“With firm faith and reliance upon our Supreme Grand Master of the Universe, we trust that we shall meet once again in that abiding place not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

Bro. Kenneth M. Hepler was born on February 7th, 1922 in Streator, IL and entered into rest on July 27th, 2013 in Cameron Park, CA.

A Member of the “Greatest Generation” Bro. Hepler served proudly in the United States Navy serving throughout the Pacific Theater aboard the LST804. He is survived by his loving wife Wanda (70 years), four children, and four grand-children. Bro. Hepler was a member of Sirs, a past president of the Mother Lode Lions Club and a Sojourning Master Mason from Illinois as well as a member of  the Navy League. He was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on September 6th, 1949 in Wheaton Lodge No. 269, Wheaton, Illinois. He was presented his 50 year Service Award by the Wheaton Lodge on August  23rd, 1999 and, at his passing, had been a Master Mason for 63 years.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at 3:00 PM at the Foothills United Methodist Church, 3301 Green Valley Road in  Rescue.

Samuel E. Johnston, 81, of Polo, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2012, at Polo Rehab and Health Care Center.

Samuel was born, December 19, 1930, in Carmi, Illinois, the son of Elmer Johnston and Betty (Warrick) Johnston. On April 17, 1954 in Dahlgren, Illinois, he was united in marriage to Katherine Bennett. Samuel was a York Rite Mason and member of Tebala Shrine in Rockford.

Survivors include: wife Katherine; daughter Paula Mason of Polo; son Dennis (Laura) Johnston of California; 5 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren,
He was preceded in death by his Parents, 6 Brothers, 2 Sisters .

No services are being held.

Joseph J. Bristow, 96, of Galena, Illinois, died Saturday, February 4, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa. He was born on January 5, 1916, in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Joseph and Eva (Lobstein) Bristow. He was united in marriage to his wife of forty-nine years, Jeanette (Rowe) Bristow on October 28, 1942, in Chicago. She preceded him in death in August of 1991. Joe spent his early life in Oak Park and went on to earn his Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois. He served as First Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II until his honorable discharge. In 1948, Joe and his wife moved to LaGrange, Illinois, and raised their two children. Following his wife’s death in 1991, he moved to Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he lived until 2001. In 2001, Joe moved to his farm house in rural Galena where he lived with his friend, Catherine Chambers. She preceded him in death in 2009. Joe enjoyed traveling domestically and abroad, reading, golf, and fishing. He loved the outdoors and took great pleasure in watching the seasons change. He passed his driving test in September of 2011 at the age of 95, an accomplishment of which he was very proud. He was a member of the Galena Bible Church and the Galena Masonic Order. He is survived by his two children, Dean (Jeane) Bristow of Florissant, Missouri, and Jennifer (Bill) Cryan of Virginia Beach, Virginia; six grandchildren, Christopher, Douglas, Robin, Meghan, Lauren and Kevin; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Florence Mansfield and Jeanne (Richard) Ryde. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanette; and a brother, George. Burial will be held at a later date. In keeping with his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

Charles Norman Krewson was born in Williamsport, PA, the son of George Norman and Harriet Cawley Krewson, on November 22, 1927, and died on November 20, 2011. Chuck grew up in Geneva, NY and Philadelphia and served in the US Navy aboard the destroyer, USS Hyman, in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. Following his discharge he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and Beta Alpha Psi, financial honorary. He joined General Electric upon graduation and was an auditor at GE’s gas turbine works in Lynn, MA. Chuck went on to work for GE’s Hotpoint division and became marketing manager for its home laundry division in Louisville. In l971 he moved to the Phoenix area to work for Talley Industries. Chuck was a Vice-President of Talley and President of General Time Company when he retired. After that, his joy was using his extensive business travel experience to design trips to various parts of the world for his wife and family. Chuck was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, a Life Member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee, a member of El Zaribah Shrine and served many years on the board and as president of his homeowner’s association. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia McClellan and son, Douglas. He is survived by Pam, his wife of 58 years; daughter Katherine Melde and sons Charles Jr. (Chad) and Robert; sister, Jeanne Lorenz; twelve grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on December 3rd at 3 pm in the chapel at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. The family suggests memorials be made to the Shriners Hospitals, 3160 Geneva Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020. Arrangements by Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottsdale, AZ.

Charles Edward Schmidt, 84, beloved husband of 58 years to Carole; loving father of Kim (Jim) Rosander, Erica (Alvaro) Esparza, Julie Mategrano (Rick Hunt), Charles Brian (Nancy Marsch), Roxanne (Mark) Roberts and Pamela (Bob Trinco); proud grandfather of 10; great-grandfather of three; brother of the late Ronald D.; son of the late Edward and Mina. Former president of Parker, Schmidt & Tucker Paper Co., Member of Wheaton Lodge #269 AF & AM, Amity Lodge #472 AF & AM, Fox Valley Chapter #265 OES, St. Matthew UCC and Melody Makers Organ Club. Visitation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 3 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 11 to 12 noon at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton, where a Funeral will be held on Thursday at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to IL Rainbow for Girls Grand Charity, MCCD Charles Schmidt, c/o 304 S. Amos, Springfield, IL 62704. Info and guestbook at hultgrenfh.com or 630-668-0027.

A memorial service for Eugene August Diemand, of Wheaton, will be held on Friday, May 6 at 12:00 noon at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St. in Wheaton. Friends may visit with the family from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

He was born in York PA and raised in Palmyra, NJ. During WWII, immediately after high school graduation, he signed up to join the US Air Force and in 1943 he graduated from the USAAF cadet-training program and was a pilot in the Pacific Theater. He was part of the Japan Occupation Force and was stationed there for a period after the war as a civil administrator. Upon his return he attended the Charles Morris Price School of Advertising in Philadelphia. He returned to active duty from 1951 to 1953 as a fighter pilot, he also trained other pilots during the Korean conflict and Vietnam war.

He remained with the Illinois Nation Guard until 1973 and attended the Air Command and Staff College, retiring as a Lt. Colonel and Command Pilot. While in the Illinois Nation Guard he worked in the insurance industry. He became the Advertising Manager for Marsh & Mclennan in Chicago. In 1973 he founded Diemand Printing Co. Eugene was a long time Wheaton resident and was well known for his efforts to limit certain types of commercial development and road signage in Wheaton. He was a member of Retired Officers Assn., President of ENG Silver Circle Assn. Air Force Assn. and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Wheaton, Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago. He was a member of St Paul Lutheran Church in Wheaton and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Seminole FL. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed the game year round in Wheaton and his home in Seminole FL.

He died in his home on Monday, May 2 after a long fight with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth, nee Maute. His sons, Kim (Jan), Jeffrey (Lori), Steven, Christopher (Cindy) and grand children, Megan (Daniel) Blessing, Michael, Andrew, Christopher JR, Steven and Dakota Diemand.

Raymond E. Bennett, age 71, a resident of Glen Ellyn, IL, and a former longtime resident of Wheaton, IL, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL. He was born September 22, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois.

Ray went to Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, IL. He was one of the founders of the Briarcliffe Youth Baseball League. He owned his own business for 25 years. He was a 25 year Mason and had served as the Past Master at both the Wheaton Lodge 269 and the Glen Ellyn Lodge 950. He was very involved in the Boy Scouts of America. He was the Scoutmaster at Troop 35 at Gary United Methodist Church, and also very involved at Troop 23 at First Presbyterian Church in Wheaton. He volunteered with the American Red Cross. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; his three sons, Raymond E. (Kathryn) Bennett Jr. of Geneva, IL, W. Kendrick (Tracy) Bennett of Aurora, IL, and Matthew (Gabriela) Bennett of Winfield, IL; and five grandchildren, Mitchell and Mackenzie, Rachel, and Paige and Kyle.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until the time of a funeral to be held at 7:00 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., in Wheaton. Interment will be private at Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Parker Brinkman a resident of West Chicago Parker Brinkman was born March 22, 1934, in Elmhurst, and passed away Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Parker was a member of the Wheaton Masonic Lodge. He was the beloved husband of the late Judith; loving father of Thomas (Rita) Brinkman and Jill (Christopher) Westphal; beloved son of the late Ruth and Walter; proud grandfather of Cameron and Jocelyn; loving friend of Brigitte Notter; dear brother of Preston (Elaine) and Richard (Maureen) Brinkman; and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Donations to the following charities would be appreciated, the American Cancer Society 225 N. Michigan Ave., #1210, Chicago, IL 60601, Ronald McDonald Charities, 1900 Spring Road, Suite 310, Oak Brook, IL 60523 or the American Heart Association , 208 S. LaSalle St., #1500, Chicago, IL 60604. Services to be planned for a later date. Arrangements were made by DuPage Cremations, Ltd. and Memorial Chapel.

Arthur Raymond Rakosnik, age 72, a resident of Wheaton, IL for many years, died Saturday, October 16, 2010 at home. He was born November 6, 1937 in Moline, IL.

Art was a member of Wheaton Masonic Lodge #269, and a longtime member of Gary United Methodist Church. He loved to golf, fish, vacation with his family, taught Sunday School, drove the church bus for Outreach Community Ministries, was a Boy Scout and a Boy Scout leader and trainer. He earned his Eagle Scout when he was only 13 years old.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carolyn; his sons, Arthur, and David (Esmerelda); his five grandchildren, Dustin (Melissa), Chelsea, Danielle, Joshua, and Sean Rakosnik; his brother, William (Barbara); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Rose Rakosnik.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., in Wheaton. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 21, at 10:00 A.M. at Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL 60187. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the church, or to the charity of your choice.

Irving Walter Woolf Jr. longtime resident of the Wheaton area. The memorial service for Irving Walter Woolf Jr., 85, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main St., Wheaton. Interment will follow in Wheaton Cemetery. Memorial visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton. Born March 19, 1924, in Chicago, he died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the Wynscape Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wheaton. He graduated from Hyde Park High School and attended Illinois Institute of Technology before enlisting in the Army during World War II. He served in the Army Air Corps stationed in Warrington, England, where he met and married Ethel Churm. He returned to Chicago to work with his father in the advertising business. He developed the business and was one of the pioneers of the “Chicago School of Promotional Marketing” in the 1960’s and 70’s. In 1990, he retired and pursued his passions including travel, golf, fine dining, photography, and playing bridge and gin rummy. He was devoted to his family. He was a member of Glen Oak Country Club, past master of the Wheaton Masonic Lodge, and lifetime member of the Shriners and Medinah Temple. He was also a member of the Chicago Advertising Association. He is survived by three sons, Dr. Irving A. (Elsie) Woolf of Maple Grove, Minn., Dr. Alan (Linda) Woolf of Melrose, Mass. and Paul (Rebecca) Woolf of Oak Ridge, N.C.; son-in-law, Robert Hazen of Naperville, 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Patsy Fridstein; brother-in-law, Arthur (Barbara) Churm; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ethel, and one daughter, Janice Hazen.


James E. Nystedt, age 63, died at Central Du Page Hospital Friday, May 16. He was born June 25, 1944 in Milaca, MN. Jim spent all his adult life promoting his Swedish heritage and culture. He was Past Master of Wheaton Lodge #269, Past President of Du Page Shrine Club, Past District Master of Vasa Order of America Lake Michigan District No. 8 and past board member of Scandinavian Park Inc. LLC (Vasa Park). He was also a member of Scottish Rite Valley of Freeport and Medinah Shrine Valley of Chicago. Jim was an active participant in all the organizations for the betterment of community and mankind. In addition to his community and philanthropic commitments, he was the doting “Papa” of his grandchildren and would drop everything for their desires. He will be sorely missed by family and friends. Jim is survived by his wife of 40 years, MaryJean, nee Pashek; sons, Mitchell (Wendy) Nystedt, of Morris, IL and Matthew Nystedt (fiance’ Ellen) of Gurnee, IL; and his grandchildren, Haley, Molly, and Trevor Nystedt, of Morris, IL. He is also survived by sister, Sylvia (Glenn) Baldwin of Downers Grove, IL and brothers, Roger (Barbara) Nystedt of Acworth, GA, Charles Nystedt of Lisle, IL, Philip (Theresa) Nystedt of Bloomington, IL, Kevin Nystedt of Plainfield, IL and Keith (Sue) Nystedt of Naperville, IL; special cousin Betty (Harold) House of Princeton, MN; and aunt Doris (Kendall) Lehman of Minneapolis, MN. He was preceded in death by parents, Vernon & Margaret, nee Blixt, Nystedt Filipello. A memorial visitation and service will be held Wednesday, May 21st, from 4-9 PM at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N Main Street, Wheaton, IL. A Masonic Service will begin at 7 PM followed by the funeral service, officiated by Pastor Jeff Chubb. Memorials are to be sent to Vasa National Archives, Bishop Hill, IL or Scandinavian Park Inc. LLC, 7011 Sierra Ct, Darien, IL 60561.