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Elischer, Charles - Berwyn  
Charles "Charlie" Elischer, age 57, resident of Berwyn, passed away April 11, 2015. His final days were spend surrounded by those who loved him. He was the beloved longtime partner of Katie Stapleton; loving father of Alexis and Ashley; proud grandfather of Mia; dearest son of Henry and Eileen Elischer; devoted brother of Carrie, Cindy, Curt and Clint; and a fond owner of Santa Fe the cat. Charlie was a master electrician and a dedicated employee of MacNeal Memorial Hospital in Berwyn for 34 years. At Charlie's request, there will be no services held. Memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, Florida 32256, are appreciated. Arrangements by Woodlawn Funeral Home. Info: 708-442-8500, or
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Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Apr. 14 to Apr. 19, 2015
Engels, Donald - Glenview  
Donald J. Engels, age 84, of Glenview, IL. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy A. Engels; Longtime companion of Marlene Murphy; loving father of Don, Jr. (Julie), John (Kathy), Michael, Matthew (Beth), and Andrew (Christina) Engels; dear grandfather of Maggie, Annie, Mary, Patrick, William, John, Ellie, Tommy, Matthew, Claire, Paige, and Brooke Engels; fond brother of the late Carol (the late Lando) Harmon; uncle of Laura Tiller. Visitation Sunday, April 19, 2015 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Monday, April 20, 2015, 9:15 a.m. from Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd. at Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077 to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1775 Grove Street, Glenview, IL 60025, Mass 10:00 a.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Sister Paulanne's Needy Family Fund, 1775 Grove Street, Glenview, IL 60025, would be appreciated. Info: 847-675-1990 or
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Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Apr. 16 to Apr. 19, 2015

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Epstein, Joan - Chicago  
Joan H. Epstein, nee Hirsch, age 91, of Chicago; loving mother of Ann (Hon. Jed) Rakoff and Mary (Dr. Jerome) Kaltman; cherished sister of John L. (late Margaret) Shapin; devoted stepmother of Laurie (Jacob Berlinsky) Lawton and Donna (late Dr. Bill) Barrows; adored grandmother of Jena (Eric) Epstein, Elana and Keira Rakoff, Debbie, Sharon and David Kaltman, Jennifer (Alex Gallafent) Lawton, Matt and Michael (Nicole) Lawton, Sam, Charlie and Ted Barrows; proud great grandmother of Jonah Epstein; treasured aunt, great aunt and friend to many. Memorial Service Thursday, 1:00 p.m. at Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 W. Delaware Place, Chicago, IL 60610. A reception will immediately follow at the Congregation. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Chicago Sinai Congregation or CJE SeniorLife, 3003 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago, IL 60645. Info: The Goldman Funeral Group, (847) 478-1600.
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Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Apr. 14 to Apr. 16, 2015

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Epich, Patricia - Oak Lawn  
Patricia Ann Epich nee Alford, 81, of Oak Lawn, IL. Pat was the matriarch and linchpin of four generations of the Epcih family. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Raymond, her sons Alan (Susan), Kenneth (Christine), Richard (Linda), Thomas, Roger (Suzanne) and her daughter Jennifer Epich. She was predeceased by her son Mark (Helen) and her daughter Susan. She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, Shawna Epich (Dante) Royster, Brett (Sarah) and Trey Epich, Emily (Zach) Franklin, Clayton, Shelby, Hannah, Leah, Austin, Claire, Luke and Summer Epich and her great-granchildren Abigail Epich, Dayle Royster and Norah Epich. She is the sister-in-law of Marion Alford. She was also the aunt of many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Pat will be remembered and noted for the manner in which she raised her children while Ray was often traveling worldwide as a Management Consultant and information technology guru. She never forgot anyone of their birthday, graduation, Easter or Christmas celebration. Pat possessed unparalleled unselfishness. A visitation will be held Thursday from 3-9pm at Curley Funeral Home 6116 W. 111th St, Chicago Ridge. Family and friends will meet Friday at St Catherine of Alexandria Church 10621 S. Kedvale, Oak Lawn, for 10:00am Mass where she and Ray were among the founding parishioners in 1957. Pat will be cremated and her ashes interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific (The Punchbowl) in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she and Ray lived while Ray served in the U. S. Army. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to St Michael the Archangel Church's building fund in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii . They are replacing a 100 year old church destroyed by a recent earthquake. Pat and Ray have attended St. Michaels for many years while in Kona on vacation and have placed items in the new cornerstone. For information call 708-422-2700
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Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Apr. 15, 2015

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Ecker, Ruth - Countryside  
Ruth E. Ecker, nee Christophersen, 90, of Sebring, FL, born in Chicago, IL, formerly of Elmhurst, IL, passed away on Thursday March 26, 2015. Ruth and her husband Bill moved to Sebring in 1981. Loving mother of Judith (Steven) Grunkemeyer of Sebring, FL, Patricia (Daniel) Cermak of Darien, IL, and William (Karin) Ecker, III of Marseilles, IL. Devoted grandmother of 8. Dear great-grandmother of 1. A Memorial Visitation will be held at 10am until time of Memorial Service 11am Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11500 German Church Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527. Inurnment to follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church (address above) in Ruth's name appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Hallowell & James Funeral Home, Countryside, IL at 708/352-6500 or
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Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Apr. 4 to Apr. 12, 2015
Elsken, Catherine - Boca Raton  
Catherine "Can Ann" Warren Elsken, 89, died peacefully in Boca Raton, FL on March 26, 2015. Daughter of the late George and Agnes Warren, she was born in Louisville, KY, June 30, 1925. She married James C. Elsken in 1949. Throughout their 60 years of marriage they lived in Berkeley, CA, Stamford, CT, Chicago, IL and Savannah, GA. A mass and burial will be held in Berkeley, CA in 2016.
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Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Apr. 14, 2015
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