Current Services

Ellen R. Meeks
  Services Private
Ellen R. Meeks (nee Larson), 80, of Elk Grove Village passed away on February 19, 2017 at Alexian Brothers Hospice. Beloved wife of Carl Meeks for 57 years; loving mother of Lori (Chris) Panfil, Julie (Scott) Graham, Barbara (Brian) Griffith, Anne (Phil) Davis; cherished grandmother of Jennifer, Kelly, Victor, Dean, Elizabeth, Cory and Derek; great grandmother of Gavin. Her family meant the world to her. She enjoyed movies, reading, cooking, crossword puzzles, travel, museums and estate sales. Ellen was a long-time Elk Grove Village employee with both the Police and Fire Departments. Private Services will be held at Grove Memorial Chapel. Inurnment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
Edward F. Umbricht
  Mass on Saturday, February 25 at 11:30 a.m.
Edward F. Umbricht, 80, of Elk Grove Village for 50 years, passed away February 20, 2017 at Alexian Brothers Medical Center. He was an usher at St. Julian Eymard Church. Edward was the beloved husband of Genevieve M. (nee Stack) for 55 years; loving father of Steven E. Umbricht, Lynn M. (Brian) Carroll, and Debra A. (Michael) Tenny; dear brother of Russell (Marcy) Umbricht; and cherished grandfather of Christopher, Steven, Kaleigh, Nicholas, and Matthew; dear brother in law, uncle, and loving friend to many. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, February 25, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Julian Eymard Church, 601 Biesterfield Rd., Elk Grove Village. Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hosp., are appreciated. For more info: 847-640-0566 or
Robert W. Burgos
  Friday February 17, 2017
Robert W. Burgos, 85, of Elk Grove Village for 49 years formerly of Detroit, MI.  Born in Detroit he passed away February 13, 2017.  Robert was an Air Force Vet of the Korean War and a salesman for the automotive division at UTC.  Beloved husband of the late LaDonna nee. Myers for 51 years.  Loving father of Roger (Terri) Burgos, Ronald Burgos and Nancy (Paul) Jendrycki; cherished grandfather of Justin, Brandon, Sarah, Mark, Parker, Paige and great grandfather of Bradley, Camden, Lilianna and Avianna.  A private chapel service will be held at the funeral home and interment at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery – Oakbrook Terrace.
Patricia C. Szostak
  Sunday Feb. 19/Monday Feb. 20
Patricia C. Szostak nee Egelski, 65, of Elk Grove Village for 38 years. Patricia passed away Feb. 16, 2017. She was the beloved wife of Jerry Szostak for 40 years; loving mother of Monica (Scott) Obergfell and Peter Szostak; cherished grandmother of Greyson; dear sister of Nancy Senerchia, Jim (Barb) Egelski, Judy (Mike) Mills and sister in law of Sharon (Dan) Fary. Patricia leaves many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation Sunday Feb. 19 from 3-9pm at Grove Memorial Chapel 1199 S. Arlington Hts. Rd. Elk Grove Village. Chapel prayers Monday 9:30am followed by a 10am Mass at Queen of the Rosary Church. Interment St. Michael Cemetery - Palatine. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association
John J. Buffo  -  98
  Thursday, February 16
John J. Buffo, 98, a longtime resident of Elk Grove Village passed away February 14, 2017. “Papa” was an avid Blackhawks and Packers fan who will be remembered for his easygoing personality and gentle smile. He was the beloved husband of the late Anna (nee Cottonaro, 1996) for 57 years; loving father of the late Jennie Lee Stompanato (1988); dear grandfather of Frank (Louise), and Carole Stompanato; cherished great grandfather of Frankie, Sara Stompanato, Monika, Jennifer Ziemann; honorary “Papa” to Sophie and Henry Lichner; and devoted brother of Madeline Berg. Family and friends will gather Thursday, Feb. 16 at St. Julian Eymard Church, 601 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village for 11 a.m. Mass. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Alexian Brothers Hospice Residence are appreciated.
Thomas Lee Szarzynski  -  82
Thomas Lee Szarzynski, 82, a resident of Emerald Village in Schaumburg. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, passed away February 10, 2017. Tom was the beloved husband of the late Patricia (nee Stokes, 2012) for 56 years. Tom and Pat met in the Air Force while serving their country. He was the loving father of Thomas (Annita), Bonnie (Jim) McIsaac, William (Debbie), Mark (Debbie), Paul (Monette), James (Marion), Tara (Jack) Demkovich, David (Christine), and Douglas; and cherished grandfather and great grandfather of many. Visitation Sunday, February 12 from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 4 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alexian Brothers Hospital or Hospice, in memory of Tom, are appreciated.
Penny Schneider
  Friday February 10, 2017
Penny Schneider nee. Schnarr, 88, of Elk Grove Village for 50 years. She was born in Chicago and peacefully passed on Feb. 4, 2017 at Alexian Brothers Hospice Residence after a long battle of COPD and lung cancer. Penny was the beloved wife of the late Richard J. Schneider (2012); loving mother of Gail (Jay) Kloecker and Nancy Henley (Dan Lusk). She leaves behind her beloved grandson Jack Kloecker and grandchildren Adam, Robyn, Jacob and Spencer Henley; dear sister of the late Elvera Redfield and cherished aunt of Cheryl Jansen. Memorial visitation will be Friday Feb. 10 from 10am until the time of service at 11am at Grove Memorial Chapel 1199 S. Arlington Hts. Rd. Elk Grove Village. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Penny's name at
Julia A. Reisel Majkut
Julia A. Majkut nee Cyborn, 98, of Hoffman Estates, former longtime resident of Elk Grove Village died on February 5, 2017. Julia is preceded in death by her beloved husband, the late Herbert Reisel Sr. (1955) and the late Mitchell Majkut (1977); loving mother of Eunice A. (Dr. Raymond A.) Hurm, Dr. Herbert J. (Therese “Terry” M.) Reisel; dear grandmother of the late Julie (Jeff) Tessitore, Suzanne (Brooks) Lewis, Peter Hurm, Kris (Corey) Dugan, Karen (Brad) Kazmer, and Michael H. Reisel; cherished great grandmother of Connor Lewis, Brandon Lewis, Kaitlyn Lewis, Andrew Kazmer, Ryan Dugan, Emily Kazmer, Billy Dugan, Kyle Dugan, Julia Kazmer and Katie Dugan. Visitation Wednesday, February 8, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, with chapel prayers Thursday, 10:30 a.m., proceeding to St. Julian Eymard Church for 11 a.m. Mass. Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove.
Lizandro Alva  -  85
Lizandro Alva, 85, a resident of Schaumburg, formerly of Evergreen Park and Chicago, passed away February 5, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Maria Alva (nee Garcia) for 55 years; the loving father of Santiago (Varvara) Alva, and Maria Alva; dear grandfather of Isolina, Santiago, Inessa and Maximilian Alva, Gabriela and Mitchell Mackiw; and cherished brother of Antonio Alva. Visitation Thursday, February 9 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village with a Chapel service on Friday, February 10, at 10 a.m. proceeding to All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines.
William B. Gregga  -  66
William Blake Gregga (Bill) was a lifelong resident of the Chicago area. He was born in Chicago June 18, 1950; son of George William Gregga and Darlene Rose Rovano. Bill died at home on January 22, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was a proud graduate of Mendel Catholic High School and the University of Illinois in Champaign. He enjoyed a career as a sales engineer in the tooling and manufacturing industry for 35 years and retired due to illness in 2009. He loved music of all styles and collected pens and watches as a hobby. Bill was an active church member throughout his life and enjoyed teaching and participating in Sunday school and small group Bible studies. Bill is survived by Jane Allison Mitchell, his wife of 43 years. Bill was the proud father of three sons and 8 grandchildren: Jason and his wife Sarah with their daughters Isabelle and Sophia of Fairborn, Ohio; Michael and his wife Pamela with their children Cameron, Abigail and Dominic of Jacksonville, North Carolina; James and his wife April with their children William Blake (Blake), Alexander (Xander), and Vivian of Bartlett, Illinois. He leaves behind his beloved brother Gary with his wife Gina and their children Giana and Grant of Homer Glen, Illinois. He will be greatly missed by his loving extended family, friends and neighbors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church 1510 Greenbrook Blvd, Hanover Park, IL 60133 or The Morton Arboretum 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532. Visitation Thursday, January 26, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel with a Chapel Service Friday, at 10 a.m. Interment at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
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