Visitation for Richard Adolf Benthaus, 60, will be from 1 until 3 p.m. with a remembrance of Rick at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home, 1787 Deerfield Road, Highland Park. He passed away Sept. 1, 2009. In 1965, at the age of 16, Rick joined his father in the family landscaping business. Later, Rick's son Michael joined him in the business. After Rick's father passed away in 2000, Rick took over the business and ran it until his passing. From 1941 through 2009, A. H. Benthaus Landscaping created some of the most beautiful gardens on the North Shore. He was the beloved son of Emmi (nee Treu) and the late Adolf; loving father of Jennifer and Michael; dear brother to Linda (Rich) Seward and Julie; cherished uncle of Julie and Emmi; and devoted partner to Janis. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, 115 Broadway, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10006, would be greatly appreciated. It is also possible to donate online at www.lymphoma.org.
George M. Blauvelt, 62, of Wisconsin Rapids, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. William Menzel will officiate. Burial will be at Pioneer Cemetery in the town of Saratoga.
George was born April 4, 1949, in Portsmouth, Va., to George D. and Catherine (Lee) Blauvelt. George was an attorney in Menomonie for the past 20 years. Prior to being an attorney he worked six years in manufacturing and two years teaching in high school.
George is survived by his father, George D. Blauvelt, of Wisconsin Rapids. He is predeceased by his mother, Catherine; and brother, Ralph L., who died in Vietnam.
Higgins Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Gerry.........the loyal, patient, strong silent friend, on and off the court and in my mind forever.
From Jonathan Neumark on May 15th, 2017
Gerry Carper was the new boy from Knoxville, Iowa who joined our Red Oak fifth-grade class, and it was instantly obvious that he was a superior athlete and leader in every sport. As the oldest child in a large family he no doubt understood the teamwork it took to get through each day and that everyone was equal and deserved respect. Thus he had no inclination to boast or bully. Classmates for five years, including senior math at DHS, I saw the disciplined daily effort he put into his academics. From his educator father he understood that proper concentration on his classwork was the priority that would permit him to pursue athletics to a high level: three-sport DHS star and varsity football at Illinois State.
If I were asked to name a most memorable classmate from any single class at DHS, it would probably be Phil Coomes due to our having been each other's sole support system in freshman P.E. during the swimming unit, as we were the only non-swimmers in swimming fanatic (and head coach) Mr. Smith's class. Our survival strategy was to remain as inconspicuous as possible in a corner of the shallow end, pretending to be engrossed in our floating and kicking exercises. Having each other to talk to kept that phase of the class (which felt like an eternity) from being unbearable for us. Phil was a sincere, very good guy; and I was saddened to learn that he had passed away at such a young age.
Rozann was born in Chicago, Illinois to Leo and Fern Dane. She is survived by her husband, Charles R. Spero, MD, brother Andrew Dane, sister Ivy Dane, daughters Alexis Darro and Vanessa Spero-Swingle, and grandchildren Lucy, James Jr., Leo, and Eli.
Rozann was an Artist. She worked in the fashion industry at notable organizations, such as Henri Bendel, Frederick Atkins Inc., and Here and There Fashion Forecasting in New York City. Rozann completed courses at the University of Miami, Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion Careers, and Rockland Community College/State University of New York. She excelled in a myriad of artistic expressions. A published photographer, she shared her visual interpretations of the world through her pictures. She successfully sold her eclectic jewelry pieces and painted jewelry boxes at local fairs and businesses. Rozann was also employed as a model and was featured in national publications.
Rozann regularly volunteered at organizations such as: East Ramapo School District, Rockland Center for the Arts, United Cerebral Palsy Organization, New York Foundling Hospital, and New York Honduran Overseas Committee. Her wider than life smile and superb organization skills were a welcome addition to the sites she volunteered at.
Rozann was a charismatic, passionate, artistic woman. Her love of life, experiences, people, and her family showed in everything that she accomplished and the person who she was. She will be sorely missed but her spirit and legacy live on in her children and grandchildren and those she touched throughout her life. A celebration of Rozann’s life will take place every day. In lieu of flowers, the family requests tribute and memorial donations be made out to the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center.
Charles N. Taylor, 59, of Deerfield, passed away May 23, 2009; beloved son of the late Charles and Dacia Fahler; dear brother of Lola Fahler. Mr. Taylor graduated from Northwestern University with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 28 from 10 a.m. until the time of Funeral Service at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, 824 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, IL.
Interment Vernon Township Cemetery, Lincolnshire, IL. Donations may be made to the University of Chicago Medical Center, Office of Development, 5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 1115, Chicago, IL 60637.
Dan Field was an impressive classmate in senior Economics/Sociology at DHS. His probing questions challenged the teachers; but given that he later attained the office of Lake County Special Assistant State's Attorney, in retrospect it all made sense. Our paths later crossed as postgraduates (he was in law school) at the U of I downstate when we briefly resided in the same off-campus apartment building. Then, as further coincidence would have it, 25 to 30 years later I got to know him again: as his two honor-student daughters' French teacher at Lake Forest HS. His sudden passing in early 2014 left a terrible void for his adoring family, his friends and colleagues. He will be greatly missed at this reunion.
Patricia H. Comber, age 62, of Malvern, PA passed away at home on Monday, April 23, 2012 from ovarian cancer.
Patty is survived by her husband of 30 years, Bernard E. Comber, MD; her son, Heath D. Magsig (Priscilla); step-children, Bernard E. Comber, Jr. (Marie), John T. Comber (Amy) Lisa Comber Hall (John), Peter J. Comber (Paula) and was Grandmom to Annie, Jack, Erica, Chase, Emily, Casey, Skyler, Natalie, Sydney, Quinn, Alexa, Riley, Chris, Devon, Matt and Katie. She is the daughter of the late Daniel C. Heck and is also survived by her mother, Jeanne A. Heck of Hazelhurst, WI; brothers, Daniel C. Heck, Jr. (Peggy), James C. Heck (Kathleen), nieces Elizabeth and Sarah and nephews Brad, Bill and Tim.
Born in Chicago, IL, Patty graduated from the University of Southern Illinois and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (where she obtained her Masters in Divinity).
She worked at Westminster Theological Seminary for eighteen (18) years, serving the last of those eight (8) years as the Dean of Women and International Students.
Patty also was the Executive Director of Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center in Bryn Mawr until she was forced to retire due to her illness.
Patty was always ready for adventures (traveling, sailing and flying) with her husband Bern and loved spending time making memories with her family and friends in Ocean City, NJ.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to all of the nurses and aids and to all of Patty's friends and neighbors who helped throughout her illness.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Patty's memory can be made to a scholarship fund that has been established in her name as follows: The Patricia Comber Scholarship Fund, Westminster Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 27009, Philadelphia, PA 19118.
Leonard Jensky, 60, cherished father of Heather and Shayna Jensky; beloved son of Estelle Plous and the late Seymour Jensky; loving brother of Madelyn Miller; dear friend of many. Len never heard a joke he didn't laugh at and never met a person he didn't like. His outgoing personality and contagious smile made everyone his friend.
Lenny always put a smile on my face, and was a magnet of friendship. He was easy on the eyes, mind and heart. May he rest in peace.
From Jonathan Neumark on May 20th, 2017
As we read above, the passing of Len Jensky was a major loss for his family and others who knew him. I experienced the sad news with a jolt of distress to the spirit, trying to grapple with the reality that he was the first of the Woodridge neighborhood/West Ridge School friends I grew up with (from Cub Scouts to college) to depart this world. He was a selfless, sincere and good-natured guy (and one who was good with gadgets and gizmos) from a warm and caring family. He will definitely be missed at this 50-year reunion celebration (54 since we ventured forth from Red Oak).
To this day any mention of the Philadelphia Phillies makes me think of Bill Milligan, the only Phillies fan I have ever known. Our junior high science fair project may have flopped, but that didn't faze us, due to the fun we had with it. A welcome familiar face in fourth-period freshman algebra the first day at DHS, we went to lunch together, met up with Mark Verbofsky, and we became the three lunch musketeers, sitting together every day the entire school year. Sadly, they are both gone, so we can never reminisce about how skilled at matchbox football we became. Bill was an unpretentious, easy-going, comfortable-in-his-own-skin sort of guy whom I would expect always remained that way.
Pastor George Moore lived his life "on a journey with the living Christ"- and he continues on this journey in eternity. He was a tender and loving husband, father, friend and shepherd. He served faithfully on Young Life Staff in Indianapolis for 15 years, as an associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs for 6 years and as the senior pastor of West Hills Church in Omaha for the past 18 years.
His passion was to know Jesus and make Him known throughout the world, and he worked faithfully with pastors throughout the city to bring God's Kingdom to Omaha. He was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Caroline and is survived by wife, Pam; children: Joshua (Cookie), Zachary and Emily; grandchildren, Ayahna and Christian; brothers, Robert "Bobby" (Lynn) and Thomas "Chip" (Sally).
Burr Nelson, 66, passed away at home on Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Bement, Illinois. Burr was born in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Clyde Nelson and Jeanne (Burrows) Nelson.
Burr grew up in Lincolnshire and Deerfield, Illinois. He graduated in 1972 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Math, Music and Computer Science. He went on to work at the University in the Departments of Physiology and Biophysics and the GIS lab for over 25 years. In 2001, he joined Kestrel Technologies, his wife’s web development and IT company, as computer programmer and system administrator, where he worked for the next 14 years.
Two of his great loves were playing and listening to piano music, and playing chess over the Internet with partners throughout the word. He was a voracious reader, an accomplished photographer and a world traveler.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Dahms; his sister, Kim Soskin (Skip) of San Francisco; his mother-in-law, three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, nine nieces and nephews and his favorite dog.
A private family remembrance will be scheduled at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Piatt County Animal Shelter in Monticello, or Homeward Bound Pet Shelter in Decatur, Illinois.
Mary Kathleen "Nicki" Nickelson, 54, of San Diego died Friday. She was born in Deerfield, Ill, and was a registered nurse at Alvarado Hospital. Survivors include her mother, Bertha Nickelsen of San Diego; and a brother, James Nickelsen of Berkeley.
Allen was in my home room in the metal shop. In the early 70's I heard of his death in Viet Nam. I've visited the V.N. Memorial in DC and paid tribute. I'm so sorry.
From Jonathan Neumark on May 10th, 2017
Like James Robinson, I was also in Mr. Chamberlain's metal shop "session" (homeroom) with Allen Olson and am only now, from his tribute, learning about the venue of Allen's death. That it happened 48 years ago makes it no less shocking and difficult to reckon with. Allen was a great guy as a classmate and a most admirable man.
My best Mr. Chamberlain's "session" pal for four years. An intelligent, rational, sympathetic, open-minded and tolerant guy - and a great listener. Not a day went by during high school that we didn't talk - no more so than senior year at lunch. We discussed a lot of issues concerning the future, as well as about so many of the ongoing absurdities at that high school, the subject of a good deal of our humorous observations. He will be greatly missed at this 50th reunion.
John Frederick Pickles
(May 18, 1949 - November 23, 2016)
Mr. John F. Pickles III, age 67 of Marble Hill, passed away Wednesday November 23, 2016 at Season's Hospice in Cumming.
Mr. Pickles is survived by his daughter: Christina and Joel Perez of Sunrise, FL; wife: Statia of Marble Hill; ex-wife: Cathy Pickles of Tamarac, FL; sisters: Pamela, Susan, and Lois; and grandchildren: Marsel, Adrian, and Drew of Sunrise, FL.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Johnny and I first became friends in 2nd grade in Oklahoma City, our parents were friends & dads worked together. After several moves to different cities for both families we all ended up in Deerfield but had stayed friends over the years. Johnny was one of the best, kindest, most caring people I have known. I last saw him in 2015 when he spent some time with me here in Knoxville...great times. I sure miss picking up my phone & hearing "hey kid, Pickles here" and always said goodbye with God Bless. God bless JP and Peace.
DEBORAH JEAN McDANIEL ... Deborah Jean McDaniel, age 63 of Leon, Iowa, the daughter of Sterling Blackman and Catherine [Keefe] Price was born July 28, 1949 in Highland Park, Illinois. She died at the Decatur county hospital in Leon on Friday, November 9, 2012.
Debbie graduated from high school in the Chicago area. She graduated from Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri with a degree in Elementary Education. She spent her whole career teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade at Central Decatur Schools. She was based in all three buildings over the years, South, Decatur, and North Elementary. She was featured on 60 Minutes for teaching speed reading and also in Who's Who of American Teachers. She retired a few years ago.
On August 12, 1987 Debbie married Charles Eugene McDaniel in Blythedale, Missouri. She became a mother to his children, Tina and Tony. They lived south of Leon most all of their married life. Debbie enjoyed her computer, working jigsaw puzzles, games, and the grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her in-laws; and sister-in-law Sally McDaniel. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Charlie McDaniel of Leon; children, Tina Talley of Clive, Iowa and Tony McDaniel of Johnston, Iowa; grandchildren, Dezmond, Timothy, and Jazlyn; great grandson, Micah; sister Pam Smith and husband Bob of Fox Point, Wisconsin; brothers Sterling Price, Jr. and wife Candy of Wheaton, Illinois and Steve Price and wife Marcia of St. Louis, Missouri; Charlie's brothers, Al and Jerry McDaniel; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
June 30, 1949 – May 26, 2017
Mike Reilly was an original – and he stayed true to his quirky and colorful character until the day he died. An entertainer, Mike lived for music and he delighted his audiences with his charisma and voice as well as his talents on the swing cornet, trumpet, and acoustic and electric guitar. He was a sophisticated person and world traveler. A voracious reader and rare book collector, he was a scintillating conversationalist. A passionate musical educator, Mike had a stunning collection of musical CD’s, from vintage to modern blues, country, jazz, swing and classical.
Mike was born in Chicago, to Bill and Audrey Reilly. He began studying cornet in the 5th grade. In Deerfield, Mike made many lifelong friends who stood by him throughout his times. Many also moved to the Bay Area.
In the 1980’s Mike lived in New England and fronted a band called “Agit Pop”. His Bay Area career was as soloist and as a band member and front man in several bands, including “The Golden Age Jazz Band”. For 31 years he was the core of the “The Spirit of ‘29 Traditional Jazz Band”, playing hot old time jazz. They were often seen on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley and at countless festivals, proms, jam sessions. In 2000 and 2001 they were the house band for the Giants at Pac Bell Park. In 1996, Mike and the Spirit of ‘29 traveled to South Korea for a six month gig at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. In Seoul, Mike met and married Katja Reilly. He moved to her home in Ingolstadt, Germany where he lived for more than a decade. His musical career was at its apex in those years, playing all over Europe in jazz festivals and clubs. A highlight was performing with jazz great Jimmy Witherspoon. Mike returned to the Bay Area in 2007 to play with his longtime ’29 band and musical partner Eliot Kenin.
Mike leaves behind his many friends, ex-wife Katja Reilly and two sisters, Tracy Reilly Kelly (Clancy) and Deirdre Dougherty and three nieces and nephews, Muire Dougherty and Brendan (Christina) Kelly and Liam (Jamie) Kelly. His six grand nephews and nieces, will inherit his musical instrument collection and carry his music through the ages.
(Thank you to Alan Foster for finding this obituary. See Mike's recent photo in Photos > Photos You Submit.)
Three or four sets of twins were honored by having their photos taken for the Deerprints newspaper. We remember reporting to the DHS library and seeing other lookalikes. It was a little embarrassing, but we are glad someone decided to take this picture. Our only regret is that we didn't get to brainstorm with Lerry and Terry about being twins. May Terry rest in peace.
Sebben, John A. Age 62, resident of El Dorado, Kansas, previous long-time resident of Deerfield, Illinois, passed away due to congestive heart failure on Saturday, December 24, 2011, at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. John was a retired Deerfield Police deputy chief, beginning his career as a patrolman and serving over 30 years. He grew up in Deerfield and attended Deerfield High School, where he excelled on the varsity football team. In his spare time he enjoyed remodeling his home, visiting his children, and taking road trips to Arizona. John is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sue; children Kaitlin, Kortney, and Gregory; mother Phyllis; brothers Jim and Richard; and his sister Suzie. There will be no services in keeping with the wishes of the deceased. John will be remembered by all for his great sense of humor and knack for giving advice when it was most needed.
Virginia L. Shally, age 40, of Buffalo Grove, loving wife of Michael E.; dearest mother of Michael D II; dear daughter of Gunther H.W. and Trudy N. Larson Ullmann and fond sister of Ken (Nancy) Ullmann and Diane (Art) Sandy. Funeral 11 am. Saturday, at Skokie Valley Baptist Church, 1050 Skokie Blvd., Wilmette, IL. Will lie in state at church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment Mount Emblem Cemetery.
One of the three fifth-period freshman lunch musketeers, along with Bill Milligan and me, who sat together every day that school year [See my tribute to Bill], Mark had a tremendous interest in cars; but given that we hadn't even had driver ed yet, I couldn't have imagined he would go on to become a professional racecar driver. Unfortunately it was in this capacity - although he was doing what he loved - that he died at 39 during a qualifying race at Riverside (CA) International Raceway (which permanently ceased operations the following day). A really good guy - and an adventurous one - with skill and fortitude, who will always be missed.
Julie Weithorn – Class of 1967
After graduating from DHS, Julie earned a B.A. degree from Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. She later received a Master’s in Math from SIU, Carbondale, IL.
Julie retired in 2003 after teaching math for 35 years at Trico H.S. in Campbell Hills, IL. She was yearbook sponsor for 5 years, then sold tickets to all Basketball and Volleyball games for 30 years. The Athletic Department honored her with a plaque in the trophy case.
Julie was in Math Organizations and presented programs at many Local, State, and District meetings. She participated as a delegate at a Math Conference in Moscow, Russia and was selected to join a group of math teachers to tour Japanese schools.
Julie loved teaching and her students. As per her wishes, all memorial contributions, together with her personal funds, a $1,000 yearly scholarship has been set up for a needy Trico student.
David Alan Winkelman, b. Aug. 6, 1949, d. Dec. 9, 2013. Beloved husband of Barbara, neé Madenberg, loving father of Eric (Kathy) and Jordan (girlfriend Tamara Berkover), beloved grandfather of Brandon and Emma. Dear son of Howard and Billie Winkelman, brother to Janyce Hustwit (Bill) and John Winkelman (Barbara), fond uncle of Sarah Bates (Steve). David's friends and "godchildren" are legion!
Stay as spunky as you are up there in heaven, and have peace, only peace.
From Linda Wallace on December 6th, 2016
David was my first boyfriend, although I'm not sure he knew it! We reestablished our friendship upon my return to Highland Park after Hurricane Katrina. I am grateful that I got to know David for several years before his passing. He was quite a guy and is missed by many.
From Jonathan Neumark on May 15th, 2017
David Winkelman, who grew up on the next block from me (on good old Sumac Road in HP), was a fascinating individual: an outside-the-box thinker who was anything but predictable during the years that I knew him (third grade through early college). He was definitely drawn to fun and excitement, but when he put his mind on his studies he had star potential. I witnessed this firsthand senior year when we were study partners in Mr. Bruhn's European History class. Dave was determined to get into the U of I in Urbana and made an astounding late surge to get accepted. I had always suspected he possessed this sort of academic ability, and I was happy to see it realized at close range.