Current Services

Joseph A. Wellman  -  84
ELK GROVE VILLAGE - On June 30, 2017, Joseph A. Wellman, a former High School teacher from Elk Grove Village, died at the age of 84, after a brave, year long battle with a rare form of cancer. Joe Wellman was born in Quincy, IL, to Joseph and Philomene (Schneider) Wellman, and was the oldest of five children that included Jerry, Jim, Phyllis (Rohling), and Jackie. Joe graduated high school in 1950 and enlisted in the Army. Just out of the military, he met Eleanor Proctor and they were married on March 4, 1954. In 1956 he earned a BS degree in Social Studies and Journalism from Western Illinois University. In 1966 he earned a Masters degree from Illinois State University. During those early years, they would live in several towns, including Macomb, McLean, Chebanse and New Lennox, IL. In 1966, Joe accepted a teaching job at Elk Grove High School where he taught psychology and sociology. Elk Grove was their home for 30 years, raising six kids. Joe was a favorite at school, earning “best teacher” award many times. In 1967, he was one of a few concerned citizens who proposed affordable housing for Mexican migrant workers after a tragic fire killed three kids living in squalid conditions on the edge of town. Joe retired from teaching in 1990 and hobbies included flight instructor, golfer, and fiction writer. His writing resulted in 5 published books which include The Private Lives of Teachers, Payson Heights, The Darkness of Mid Day, A Matter of Hate, and The Last Hours of Their Lives. Joe is survived by his wife Eleanor (Proctor) Wellman, his brother Jim Wellman, his sister Phyllis Rohling, six children and their spouses; Michael Wellman and Theresa Rutz, Stephen and Pamela (Frye), Debra, Timothy and Debra (Doucette), Gregory and Shauna (Miller), and Allen and Lisa (Wellman) Brooks, and their 18 grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday, July 7, 3pm – 9pm at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, July 8, 10am at Queen of the Rosary Church, Elk Grove Village. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society. Joe was also a big believer in donating blood, so please consider making a donation if you are able.
Randy M. Hicks  -  60
Tuesday, July 18th
A visitation for Randy M. Hicks will be held from 3 to 9 PM on Tuesday, July 18th with a chapel service scheduled for 8 PM. Interment will be private.
LaVerne B. Ridge  -  85
  Thursday July 13 - Friday July 14
LaVerne B. Ridge nee Sand, 85, of Elk Grove Village for 58 years. Born in Chicago she died July 8, 2017 at Alexian Brothers Hospice Residence. She was an employee for 19 years at Jewel Foods in Elk Grove Village. LaVerne was the beloved wife of the late Robert H. (2012); loving mother of Jeffrey R. (the late Linda) and the late Gerald S. Ridge (2007); cherished grandmother of Nicholas and Austin and dear sister of Robert (Carolyn) Sand. Visitation Thursday July 13 from 3-9pm at Grove Memorial Chapel 1199 S. Arlington Heights Rd. Elk Grove Village. Chapel Service Friday July 14 at 10am. Interment Fairview Memorial Park – Northlake.
Joan B. Szymczak  -  79
  Friday July 14 - Saturday July 15, 2017
Joan B. Szymczak nee. Maslankowski, 79, of Mt. Prospect for 52 years. Born in South Chicago she died July 9, 2017 at JourneyCare in Northwest Community Hospital. Joan was a loving homemaker and the beloved wife of Ronald L. for 58 years. Se was the loving mother of Scott G., Tiffany G. and Daniel J. Szymczak; cherished grandmother of Sydney K. Szymczak; dear sister of Norman (Betty) and the late Ronald (Carol) Maslankowski and sister in law of Evelyn (the late Lawrence) Szymczak. Visitation Friday July 14 from 3-9pm at Grove Memorial Chapel 1199 S. Arlington Heights Rd. Elk Grove Village. Chapel prayers Saturday July 15 at 10:30am followed by a Funeral Mass at 11am at St. Julian Eymard Church 601 Biesterfield Rd. Elk Grove Village. Entombment at All Saints Cemetery - Mausoleum. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Research Hospital for Children.
Michael J. Erl  -  52
  Sunday July 9, 2017
Michael J. Erl, 52 of Glendale Heights for 10 years.  He was born in Chicago and passed away June 30, 2017.  He was the loving father of Megan and Sara Erl; dear brother of Jim (Janine) Erl and MaryAnn (Marty) Rosenfeld; beloved son of the late Don (the late Lori) Erl and the late Judy.  He was also a dear friend of the late Helen Erl (2016).  Mike leaves many fond cousins and friends.  Memorial visitation will be Sunday July 9 from 3-9pm with a 7pm chapel service at Grove Memorial Chapel 1199 S. Arlington Hts. Rd. Elk Grove Village.  Private inurnment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery - Hillside.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Breakthrough Urban Ministries 402 N. St. Louis Ave. Chicago 60624.
Thomas J. Cahill  -  79
  Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Thomas J. Cahill, 79, of Las Vegas, formerly of Elk Grove Village, IL. for more than 46 years. Tom was born in Chicago and passed away May 28. He was a retired lather with 43 years of service in the construction industry. He was the beloved husband of Pauline nee. Martorana for 56 years; loving father of Catherine (Steve) Geisler, Michael Cahill and Christine (Mark) Liekhus; cherished grandfather of Ginelle (Clay) Cliborne, Sara, Lauren and Ryan Geisler; John, Nicholas and Brian Liekhus and great grandfather of Wyatt and Olive Cliborne, Mila DiGioia and Isla Sitter; dear brother of Patricia Slattery; loving son of the late Joseph R. and the late Evelyn Cahill nee. Duffy. Memorial visitation will be Wednesday, July 12 from 10am until the time of service at 12 noon, at Grove Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Kimberly Ann Dompke
  Sunday July 2, 2017 - Monday July 3, 2017
Kimberly Ann Dompke, 46, of Elk Grove Village for 43 years, formerly of Rolling Meadows. She was born June 22, 1971 and passed away June 28, 2017 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Loving daughter of Timothy and Susan Dompke nee. Jamrozy; dear sister of Mark (Jennie) Dompke, Laura (Kieth) Galvez and David (Kristen) Dompke. Cherished aunt of Emily, Evan, Ethan, Mason and Kara; dear granddaughter of the late Harold and the late Eleanor Dompke, the late Ervin and the late Ruth Jamrozy. Kimberly had three passions: her nieces and nephews, her dog Payton and teaching. She graduated from Conant and DePaul University with two master degrees in education. She worked 20 years for District 54 at Lakeview School in Hoffman Estates. She tried to make every child feel special with love and compassion. Visitation Sunday July 2 from 3-9pm at Grove Memorial Chapel 1199 S. Arlington Hts. Rd. Elk Grove Village. Chapel prayers Monday July 3rd at 10am followed by a 10:30am Mass at St. Julian Eymard Church 601 Biesterfield Rd. Elk Grove Village. Interment All Saints Cemetery – Des Plaines. Our daughter will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation of IL. Info 847-640-0566 or
Jay Wubbolding  -  59
James A. “Jay” Wubbolding, 59, a lifelong resident of Elk Grove Village. He was born in Indianapolis, IN. and passed away June 28, 2017 at Lutheran General Hospital. Prior to Jay’s illness he was employed by Masuda Funai Law Firm of Chicago in information technology. He was also an avid guitar player. Loving father of Jonathan Sharwarko; dear brother of John L. (Cindy) Wubbolding, Philip E. (Carol) Wubbolding, Mary C. Shellenberg (Gary Lamm) and Christine F. Wubbolding (Joseph Urbanski); cherished son of the late John F. and the late Bertha C. Wubbolding nee. Conradi. He leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews and friends especially his best friend Marty (Eileen) Barlow. Visitation Wednesday July 5th, from 4-9 pm at Grove Memorial Chapel. Chapel prayers Thursday, July 6th at 9:30 am followed by a 10 am Mass at Queen of the Rosary Church, 750 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village. Private inurnment will be at St. Michael Cemetery – Palatine. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to Lutheran General Hospital for Stroke and Neuroscience Medicine. Please send memorial gifts to Advocate Charitable Foundation, 3075 Highland Parkway, Suite 600, Downers Grove, IL 60515 or give online at
Joseph R. Such
  Friday June 23-Saturday June 24
Joseph R. Such, 61, longtime Elk Grove resident; passed away June 20, 2017. He was a 43-year dedicated employee of S&C Electric Co. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Janice for 37 years; loving father of Nick, Danny (Kristen), and Laura-Ashley Such; cherished opa of Anton Joseph Deshida-Such; dear son of the late Henry and the late Anna Such; and fond brother of Frank Such. Loving brother in law of Stanley and Mary Guzik. Devoted uncle of Colleen and Chris Guzik. Loving caretaker of his wonderful dogs Bailey and Fiona. He was always willing to help anyone in need and put his family first. Joe will live forever in our hearts. A visitation will be held Friday, June 23, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Hts. Rd., Elk Grove Village. Funeral Service Saturday, June 24, at 4 p.m. at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, Elk Grove Village. Memorial contributions to Prince of Peace, appreciated.
Grace G. Endres  -  51
  Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Grace G. Endres, 51, of Elk Grove Village for 16 years passed away June 17 at Alexian Bros. Medical Center. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Grace was the loving daughter of the late Wayne Endres and Gaudencia Hughes and step daughter of Richard A. Hughes. She was the dear sister of Linda and Edward Endres. Visitation will be at Grove Memorial Chapel on Wednesday June 21 from 10 AM until the time of service at 1 PM. Please omit flowers.
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