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In Memory of Our Friends -- You Will Always Be in Our Hearts

 
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John Aiston

- - 1990

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Bill Anderson

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Eileen Babock (DeLauer)

- - May 16th, 2002

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Thomas "Mike" Barrett

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Lynne Bergmark (Lafaye)

- - 2014

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George Blauvelt

- - May 2nd, 2011

George M. Blauvelt, 62, of Wisconsin Rapids, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at his home.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. William Menzel will officiate. Burial will be at Pioneer Cemetery in the town of Saratoga.
 
George was born April 4, 1949, in Portsmouth, Va., to George D. and Catherine (Lee) Blauvelt. George was an attorney in Menomonie for the past 20 years. Prior to being an attorney he worked six years in manufacturing and two years teaching in high school.
 
George is survived by his father, George D. Blauvelt, of Wisconsin Rapids. He is predeceased by his mother, Catherine; and brother, Ralph L., who died in Vietnam.
 
Higgins Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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Michael Blockus

- - December 3rd, 2006

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Gerry Carper

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From Harold Benson on December 5th, 2016
Gerry.........the loyal, patient, strong silent friend, on and off the court and in my mind forever.
 
From Jonathan Neumark on May 15th, 2017
Gerry Carper was the new boy from Knoxville, Iowa who joined our Red Oak fifth-grade class, and it was instantly obvious that he was a superior athlete and leader in every sport. As the oldest child in a large family he no doubt understood the teamwork it took to get through each day and that everyone was equal and deserved respect. Thus he had no inclination to boast or bully. Classmates for five years, including senior math at DHS, I saw the disciplined daily effort he put into his academics. From his educator father he understood that proper concentration on his classwork was the priority that would permit him to pursue athletics to a high level: three-sport DHS star and varsity football at Illinois State.
 

Phil Coomes

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From Jonathan Neumark on May 28th, 2017
If I were asked to name a most memorable classmate from any single class at DHS, it would probably be Phil Coomes due to our having been each other's sole support system in freshman P.E. during the swimming unit, as we were the only non-swimmers in swimming fanatic (and head coach) Mr. Smith's class. Our survival strategy was to remain as inconspicuous as possible in a corner of the shallow end, pretending to be engrossed in our floating and kicking exercises. Having each other to talk to kept that phase of the class (which felt like an eternity) from being unbearable for us. Phil was a sincere, very good guy; and I was saddened to learn that he had passed away at such a young age.
 

Sandy Crocoll (Lehre)

- - December 1st, 1993

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From Iris Morgan on February 22nd, 2017
Linda and I took our first plane trip with Sandy and had a wonderful time in New York. She was a special friend and we miss her. What fun we used to have! May she rest in peace and continue to smile.
 

John Cudmore

- - August 18th, 2003

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Chuck deRivera

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Charles Eddy

- - December 30th, 1995

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Chuck Fahler (Taylor)

- - May 23rd, 2009

Charles N. Taylor, 59, of Deerfield, passed away May 23, 2009; beloved son of the late Charles and Dacia Fahler; dear brother of Lola Fahler. Mr. Taylor graduated from Northwestern University with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 28 from 10 a.m. until the time of Funeral Service at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, 824 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, IL.

Interment Vernon Township Cemetery, Lincolnshire, IL. Donations may be made to the University of Chicago Medical Center, Office of Development, 5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 1115, Chicago, IL 60637.

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Dan Field

- - January 27th, 2014

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From Jonathan Neumark on May 11th, 2017
Dan Field was an impressive classmate in senior Economics/Sociology at DHS. His probing questions challenged the teachers; but given that he later attained the office of Lake County Special Assistant State's Attorney, in retrospect it all made sense. Our paths later crossed as postgraduates (he was in law school) at the U of I downstate when we briefly resided in the same off-campus apartment building. Then, as further coincidence would have it, 25 to 30 years later I got to know him again: as his two honor-student daughters' French teacher at Lake Forest HS. His sudden passing in early 2014 left a terrible void for his adoring family, his friends and colleagues. He will be greatly missed at this reunion.
 

Sharon Gauwitz (Babcock)

- - September 15th, 2002

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From Judy Mackall on March 20th, 2017
Sharon was one of the first people I met when I came to DHS in '65. She was very kind to me. I will miss her. May she rest in peace.
 

Bonita Gehrke

- - 2016

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Joanne Goulka

- - February 11th, 2017

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Kevin Gourley

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Judy Hamilton

- - December 30th, 2011

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Patty Heck (Comber)

- - April 3rd, 2012

Patricia H. Comber, age 62, of Malvern, PA passed away at home on Monday, April 23, 2012 from ovarian cancer.

Patty is survived by her husband of 30 years, Bernard E. Comber, MD; her son, Heath D. Magsig (Priscilla); step-children, Bernard E. Comber, Jr. (Marie), John T. Comber (Amy) Lisa Comber Hall (John), Peter J. Comber (Paula) and was Grandmom to Annie, Jack, Erica, Chase, Emily, Casey, Skyler, Natalie, Sydney, Quinn, Alexa, Riley, Chris, Devon, Matt and Katie. She is the daughter of the late Daniel C. Heck and is also survived by her mother, Jeanne A. Heck of Hazelhurst, WI; brothers, Daniel C. Heck, Jr. (Peggy), James C. Heck (Kathleen), nieces Elizabeth and Sarah and nephews Brad, Bill and Tim.

Born in Chicago, IL, Patty graduated from the University of Southern Illinois and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (where she obtained her Masters in Divinity).

She worked at Westminster Theological Seminary for eighteen (18) years, serving the last of those eight (8) years as the Dean of Women and International Students.

Patty also was the Executive Director of Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center in Bryn Mawr until she was forced to retire due to her illness.

Patty was always ready for adventures (traveling, sailing and flying) with her husband Bern and loved spending time making memories with her family and friends in Ocean City, NJ.

The family extends heartfelt gratitude to all of the nurses and aids and to all of Patty's friends and neighbors who helped throughout her illness.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Patty's memory can be made to a scholarship fund that has been established in her name as follows: The Patricia Comber Scholarship Fund, Westminster Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 27009, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

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Donald Hertel

- - January 29th, 2010

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Leonard Jensky

- - April 19th, 2010

Leonard Jensky, 60, cherished father of Heather and Shayna Jensky; beloved son of Estelle Plous and the late Seymour Jensky; loving brother of Madelyn Miller; dear friend of many. Len never heard a joke he didn't laugh at and never met a person he didn't like. His outgoing personality and contagious smile made everyone his friend.

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From Harold Benson on December 5th, 2016
Lenny always put a smile on my face, and was a magnet of friendship. He was easy on the eyes, mind and heart. May he rest in peace.
 
From Jonathan Neumark on May 20th, 2017

As we read above, the passing of Len Jensky was a major loss for his family and others who knew him. I experienced the sad news with a jolt of distress to the spirit, trying to grapple with the reality that he was the first of the Woodridge neighborhood/West Ridge School friends I grew up with (from Cub Scouts to college) to depart this world. He was a selfless, sincere and good-natured guy (and one who was good with gadgets and gizmos) from a warm and caring family. He will definitely be missed at this 50-year reunion celebration (54 since we ventured forth from Red Oak).

 

Cathy Kelly (Kambs)

- - April 23rd, 2006

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From Iris Morgan on February 22nd, 2017
Cathy was a beautiful soul who brought happiness to everyone. It was an honor to have been her friend. May she rest in peace with the other angels.
 

Mark Kienegger

- - November 24th, 2012

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Don LaBuda

- - December 2nd, 2000

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Susan LeBrun (Seacrist)

- - December 4th, 1997

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From Iris Morgan on February 22nd, 2017
Sue was a special angel and always had a smile on her face. Linda and I always enjoyed our friendship with her. We miss her dearly.
 

Jeffrey Lloyd

- - 2014

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Mike Maday

- - June 6th, 1994

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Bill Milligan

- - January 3rd, 2012

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From Jonathan Neumark on May 17th, 2017
To this day any mention of the Philadelphia Phillies makes me think of Bill Milligan, the only Phillies fan I have ever known. Our junior high science fair project may have flopped, but that didn't faze us, due to the fun we had with it. A welcome familiar face in fourth-period freshman algebra the first day at DHS, we went to lunch together, met up with Mark Verbofsky, and we became the three lunch musketeers, sitting together every day the entire school year. Sadly, they are both gone, so we can never reminisce about how skilled at matchbox football we became. Bill was an unpretentious, easy-going, comfortable-in-his-own-skin sort of guy whom I would expect always remained that way.
 

George Moore

- - November 24th, 2012

MOORE, George
Nov 16, 1949 – Nov 24, 2012

Pastor George Moore lived his life "on a journey with the living Christ"- and he continues on this journey in eternity. He was a tender and loving husband, father, friend and shepherd. He served faithfully on Young Life Staff in Indianapolis for 15 years, as an associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs for 6 years and as the senior pastor of West Hills Church in Omaha for the past 18 years.

His passion was to know Jesus and make Him known throughout the world, and he worked faithfully with pastors throughout the city to bring God's Kingdom to Omaha. He was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Caroline and is survived by wife, Pam; children: Joshua (Cookie), Zachary and Emily; grandchildren, Ayahna and Christian; brothers, Robert "Bobby" (Lynn) and Thomas "Chip" (Sally).

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Lon Murgaw

- - June 17th, 2014

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Barbara Nathan

- - March 8th, 1968

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From Iris Morgan on February 22nd, 2017
Linda and I miss sweet Barb. Our times at Red Oak were special because she was there. May she rest in peace with all the angels.
 

Burr Nelson

- - April 16th, 2016

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Burr Nelson, 66, passed away at home on Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Bement, Illinois. Burr was born in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Clyde Nelson and Jeanne (Burrows) Nelson. 

Burr grew up in Lincolnshire and Deerfield, Illinois. He graduated in 1972 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Math, Music and Computer Science. He went on to work at the University in the Departments of Physiology and Biophysics and the GIS lab for over 25 years. In 2001, he joined Kestrel Technologies, his wife’s web development and IT company, as computer programmer and system administrator, where he worked for the next 14 years.

Two of his great loves were playing and listening to piano music, and playing chess over the Internet with partners throughout the word. He was a voracious reader, an accomplished photographer and a world traveler. 

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Dahms; his sister, Kim Soskin (Skip) of San Francisco; his mother-in-law, three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, nine nieces and nephews and his favorite dog. 

A private family remembrance will be scheduled at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Piatt County Animal Shelter in Monticello, or Homeward Bound Pet Shelter in Decatur, Illinois.

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Mary Nickelsen

- - September 26th, 2003

Mary Kathleen "Nicki" Nickelson, 54, of San Diego died Friday. She was born in Deerfield, Ill, and was a registered nurse at Alvarado Hospital. Survivors include her mother, Bertha Nickelsen of San Diego; and a brother, James Nickelsen of Berkeley.

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Linda Olsen

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Allen Olson

- - February 20th, 1969

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From James Robinson on December 5th, 2016
Allen was in my home room in the metal shop. In the early 70's I heard of his death in Viet Nam. I've visited the V.N. Memorial in DC and paid tribute. I'm so sorry.
 
From Jonathan Neumark on May 10th, 2017

Like James Robinson, I was also in Mr. Chamberlain's metal shop "session" (homeroom) with Allen Olson and am only now, from his tribute, learning about the venue of Allen's death. That it happened 48 years ago makes it no less shocking and difficult to reckon with. Allen was a great guy as a classmate and a most admirable man.

 

Barbara Pasiuk

- - September 28th, 1967

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Terry Phelan

- - January 23rd, 2005

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From Jonathan Neumark on May 10th, 2017

My best Mr. Chamberlain's "session" pal for four years. An intelligent, rational, sympathetic, open-minded and tolerant guy - and a great listener. Not a day went by during high school that we didn't talk - no more so than senior year at lunch. We discussed a lot of issues concerning the future, as well as about so many of the ongoing absurdities at that high school, the subject of a good deal of our humorous observations. He will be greatly missed at this 50th reunion.

 

John Pickles

- - November 23rd, 2016

John Frederick Pickles 
(May 18, 1949 - November 23, 2016) 
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Mr. John F. Pickles III, age 67 of Marble Hill, passed away Wednesday November 23, 2016 at Season's Hospice in Cumming.

Mr. Pickles is survived by his daughter: Christina and Joel Perez of Sunrise, FL; wife: Statia of Marble Hill; ex-wife: Cathy Pickles of Tamarac, FL; sisters: Pamela, Susan, and Lois; and grandchildren: Marsel, Adrian, and Drew of Sunrise, FL.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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Mike Reilly

- - May 25th, 2017

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Steve Rentscher

- - March 9th, 2007

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Terry Schessler

- - August 23rd, 2012

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From Iris Morgan on February 22nd, 2017
Three or four sets of twins were honored by having their photos taken for the Deerprints newspaper. We remember reporting to the DHS library and seeing other lookalikes. It was a little embarrassing, but we are glad someone decided to take this picture. Our only regret is that we didn't get to brainstorm with Lerry and Terry about being twins. May Terry rest in peace.
 

John Sebben

- - December 24th, 2011

Sebben, John A. Age 62, resident of El Dorado, Kansas, previous long-time resident of Deerfield, Illinois, passed away due to congestive heart failure on Saturday, December 24, 2011, at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. John was a retired Deerfield Police deputy chief, beginning his career as a patrolman and serving over 30 years. He grew up in Deerfield and attended Deerfield High School, where he excelled on the varsity football team. In his spare time he enjoyed remodeling his home, visiting his children, and taking road trips to Arizona. John is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sue; children Kaitlin, Kortney, and Gregory; mother Phyllis; brothers Jim and Richard; and his sister Suzie. There will be no services in keeping with the wishes of the deceased. John will be remembered by all for his great sense of humor and knack for giving advice when it was most needed.

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Ronald Silverman

- - January 30th, 2002

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Susan Springer (Beakey)

- - June 2nd, 1997

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Mark Tait

- - January 27th, 2008

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Ronald Thompson

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Virginia "Ginny" Ullmann (Shally)

- - January 10th, 1990

Virginia L. Shally, age 40, of Buffalo Grove, loving wife of Michael E.; dearest mother of Michael D II; dear daughter of Gunther H.W. and Trudy N. Larson Ullmann and fond sister of Ken (Nancy) Ullmann and Diane (Art) Sandy. Funeral 11 am. Saturday, at Skokie Valley Baptist Church, 1050 Skokie Blvd., Wilmette, IL. Will lie in state at church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment Mount Emblem Cemetery.

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Mark Verbofsky

- - July 1st, 1989

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From Jonathan Neumark on May 17th, 2017
One of the three fifth-period freshman lunch musketeers, along with Bill Milligan and me, who sat together every day that school year [See my tribute to Bill], Mark had a tremendous interest in cars; but given that we hadn't even had driver ed yet, I couldn't have imagined he would go on to become a professional racecar driver. Unfortunately it was in this capacity - although he was doing what he loved - that he died at 39 during a qualifying race at Riverside (CA) International Raceway (which permanently ceased operations the following day). A really good guy - and an adventurous one - with skill and fortitude, who will always be missed. 
 

Julie Weithorn

- - February 22nd, 2016

From Julie’s mother, Virginia Weithorn McCrary:
 
Julie Weithorn – Class of 1967
After graduating from DHS, Julie earned a B.A. degree from Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. She later received a Master’s in Math from SIU, Carbondale, IL.
 
Julie retired in 2003 after teaching math for 35 years at Trico H.S. in Campbell Hills, IL. She was yearbook sponsor for 5 years, then sold tickets to all Basketball and Volleyball games for 30 years. The Athletic Department honored her with a plaque in the trophy case.
 
Julie was in Math Organizations and presented programs at many Local, State, and District meetings. She participated as a delegate at a Math Conference in Moscow, Russia and was selected to join a group of math teachers to tour Japanese schools.
 
Julie loved teaching and her students. As per her wishes, all memorial contributions, together with her personal funds, a $1,000 yearly scholarship has been set up for a needy Trico student.

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Dave Winkelman

- - December 9th, 2013

David Alan Winkelman, b. Aug. 6, 1949, d. Dec. 9, 2013. Beloved husband of Barbara, neé Madenberg, loving father of Eric (Kathy) and Jordan (girlfriend Tamara Berkover), beloved grandfather of Brandon and Emma. Dear son of Howard and Billie Winkelman, brother to Janyce Hustwit (Bill) and John Winkelman (Barbara), fond uncle of Sarah Bates (Steve). David's friends and "godchildren" are legion!

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From Harold Benson on December 5th, 2016
Dave,

Stay as spunky as you are up there in heaven, and have peace, only peace.
 
From Linda Wallace on December 6th, 2016
David was my first boyfriend, although I'm not sure he knew it! We reestablished our friendship upon my return to Highland Park after Hurricane Katrina. I am grateful that I got to know David for several years before his passing. He was quite a guy and is missed by many.  
 
From Jonathan Neumark on May 15th, 2017
David Winkelman, who grew up on the next block from me (on good old Sumac Road in HP), was a fascinating individual: an outside-the-box thinker who was anything but predictable during the years that I knew him (third grade through early college). He was definitely drawn to fun and excitement, but when he put his mind on his studies he had star potential. I witnessed this firsthand senior year when we were study partners in Mr. Bruhn's European History class. Dave was determined to get into the U of I in Urbana and made an astounding late surge to get accepted. I had always suspected he possessed this sort of academic ability, and I was happy to see it realized at close range.