Lombard/Villa Park obituaries—March 9

Joseph Barbosa, age 92, of Villa Park, Illinois. Beloved husband of the late Aurelia P. Barbosa, née Palomar; loving father of Michael (Roxane); dear grandfather of Jessica and Michael J; fond brother Meli Serna, the late Lucia Ortiz, Barbara Mejia, Mary Torres, Marcelina Torres, and Rodolfo Barbosa.
Visitation, Friday, March 10, from 3-8 p.m. at Steuerle Chapel, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park. Funeral Saturday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home to St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 330 N. Westmore Ave., Villa Park, for Mass at 10:15 a.m.. Interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Louise Chidlow (née Sauter)—fondly known as Wheezer, Lulu, Tamingo, Mingee, Luisa, Mamasita, Sofa Mom—age 91, passed away February 5, 2023, surrounded by family at her home in Lombard, Illinois.
Louise was born in Chicago on October 12, 1931. After losing her mother at an early age, she was raised by her beloved Aunt Letty Swanson. She cherished growing up in Glen Ellyn where she made life-long friends and could roam in the woods and pick wildflowers. She graduated from Glenbard High School in 1949.
As a teenager she spent summers with her cousins in Beulah, Michigan, a place she loved and would return year after year with family and friends.
She met the love of her life, David Chidlow, and they were wed on November 22, 1952. They raised their family in Lombard. Their home was a second home to extended family and many friends. It was a special place to gather…filled with music, laughter, great food and always a good time.
Her David was lost to cancer in 1981. She later met companion, Jack Kuncl, whom she spent many years with before he passed in 2020. Jack was a jazz musician and they enjoyed travel and music together.
Lulu was a beauty inside and out. She was magnetic, warm and charming and had an unforgettable laugh. She made friends wherever she went and was a second mom to many. Her vibrant personality manifested itself in her sense of style and appearance. She was always dressed to the nines…down to the perfect accessory. A flowing sundress and a knockout piece of turquoise jewelry was her signature outfit. She always said, “When you’re older, you must wear sparkly clothes!”
Family was everything to Mingee. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She never missed a birthday, holiday or special occasion. She was the matriarchal glue of the family. Her grandchildren cherish memories of sleeping over at her house when they were growing up.
Tamingo was a poet. She wrote beautiful, heartfelt cards to those she cared for. She was deeply sensitive and attuned to the beauty in the world. She had a great eye for design and took pride in decorating her lovely and cozy home.
Never one to say no…she was always on the go. Louise loved to cook, sew, do yardwork, and chase a bargain. She enjoyed her margaritas, Rumchatas, and daily dose of chocolate! Her taste in music varied from traditional jazz, Frank Sinatra, Willie and Waylon, Bob Seeger to a Mariachi band, and her favorite, Rod McKuen. She became a sports fan later in life – loved her cute football QB’s and the Chicago Cubs.
Louise was a true Lombardian. She worked for the Lombard Park District for over twenty years until she was 86. She never missed a Lilac Parade, worked hard to save the DuPage Theater, and was a founding member of the “Paradise Pool Pals”.
Later in life she enjoyed traveling and spent a winter month in Puerto Vallarta for the past 30+ years. There of course, Luisa made many friends and would continue those special relationships.
There will be a Celebration of Life to honor her at “Ye Olde Hickory House”…because she was all about having a party.
She is survived by her children, John (Therese) Chidlow, Dan (Joelle) Chidlow, Sally Chidlow Hebert, Jenny (Ed Kett) Chidlow, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, cousins, many nieces and nephews, and her beloved cat, Nellie.
Rest in Peace Mom…we will listen for your whisper in the wind, in the rustle of leaves… and feel the first day of warm air on our skin and know you are with us, always.

Helen Chindlund, 92, of Villa Park, Illinois, passed away Sunday Feb. 26, 2023, at her home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Helen worked at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois, and was a founding member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in DuPage County.
She enjoyed going out to lunch, dinner, and the casino with her friends. She also enjoyed shopping, sewing, porcelain doll marking, baking zucchini bread, and bingo, Oh, how she loved bingo!
Helen is survived by her three daughters, as well as her niece, nephew, great-nephew, great-nieces, and numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Private services are being held at this time.

Lucille Katherine Flynn, née Kestel, age 95, of Villa Park, Illinois for 70 years. Wife of the late Richard Joseph Flynn Sr.; loving mother of Susan Flynn, Patrick Flynn and the late Richard Joseph (Debbie Durkin) Flynn Jr.; dear daughter of the late Edith, née Koch, and the late George Kestel; devoted grandmother of Danny and Sami Borne; preceded in death by her siblings Bernard, Fredrick, Marcella and Richard “Dick”; aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Services were held March 6. Interment Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. Funeral info: steuerlefh.com or (630) 832-4161.

Joseph was a loving husband to Charlene. Joseph was a loving father to Jeffrey, John, Susan, and Joel. Joseph was a loving father-in-law to Judy, Kelley, Eugene, and Jenni. Joseph was a loving Grandpa to Brittni, Brandon, Jacob, Aidan, Gavin, Emily, Marli, Delaney, Aleena, Ella, and Charlie. Joseph was a loving uncle of many and Joseph was a loving friend of many!!!
Joseph was the cherished son of Emily Kleszynski and Frank Smrz and the loving Brother of Patricia and Howard Zingraf.
Joseph and Charlene were married for 60 years and dated for five years before being together 65 years. Joseph was a veteran of the U.S. Marines. Joseph was a Sox fan. Joseph retired after 32 years from General Motors Electro-Motive Division and then continued to work in the railroad industry.
Joseph was involved in his children’s lives enjoying baseball, Boy Scouts, Indian Guides, and Indian Princesses. Joseph enjoyed family camping in a tent, then a camper, and then a dream come true … a lake home. Joseph always wanted to share the “Diamond” on Fisher Lake with the Moon so brightly shining on the water! Joseph was a “Joe of all trades.”
Joseph’s Loving Life was a gift to all and Joseph will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered!!

Mary K. Ulbert, née Brady, 78, 35-year resident of Lombard passed away on March 1, 2023, surrounded by her family.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 18, at 10 a.m. at St Pius X Catholic Church, 1025 E. Madison St., Lombard. Private Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
Info:www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.