Erchinger of Santa Fe, NM and Kurt Erchinger (Heidi) of Vernon Hills, IL. Sandi is known as “Oma” to her beloved grandsons Elijah and Peter Osten. She is also survived by her sisters: Barbara Coffin of Kutztown, PA; Patricia Quellmalz (Robert) of Galena, IL; Tracy Koziel (Paul) of Wheaton, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Carol Arran and brother Frederick Quellmalz III. Sandi touched the lives of many families in the area during her 23 years of teaching prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade in the PORTA and Athens/Greenview school districts. Her love of children and commitment to excellence inspired her to pursue graduate and undergraduate degrees in early childhood education from Western Illinois University and Illinois State University respectively. Her commitment to the community is exemplified through her dedication and involvement in a variety of initiatives to enrich Petersburg and its citizens. Sandi’s free time was spent mentoring children and their families; planting, weeding and harvesting crops for the Bountiful Basket Garden; and volunteering at Lincolns New Salem State Historic Site. She was an active Kiwanis member and secretary, secretary at the Menard County Tourism Council and was involved with Menard County Trails & Greenways. A celebration of Sandi’s life will be held in Petersburg, IL at a future date. In lieu of flowers her family requests donations to the Menard County Food Pantry (220 West Douglas, Petersburg, IL 62675). Farley Funeral Home in Venice is handling the arrangements.



Daryl Pagliuca - Class '83
Daryl Kent Pagliuca age 51 of Des Plaines, IL, passed away on September 15, 2016. Loving son of Connie. Dear Brother of Randall Scott and Laura Eavery. Visitation, Sunday September 18, 2016 beginning at 4:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. At G.L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines, Ilinois 60016. Funeral Mass on Monday, September 19, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. At Saint Mary Catholic Church, 794 Pearson Street, Des Plaines, Illinois 60016. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Illinois. For info please call 847 699-9003 or


John Plueger - Class '73
John F. Plueger, 61, of Des Plaines. John went to the Lord after a long battle with Cancer on September 22, 2016. John entered his new life, surrounded for many days by his family and close friends. John leaves a trail of great memories to many. John is survived by his mother, Rose M. Plueger; his two sisters, Dee Dee (John) Cahill, Cathy (Kris) Kluge, his two brothers, Michael J. and Joseph J. (Tinna) Plueger. John also loved all of his nieces and nephews, Christy Cahill Brandonisio (Anthony), Michelle Kluge, Caitlyn Plueger, Bryan Kluge, Michael Cahill, Carl Miller and Jake Plueger. John will forever be not only in our memories but our hearts. Visitation Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 2-9 PM at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Hwy., Palatine. Funeral Monday, September 26, 2016, 9:45 AM from the funeral home to St. Francis de Sales Church 33 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich for Mass at 10:30 AM. Interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago Foundation, Department 4589, Carol Stream, Illinois 60122.

Vernon Blume - Class '75
Vernon A. Blume, age 59, of Des Plaines passed away September 22, 2016. Beloved son of Vernon and Janet Blume. Loving father of Brandi (Matt) Warnock. Proud grandfather of Logan, Ava, and Aubery. Dear brother of Linda (Gary) Golz. Former Worshipful Master Des Plaines Masonic Lodge 890 and Park Ridge Masonic Lodge 988. Visitation Monday from 3:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. at G.L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines, IL. Funeral Service Tuesday at 10:00a.m. at the Funeral Home. For information, 847-699-9003 or


Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Sept. 25, 2016