We will update the list of names of our deceased warriors on a monthly basis. We will not place a person on this list with hearsay, second hand, information. Send us a fax of the obituary, noting the date and name of the newspaper from which it was taken. If you don't have the obit, then you must be related to, or a close friend who attended the wake, funeral or memorial service.

Royle Epperson '69
Patricia Pacheco Kozak '82
Laurance Geimer '71
William McMillan '04
Stuart Kriegermeier '65
William Drucker '66
Eric Swanson '74
JoAnn Phillips '61
Janet Giardini '69
David Larson '68

October 2014

Royle Epperson - Class '69
Royle Epperson, III of Bartlett formerly of Woodstock; loving son of Agnes (nee Thingwold) and the late Royle Lee II; dear brother of Valeriie (John) Janicki; proud uncle of Jason (Alethya), Eric and Rachel Janicki. A memorial visition honoring Royle and his father Royle, II will be held Sunday, Oct. 5 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Countryside Funeral Home & Cremator, 950 S. Bartlett Rd., (at Stearns Rd.) Bartlett. In lieu of flowers donations to help Helping Pawas Animal Shelter, 2500 Harding Ln., Woodstock IL 60098, would be appreciated. Arrangements and cremation by Countryside. For information 630-289-7575 or




Patricia Pacheco Kozak - Class '82
Patricia Kozak (nee Pacheco) age 50 of Des Plaines passed away October 7, 2014. Dear daughter of Irma and the late Roberto Pacheco; beloved wife of the late Stephen Kozak; cherished mother of Nocole Thomsen and Eric Kozak; loving sister of Samuel Pacheco, Robert (Lisa) Pacheco, Leticia Pacheco and Diana (Matthew) Tarver; proud grandmother of Tyler and Isabella; dear friend of Joseph Kowalik; Aunt of Patti, Jeanette, Alicia, Sammy Cindy, Joseph, Alyssa and the late Ryan. Visitation will be held Saturday, October 11 from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at G.L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines. For information 847-699-9003 or


Published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 9, 2014


Laurance Geimer - Class '71
Laurance Geimer beloved son of the late Raymond and Theresa Geimer; loving brother of Kathleen Kraft, Kenneth (the late Maxine), Cindy (Dan) Moss and Laura (Dan) Podgorny; dear uncle of 6; great uncle of 4. Funeral Saturday, Oct. 18, at 9:15 a.m., from Matz Funeral Home, 410 E. Rand Rd., Mt Prospect to St. Stephen Church, 1280 Prospect Ave., Des Plaines for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment in All Saints Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 3-9 p.m. Memorials to the American Cancer Society appreciated. For information, 847-394-2336 or


Published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 16, 2014

William McMillan - Class '04
William McMillan, age 29, passed away on October 7, 2014. Loving son of Betty and the late William McMillan. Dear brother of Jessica. Fond nephew of Charlene (Teifeld) Bogucki, DeDe Searakoff and Marlene Guilbeault. Dear cousin of Daniel Teifeld, Sean (Rachel) Teifeld, Marc (Andrea) Guilbeault and Paul Stashkiw. A memorial service will take place on Sunday, October 19, 2014 beginning at 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 766 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines. Funeral care provided by G.L. Hills Funeral Home. For information 847-699-9003 or


Published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 18, 2014


Stuart Kriegermeier - Class '65
Stu Kriegermeier, 67, of Mt. Prospect, passed away at his home on Saturday, October 18, 2014, due to a heart attack. Stu was born December 9, 1946 in Des Moines, IA and was the oldest of 3 boys to Bud and Alice Kriegermeier. He went to Maine West High School where he was the Drum Major for the school band and played Alto Saxophone in both the Concert and Jazz Bands. He attended both Western Illinois University and University of Illinois Chicago. After college Stu was drafted into the military and voluntarily joined the U.S. Marines Corps. While enlisted, Stu married Linda Pinzke on July 3, 1971 at St. Stephen's in Des Plaines. In the early 1970's Stu worked for Ponderosa and worked up to position of district manager. In 1976 Stu changed careers and began work at Merrill Lynch as a retail stockbroker. He later moved to Jeffries as an institutional broker. In the late 1980's Stu changed careers again and this time ventured into the industrial manufacturing industry, where he remained until passing as a partner at American Engraving. Stu is survived by his wife, Linda, and their three children, Stu Jr., Alyssa (Dan Tobon), and Mike. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 24th with a service at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at Fredrich's Funeral Home, 320 W. Central Rd (at Northwest Hwy), Mt Prospect. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60607 or in Stu's name. Funeral information, 847-255-7800 or


Published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 22, 2014

William Drucker - Class '66
William Drucker, 66, of Sturgeon Bay, died Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Ministry Door County Medical Center. He was born April 9, 1948, in Des Plaines, the son of the late Henry and Ruth (McKinley) Drucker. Bill gradauted from Maine West High School in Des Plaines in 1966 prior to attending college. He worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company for a year and a half before moving to Door County. Bill was self-employed providing home and grounds maintance, carpentry, and security checks for his clients. He enjoyed living in Door County. Bill hunted, did some cross country skiing and enjoyed boating and canoeing. He also appreciated fixing things in his workshop, and cooking. Bill is survived by his sister, Nancy Bissa of Kiel; brother, Thomas (Sheri) Drucker of Phoenix, AZ; nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families; and local relatives, Aunt Jane Worobec of Sturgeon Bay; and cousin, Lucy (Tom) Groth and their family in Sturgeon Bay. Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of service at 7:00 p.m. A parish vigil will be prayed at 7:00 p.m at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery on Monday, October 27. Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may offer online condolences and guestbook signing at


Published in the Door County Advocate on Oct. 25, 2014

Eric Swanson - Class '74
On October 14, 2014, Eric John Swanson unexpectedly passed away in his Buda, TX home at the age of 58. Born to Carl and Pauline Swanson on August 16, 1956, Eric was raised in Des Plaines, Illinois as the second of five siblings (Carl, Bill, Jim, and Mary). Graduating from Maine West High School, he went on to obtain a bachelors in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in 1977 and a masters from CalTech in 1980. His career began at Bell Labs in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he met his first wife, Carol Yenkner. They moved to Texas, where Eric was an early member of Crystal Semiconductor (which later became Cirrus Logic), eventually serving as the CTO. A prolific inventor, his career innovations include 62 patents with nine more pending. In addition to his work at Cirrus, Eric taught a graduate-level mixed-signal systems course in the UT Electrical Engineering department for the last 13 years, and co-taught a class in Technical Entrepreneurship with fellow industry experts. In 2006, Eric met his second wife, Marian Scott, and they began building their family together in Buda, Texas. Eric later returned to work at Cirrus as a technical fellow, until he decided to launch a new company early this year. Eric found happiness in raising and mentoring his children. While Eric, Charles, Catherine, and Patricia headed off to college, he and Marian returned the family home to its typical noise levels with Cole Scott, Carl Rae (C. Rae), Scottie, and Lucky. In between his children's band concerts and t-ball games, Eric was an avid cyclist and swimmer. He enjoyed working in the outdoors, and spent his summers at Lake Pocotopaug in Connecticut towing kids behind a boat and exploring the surrounding forests and waterfalls on his bike. A remembrance will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center Ballroom at 1900 University Ave in Austin, TX on Friday, Oct. 24th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM with a reception to follow. Donations can be made to the scholarship fund in Eric's memory at the UT ECE department:

Published in Austin American-Statesman Oct. 21, 2014

JoAnn Phillips - Class '61
JoAnn "Cookie" Phillips passed away Thursday Oct. 23, 2014 at Cedar Point Nursing Home in Cicero after a near lifelong struggle with manic depression. She was predeceased by her parents Alice (nee Lewis) and Rudy Phillips, Sr. She is survived by her brother and guardian Rudy Phillips, Jr. of Cape Cod, MA, her lifelong best friend and supporter, Joy Summers Reitmeier, her beloved godparents Aunt Mabel (nee Lewis) and Uncle Alex DiPietropaolo of Crystal Lake and special "Aunt Shirley" as well as many cousins with whom she lost contact over the many years of hospitalization. In lucid moments, she expressed loving thoughts about the whole family, especially the cousins that frequented Alice's house as children, as well as the family tree of diverse names: Lewis/Bach and Psheidt/Wolschlager. Visitation will be Monday Oct. 27th from 5 - 9 pm at Cumberland Chapels 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge. Friends and family will meet Tuesday at 11:00 am at the office of Acacia Park Cemetery 7800 W. Irving Park Rd for a graveside interment. Please donate to your favorite charity supporting early child intervention to prevent the onset of manic depression. For information 708-456-8300 or



Janet Giardini - Class '69
Janet Giardini, 63, of Cordova, TN died Oct. 18, after a valiant battle with cancer. A memorial Mass is planned at St. Gall Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn, IL at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.  Janet was born Sept. 3, 1951, to Paul and Jennie (nee Pieniazek) Giardini. She grew up in Des Plaines, IL, and graduated in 1969 from Maine West High School. She worked as an administrator in Peoria, IL for a community mental health center prior to attending Illinois State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with with a BA in Social Work. Following graduation, she financed herself through law school at the University of Iowa as a research assistant for its clinical law programs. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Edward J. McManus, in the U.S. Northern District Court of Iowa and served on the Moot Court Board as a student judge and won a seat as a quarter finalist in the Moot Court competition. After receiving her law degree, Janet worked as a hearing officer for the Illinois State Labor Relations Board, a management consultant for the Greystone Group in Michigan, and as General Counsel for the Horace Mann Mutual Fund Complex in Springfield, IL. She was a member of both the Illinois and Tennessee Bar Associations, and held positions on various boards and professional organizations over the years. She also was a devoted volunteer in numerous school activities for her son. Janet’s good nature and loving personality brought her many loyal lifetime friendships. She was thoughtful, generous, giving, fun-loving, smart, and always ready to help, support, or give a comforting word to anyone in need. She gave her time and energy to many selflessly, but her foremost priority was always her family. She is survived by her husband, Geoffrey Check, and son, Alex, of Cordova; sister, Anaterese (Dario) Pierotti, nephew John (Renee) Pierotti, great-niece Ava Pierotti, niece Gina (Troy) Wormley, great-nephews Brock and Bryce Wormley, aunt Amelia Grossi (nee Giardini), aunt Mary Grossi, and many loving cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Jennie Giardini. She will be laid to rest at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Methodist Alliance Hospice, 6400 Shelby View Dr., Suite 101, Memphis, TN 38134, or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o St. Gall Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn, IL 60119.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38119, "Behind the Stone Wall."

David Larson - Class '68
David Larson, a native of Des Plaines, died on October 26 at the age of 63 in Los Angeles, CA. He had been valiantly fighting a rare cancer, hemangiopercytoma and was being treated at Cedars Sinai Hospital in West Hollywood. He has been a resident of Los Angeles since 1974 where he applied his many talents to two professions - classical singer, and master chef and event planner. He sang and recorded with a variety of musical ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and with Helmut Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival both in ensembles and as a tenor soloist. He also sang on a number of motion picture soundtracks. David loved church music and was instrumental in the planning of many liturgical experiences. His culinary endeavors included work at several top Los Angeles restaurants and finally with his own company "Taste is everything catering and event planning." He loved helping create really special events for his catering clients which included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, various European consulates, philanthropists, non-profit organizations. He cooked for ambassadors, two presidents, several senators, a Swedish Crown Princess and assorted Hollywood royalty as well. David was proud of his Norwegian heritage and served on the board of the American Scandinavian Foundation of Los Angeles. He was a major partner in the founding and production of the now 16 year old Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. This year that festival will be dedicated to his memory. A graduate of Maine West and of Northwestern University, David was a man of great integrity, and generosity. He worked tirelessly to raise money for scholarships and in support of the arts. In 2012 he helped run a summer training program in Italy for young opera singers through the non-profit arts organization "Urban Arts Atelier," an organization dedicated to mentoring young classical singers and providing support, educational opportunities and training in the vocal arts. He is survived by his partner of forty-four years, James Koenig of Los Angeles, his mother Alvhild Larson of Des Plaines, a brother, many nieces and nephews and a loving extended family of in-laws, colleagues and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Larson, founder of Precision Instruments and Manufacturing in Des Plaines. A service in celebration of his life will take place on his birthday Nov. 1 at at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1340 11th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Memorials may be directed to the Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. or to the Urban Arts Atelier, or to the Trinity Lutheran Church music department.


Published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 29, 2014