Obituaries

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May 2018

Kay Christensen Sumerwell '68
James Wieser '68
Frank Zelasko '84
Norbert Thomas '65
Kenneth Miller '86
Jeanne McNulty Carroll '75
Scott Sedlack '73
Clifford Wagner '71

Kay Christensen Sumerwell - Class '68
Kay Lyann Sumerwell, 68, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died April 27, 2018. She was born April 15, 1950 Harold and Doris Christensen in Springfield, Ohio. Kay moved to Bella Vista fourteen years ago from Warrenville, Ill. She volunteered at Northwest Hospital for 12 years. She was a member of Highland Christian Church. Preceded in death by her parents and brother, Kurt Christensen. Left to cherish her memories are her husband Robert Sumerwell and sister, Carol Hall of Joliet, Ill. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory. On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.

James Wieser - Class '68
James Peter Wieser, age 67, passed away in McHenry on Monday, April 30, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Chicago on June 11, 1950, the son of Walter Joseph and Louise Marie (nee Witte) Wieser. On August 28, 1971, he married the love of his life, Judith A. Mader, at St. Mary's in Antigo, WI. James is survived by his loving wife, Judith; dear children: Jennifer (Timothy) Dutcher of Rockford, James (Melanie) Wieser of Algonquin; cherished grandchildren: Aria and Nickolai; mother-in-law: Agnes Mader and sister Laurie (Robert) Thibault of Milwaukee, WI. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Louise Wieser and father-in-law, Robert Mader. Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Friday, May 4, 2018, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. Interment will follow at Holcomb Cemetery. For more information visit www.colonialmchenry.com or call 815-385-0063

 

Frank Zelasko - Class '84
Frank was born on November 26, 1965 and passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Frank was a resident of New Mexico at the time of passing. He attended public schools and later graduated from Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL. Frank will have a memorial visitation on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory in Sioux Falls, SD, where his family will greet relatives and friends from 3:00 - 6:00 PM. Burial will be at a later date.

Norbert Thomas - Class '65
Norbert Francis Thomas, Jr., 71, of Tavares, FL, passed peacefully on May 7, 2018 at Cornerstone Hospice of Tavares.  Norb, as he was known to family and friends, was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 16, 1947 as the only child to the late Norbert Francis Thomas, Sr., and Isabella (Sherman) Thomas.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years Debbie Thomas, his son, Brian Thomas and his wife Dianne of Raleigh, NC; his daughter, Natalie Thomas of Jacksonville, FL; and his daughter, Nicole Spears and her husband Steven Spears of High Springs, FL; and his grandchildren Owen Thomas, Dylan Miller, Aubrie Thomas, Holly Thomas, Lacie Spears, and Tyler Spears.  He also leaves behind his two adored Bichon Frises, Poochie and Jessie. How a former K-9 Police Officer and Police Chief ever became so attached to these two fluffy white lap dogs remains a mystery but they will miss him as intensely as all of us.  Norb graduated from Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1965. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Florida (1977) and a master's degree in criminal justice from Rollins College (1981). A dedicated and lifelong public servant, Norb served on the Gainesville (FL) Police Department from 1971 to 1993. He began his career with the GPD as a patrol officer and retired as a Captain and Commander of the Patrol Division, which at the time consisted of 125 sworn officers and 75 civilian personnel.  After retiring from the GPD he moved to Tavares, FL to become Police Chief, a position he held from 1993 to 1999. After serving as Tavares Police Chief he served on the Tavares City Council from 2000 to 2003, on the Tavares Police Pension Board from 2012 to 2017, and on the Tavares Planning and Zoning Board from 2011 until his death.  Norb's final law enforcement position was as Special Agent with the Florida State Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco from 1999 to 2006.  Over the years some of Norb's many civic engagements included serving on several City of Gainesville boards, the Lake County Safety Council, the Tavares Historical Society Board, and the Florida Police Chiefs Association Foundation Board. He was also an active member of Rotary International where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.  The family will receive visitors on Friday, May 11th from 5 to 8pm at Steverson, Hamlin, and Hilbish Funeral Home at 226 E. Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL 32778, (352) 508-1665. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 11am at the First United Methodist Church of Tavares at 600 West Ianthe Street, Tavares, FL. 32778, (352) 343-2761. Donations may be made in Norb's memory to the Central Florida Concerns of Police Survivors, whose mission is to assist in rebuilding the shattered lives of the family members left behind by Law Enforcement Officers who have died or were killed in the line of duty. Donations may be made online or by mail to Central Florida Concerns of Police Survivors, P.O. Box 782385, Orlando, FL 32878-2385. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared on the tribute wall. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Norbert Francis Thomas Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.

Kenneth Miller - Class '86
Kenneth R. "Ken" Miller, age 49, passed away suddenly on Friday evening May 4, 2018 . He was surrounded by his friends doing what he really loved, making music. Ken was born in Des Plaines on July 10, 1968 and is the son of Robert H. and Jo Ann Miller. He was a 1986 graduate of Maine West High School and then attended University of Iowa where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Finance upon graduation in 1990. All of Ken's professional career was spent working in accounting and finance. He was a resident of West Dundee for the past 18 years, the bassist for West Dundee's local band, Controlled Burn and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Elgin. Survivors include his wife of 19 years; Amy to whom he married on September 12, 1998. Their Son; Austin, his parents; Bob and JoAnn, his sister; Linda(James) Humphrey. Other survivors include his in-laws; Jon and Sally Gundry, sisters-in-law, Heather (Aaron Warner) and Heidi (Martin) Ottilie along with his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins as well as countless good and faithful friends. At Ken's request, he will be cremated and inurnment will be private. Memorial Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Avenue in Elgin with Rev. Rick Carlson, officiating. Ken's family will be receiving friends at the church from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Nothing was more important to Ken than his family, especially his role as Dad. Ken was excited for Austin's future. With this mind, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Austin Miller Educational Fund, P.O. Box 531, West Dundee, IL 60118. The Miller Funeral Home, West Dundee has been entrusted with all arrangements. To leave an on-line condolence, please visit www.millerfuneralhomedundee.com. For info, please call 847-426-3436.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 10, 2018

Jeanne McNulty Carroll - Class '75
Jeanne Michelle Carroll nee McNulty age 61 of Gurnee.  Beloved mother of Ian Carroll and Morgan Carroll. Devoted grandmother of Luna and Ashley.   Loving sister of Catherine McNulty, Thomas (Lauri) McNulty, Barbara Franzen and Sheila (Jim) Schleicher.  Dear companion of Don Trost. Cherished friend of Pam Kavanaugh and Anne Welch.  Aunt and cousin of many. Life Celebration Service will be Saturday May 19th from 3-5 pm at the Chicago Executive Airport, Hangar 19, 1064 S Milwaukee Ave. Wheeling.  In lieu of flowers donations to Journey Care Hospice at www.journeycare.org or her family will be greatly appreciated.  For more information 847.537.6600 or www.funerals.pro

Scott Sedlack - Class '73
Scott W. Sedlack, 63 years old of Lindenhurst, IL passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at his home.  He was the son of James and the late Dorothy (Fry) Sedlack.  Scott lived many years in Des Plaines, IL before settling in Lindenhurst 22 years ago.  He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a fireman. After his discharge, he continued to work for the Department of the Air Force and then went on to the United States Postal Service, where he was a mail carrier in Antioch, IL.  Scott loved to ski (especialy back country), cycle, run, and lift weights.  He also enjoyed traveling. Survivors include his wife of nearly 35 years, Mary Lynn (Koziol); his father, James (Marisa Cresto-Sedlack) Sedlack of Coloma, MI; his brother-in-law, Tom (Vicki) Koziol; his favorite niece, Danielle; and many friends.  In addition to his mother, Scott was preceded in death by his brother, James Sedlack. Memorial visitation will be held from 11AM-2PM Friday, May 18, 2018 at the STRANG FUNERAL HOME OF ANTIOCH, 1055 Main St. (Rte. 83). Memorial services with military honors will commence at 2PM Friday.  INFO 847-395-4000.  Please sign our online guest book for Scott at www.strangfh.com

 

Clifford Wagner - Class '71
Clifford Charles Wagner, age 65, of Vickery drive in Maiden, NC, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018.  He was born May 4, 1953, to the late Charles and Doris (nee Bellamy) Wagner. On December 19, 1997, he married the love of his life, Mary Zabinski. Clifford was a veteran of the US Air Force. He worked as a computer programmer for Motorola. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Mary; daughters, Candice, Tara, Kristin, and Jennifer; and son, Christopher; and 9 grandchildren. He is further survived by his brothers, John, Brian, and David Wagner; and sister, Shirley Jaruis. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018, from 4:00pm until 8:00pm, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. Military Honors will begin at 7:00pm, following there will be a time where family and friends may speak. Memorials in Clifford's name may be made to W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center, 1601 Brenner Avenue, Salisbury, NC 28144. For more information, visit www.colonialmchenry.com or call 815-385-0063.

Published in the Northwest Herald on May 23, 2018