JAMES W. CREASER
Funeral services for James W. Creaser, 94, were held Saturday, Jan. 26, at Calvary United Methodist Church 136 E. Highland, Villa Park. Interment was at Mt. Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst. Arrangements were made by by Steuerle Funeral Home. For info: 630-832-4161.

THEODORE E. KRASE
Theodore E. Krase (Ted), 71 years of age, former longtime resident of Lombard. Currently living in Quinlan, Texas, passed away Jan. 21 after a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife Lydia. They would have been married 50 years in July. They have 6 children Brian, Brent, Heather (Murphy) Tim, Amy, Kevin and Chad, eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
A Memorial is planned in the Spring.

JOSEPH J. LEPE
Joseph J. Lepe, 92, of Elmhurst, passed away on Jan. 19, 2019.
Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 2, 9:15 a.m. until Mass time 10:15 a.m. at St. Alexander Church, 300 S. Cornell, Villa Park. Interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.
Arrangements were made by Steuerle Funeral Home: 630-832-4161.

CATHY McSHANE
Cathy McShane, nee Henkel, of Lombard, passed away surrounded by family January 18, 2019, at the age of 54.
Cathy was the cherished daughter of Marilyn and the late Frank Henkel; younger sister of Bill (Debi) Henkel; caring wife of Tom McShane; loving mother of Ashley McShane and Kristi (Blake) Fisher; adored grandmother of Calvin and Henry; and loved aunt of many nieces and nephews.
To honor Cathy’s wishes, there will be a Celebration of Life party in May of 2019.

GEORGE ALLEN RAETZKE
It is with great sadness that the family of George Allen Raetzke announces his peaceful passing in his home after a tireless fight against cancer. George calmly returned to our Lord on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the age of 78 years.
George will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 23 years, Yvonne. George is also survived by his children, Deborah Henson (Kenny) and George Alan (Beth); stepdaughters, Lisa Kress (Jim), Deborah (Bob Bannon) Smart, Jennifer (Ken Piton) Abanero, and Heather Mages (Jay). George will also be fondly remembered by his 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
George was preceded in death by his father, George Albert; mother Florence, nee’ Burkhardt; and two brothers, Ralph and Richard.
The sole proprietor of George A. Raetzke Accounting and Tax Service for over 40 years, he was also an active member of: the Lombard Businessmen’s Association, Lombard Jaycees, Lions Club International, V.F.W. Post 5815, VietNow, American Legion, and the Illinois Association of Enrolled Agents (IAEI).
A wake for those who wish to pay their respects will be held at the Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, from 3-9 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019. A Funeral Service in memory of George will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019, lying in state from 10- 11 a.m., with services beginning at 11 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church, 410 N. Cross St., Wheaton, with Rev. Dr. Scott A. Bruzek officiating. A private interment will follow in a family plot at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights.
Those who so desire may make memorial donations in lieu of flowers in memory of George to the staff who gallantly cared for him at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital (in loving memory of George Raetzke; Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital, Voluntary Service, 5000 South 5th Ave., Hines, Illinois 60141; or https://www.hines.va.gov/giving/index.asp).

DORIS KLETT SMALLMAN
Doris Klett Smallman of Medina, Ohio, since 1989, was born to Wilbur and Elizabeth (Cammelot) Klett of Lombard, on July 11, 1939. As a young girl she trusted Jesus Christ to be her Savior, lived for Him, and is now resting in His eternal care since her passing on January 22.
Doris is a 1957 graduate of Glenbard (now Glenbard West) High School in Glen Ellyn, and attended John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She graduated with a B.S. in Business/Secretarial Science and a minor in Bible. There she met her future husband, so after they both graduated in 1962 she married Bill Smallman from Wheaton, MD, and they moved to Southern California for 5 years for his seminary training.
Following the call of God, the Smallmans served with Baptist Mid-Missions, (Cleveland, Ohio) in the Amazon Valley of Brazil with their two young children, living in Manaus, Amazonas, from 1970 to 1979. In the seminary there she taught piano and Music Theory along with secretarial work. In 1980 they moved to Northeast Ohio as Bill entered the administration of the mission and Doris accompanied him on ministry journeys to many countries. Doris worked as an administrative assistant in Cleveland, Strongsville, and then for nearly 14 years as Office Manager at First Baptist Church in Medina, before retiring.
After a major stroke in 2002 left her hampered on her left side, she valiantly continued to be an encourager to many people until her Homegoing.
Doris is survived by her husband Bill, their son David (Valerie), and three grandchildren Adam (Katie) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ryan (Bia) in Brazil, and Shelly (engaged to Paulo) in Brazil, and daughter Margie, BSN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Don and Bob Klett, and an unborn child Timothy.
A memorial service is planned at First Baptist Church, 3646 Medina Rd., on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until time of service at 3:30 p.m. at the church. A light supper will follow services for all who attend.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be directed to Baptist Mid-Missions or to First Baptist Church of Medina.
Online condolences may be left at waitefuneralhome.com.

 

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