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Ashley Lauren Krause
Ashley Lauren Krause
Class of 2014
Passed Aug 20, 2017
Ashley Lauren Krause, 21, of Villa Park, IL. passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017. She was born in Winfield, Illinois on May 17, 1996 to Mark and Lisa Krause. Ashley was taken from us far too soon. She was a remarkable daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. Her actions defined who she was and who she was becoming: a 2014 Willowbrook High School graduate who competed in Cross Country and Track, played the flute in band and participated in Yearbook club; a graduate of the Illinois Center for Broadcasting; and an intern for WKSC (KISS FM) radio station where she rubbed elbows with A-list celebrities including Ryan Seacrest and 5 Seconds of Summer. She continued pursuing her degree in mass communication at the College of DuPage and proudly ran as a Chaparral on both the Cross Country and Track teams, and later studied at Illinois State University. Some of her biggest loves were her family, her two dogs Bear and Madison, and all things Chicago, especially the Chicago Cubs! While growing up, some of Ashley’s favorite memories included camping with the family, baking and gardening with Grandma, fishing with her Grandpas, family reunions in Nebraska and running races with Mom and Dad. She is survived by her parents, brother Joshua, Grandpa Robert Nickel and a loving family of aunts, uncles and cousins. Ashley was welcomed into heaven by her Grandma Nickel, Nana Malanowski, Grandpa Krause and her childhood dog Jordan.
Barbara Church
Barbara Church
Class of 1975
Passed Jul 24, 2010
Barb's obituary from Salem, Oregon site:
Barbara Carol Church
May 28, 1957 – July 24, 2010
SUBLIMITY – With her family by her side, Barbara Carol Church passed away on July 24, 2010 after a two-year battle with cancer. Born on May 28, 1957, to Joseph and Cordelia Weber, she grew up one of eight children in Villa Park, Illinois. Upon graduation from Willowbrook High School in 1975, she enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was the first woman from the post in Ft. Riley, Kansas to be accepted by West Point Preparatory School. While serving in the military, she met and married Thomas Church on August 25, 1977. At the end of their military service, the couple relocated to the Salem area. They began a family with the birth of their daughter, Laura in 1983. Their son, Andrew was born in 1986. A loving, supportive, and extremely proud parent, Barbara enjoyed motherhood and always involved herself in her children’s academic and extracurricular activities. She was Leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, and was always very supportive of her daughter’s participation in the Corvallis Youth Symphony. Barbara also volunteered as scorekeeper for her son’s basketball team, the Regis Rams, from 2002 to 2005, and enjoyed her travels to the OSAA playoffs in Pendleton, Oregon. She continued scorekeeping for the boy’s and then girl’s basketball teams through 2010. Also active in fundraising for Regis High School, Barbara chaired the Regis Green & Gold Auction in 2003. Her family remembers the pleasure she took in collecting stamps and coins, and her love for knitting and reading, which she enjoyed sharing with others.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Thomas Church; her two children, Laura Church and Andrew Church; along with her mother, Cordelia Weber; her five sisters, Ginny Aldag, Terry Mukukenow, Dorothy Brush, Janet Hayden, and Mary Jo Schoonover; and her two brothers, Carl Weber and Paul Weber. Barbara’s family would like to express their gratitude for the kind and generous support from so many of her close friends, as well as the nurses from Odyssey Hospice.
A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 28th at Immaculate Conception Church in Stayton. A Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m., the following day, Thursday, July 29th at Immaculate Conception Church, following with a gravesite service for family and friends. The family invites members of the community who knew Barbara to a celebration of her life beginning at 3:30 p.m., July 29th, to be held at St. Anthony’s Hall in Sublimity, Oregon.
Barbara Potym
Barbara Potym
Class of 1972
Passed Apr 28, 2002
Barbara Potym Makarevich (married to Gene Makarevich, another WB alum) passed away in 2002. Barb was a superb flutist and former member of the Univ. of Illinois Symphonic Band. She was admired by the local youth of the Mecklenberg county, NC (Statesville) where she was a community leader in numerous student development programs and initiatives.
Becky Kraegel
Becky Kraegel
Class of 1971
Passed Apr 12, 2012
Brust Funeral Home announcement on Becky:

Becky L. Moscatello nee Kraegel, age 58, suddenly of Carol Stream, died April 12 at Central DuPage Hospital.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 18, from 8AM until 10AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St. Lombard.
Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Northlake.
Mrs. Moscatello will be lying-in-state Wednesday from 10:30AM until time of service 11:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, York Center, Roosevelt & Meyers Rd, Lombard.
Mrs. Moscatello is survived by two daughters, Nikki (Timothy) Durrant of Carol Stream and Beth Moscatello of Lombard; a son, Sam of Lombard; four grandchildren, Angelina Moscatello of Lombard, Keyana Moscatello of Lombard, Isabella Durrant of Carol Stream, Lucas Durrant of Carol Stream; her parents, Howard & Doris Kraegel of Villa Park; a brother, Timothy (Janene) of Lakeville, IN., two sisters, Terry (Steve) Pederson of Villa Park and Beth Kraegel of Villa Park; dear friend of Keith Malott of Carol Stream; many nieces and nephews and other relatives, and her former husband Charles Moscatello.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church, York Center would be appreciated.
Mrs. Moscatello was born in Elmhurst. She grew up in Villa Park. She graduated from Trinity Lutheran School York Center in 1967 and Willowbrook High School in 1971. She attended the College of DuPage. She was a Chef at St. Paul Christian Day Care, Villa Park. She loved gardening, reading, music and playing with her grandchildren. She was a former Librarian at Trinity Lutheran School from 1996 until 2006. She resided in Carol Stream since 2006. Prior to that her entire life was in Villa Park and Lombard area.
Bernard C. Hollister
Bernard C. Hollister
Passed Nov 25, 2000
Award-winning, IEA and IMSA acclaimed WB history and social science teacher Bernard (Bernie) Hollister passed away at age 62.
A dedication from the the IMSA wesbite:
In 1963, Mr. Hollister began his career teaching at Willowbrook High School. In 1985, he was named as an Illinois Master Teacher. Bernie was a charter faculty member in 1986 in the Social Science and History Team at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

He was the author of four books, more than thirty articles in educational magazines, newsletters, and journals, and contributed chapters or selected sections to several high school and college textbooks. Bernie was a frequent presenter and speaker at educational conferences and workshops throughout the U.S., focusing on problem-based learning and the use of computers to enhance history instruction. He was a regular contributor to the journal "Media and Methods." Chicago Tribune readers often read his work in the "Tempo" section describing historic sites of interest, famous events, local cemeteries, and prominent former citizens.
Brad Dean Carlson
Brad Dean Carlson
Class of 1971
Passed Jun 10, 2013
Brad Dean Carlson, 59, peacefully passed away Monday June 10, 2013 at Knapp Haven Nursing Home in Chetek. He was born November 5, 1953 in Harvey, Illinois, the son of Robert E. and Janet L. (Dunham) Carlson.

He graduated from Willowbrook High School in 1971, Villa Park, Illinois. Attended U.W. Stout 1982-1983. After moving to Chetek, Brad was a semi-truck driver for most of his career, not only self-employed but also employed by various companies. He was the former owner/operator of the White Birch Restaurant and assisted in the operations of Red Lodge Resort in Chetek for many years. Brad loved to travel, hunt, fish, listen to country music and ride his Harley.

Brad is survived by his Mother Janet Carlson of Chetek; Sister, Beth (Robert) Unbehaun of Chetek; Brother, Kevin (Mary Jo) Carlson of Chetek; Aunt, Sandra (Charles) Hamm of Dallas, TX, also survived by one niece, nephews and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 A.M., Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Chetek United Methodist Church, 300 Stout St. Pastor Carrie Hamm officiating.
Brian Fremling
Brian Fremling
Class of 1978
Passed Apr 27, 2017
(no additional information)
Brian Wright
Brian Wright
Class of 2001
Passed Oct 13, 2002
Brian Wright
Brian A. Wright, 19, of Villa Park, died Sunday, Oct. 13, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
Visitation is today, Oct. 16, at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, with prayers from the funeral home to Mass at St. Alexander Catholic Church in Villa Park. Interment is private.
Brian was the son of Linda and Harold; boyfriend of Sharon Eliason; brother of Adam and Colin; grandson of Jack and Pat Willer; and nephew of Jeff Wright, Jennifer Hallet, Gary, Chuck and Julie Bach, and Vicki Gibbons. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Marie Bach.
Brian was an honor student at Willowbrook High School and graduated in 2001. He was currently a sophomore at Illinois Wesleyan College.
Memorials to Gift of Hope, 660 N. Industrial Drive, Elmhurst, IL 60126 would be appreciated.
Calvin Bunge
Calvin Bunge
Class of 1971
Passed Dec 09, 1977
Calvin always had a smile on his face and a head chock full of ideas and dreams that he wanted to achieve in life. Tragically, he passed away in a December 1977 car accident. His vehicle slipped on an icy bridge and plunged into the Sag Canal (Des Plaines River) off State Rt. 83.
He was a loyal and good friend during our childhood days growing up in Oakbrook Terrace.
Carol Drennan
Carol Drennan
Passed Nov 12, 2006
From Dupage County records, Carol's summary obituary:
Carol Drennan

Carol Frieden Drennan, 53, of Lombard, died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 3, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 135 W. Maple St., Lombard.

Mrs. Drennan was a longtime resident of Lombard and was the former Willowbrook High School theater director and an English teacher.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Lupus Foundation of America, P.O. Box 631047, Baltimore, MD 21263-1047, or e-mail donate@lupus.org would be appreciated.
Charlie Prazma
Charlie Prazma
Class of 1971
Passed Jan 06, 2012
Link to Charlie's obituary, an Illinois State University graduate, on Legacy.com:

Some excerpts of 77 contributions made by others on Legacy:
January 09, 2012
We are so saddened to hear about the passing of our friend Charlie. We were honored to meet Charlie about 4 years ago, through Lynn Dowiarz. Charlie agreed to come to the Deicke Home and play some music for everyone who lives here. Well, Charlie did that several times, but what he brought us was much, much more. Charlie brought his humor, enthusiasm, and excitemnt for music and people. Whether it be his "jokes" or wearing bad wigs, he brought joy to everyone who came in contact with him. What a wonderful person. Charlie and his Belle Music Partner, Sue, also volunteered to play music at our last 3 annual Deicke Home Walk a thons. Charlie will be missed by all the staff and residents of the Deicke Home.
God bless you.
Bruce Thompson,
Lombard, Illinois

January 8, 2012
Charlie was always so much fun to play music with! What a talented guy. His sense of humor was not just with jokes but using his wit with dealing with serious situations, too. There was another side of him that makes me smile the most - during the break on a gig, he phoned his son about his hockey game. That was the only time that I saw Charlie being serious - he seriously loved his kids. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Take care. Jennifer Silk - Elgin, IL

January 08, 2012
This is so unexpected and sudden that it is difficult to process the loss of Charlie Prazma. He was always ready to engage in conversation; he always had a story or a joke to tell. He was definitely a people person. Charlie knew more people, from every walk of life than anyone I have ever known. He had that natural quality that great politicians possess. He was approachable and engaging. Charlie was an outgoing, gregarious man who was both shy and present at the same time. You could describe him as a loveable, intensely loyal, committed, tenacious and persistent person. Charlie was a devoted Father. Then there was the musical side of Charlie Prazma.

He liked to perform but he loved to record. Crystall Recorders is the monument to Charlie Prazma. A lot of great performers, engineers and producers created a lot of great tracks for many different purposes. From on-site live meeting recordings of highly technical subject matter to novelty songs for sports teams and cutting demos for most all the top Chicago working bands, he did it all. We recorded the Big Bear Band version of the Chicago Bear March in 1986 at Crystall Recorders. That began a twenty-two year business relationship and personal friendship.

As a performer, he was very, very talented. He played guitar and mandolin. In his later years, his calendar of performing dates was filled with eclectic and varied performances. From hospital gigs and ceremonies to playing in restaurants and nightclubs with his musical partner of over 30 years, Dennis O'Brien; or jobbing with Franz Bentler When he sang a song, it was with conviction and most importantly to him, in-tune. He was a stickler for the correct harmonies and ownership of parts.

We have lost one-of-kind. He was a once in lifetime kind of guy. His loss cannot be replaced. God speed Charlie, I can not believe you are gone, you will be deeply missed! My life is better for having known you.
Bill Archer,
Morton Grove, Illinois
Cindy Chandler
Cindy Chandler
Class of 1966
Passed Dec 20, 2019
Cindy Yvonne Chandler/Englebaugh
Cindy was a great spirited Cheerleader at WBHS. Her spirited personality brought joy to many. She was that Beach Boy Song: Fun, Fun, Fun and she had a Ford T-Bird too! We even developed a cheerleading routine to that song! Ahh the good memories prevail after all these years.
Dale Allen Wood M.d.
Dale Allen Wood M.D.
Class of 1961
Passed Jul 28, 2020
Edited Obituary: Dale Allen Wood of San Antonio passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Dale was a man of highest character consistently demonstrating integrity, thoughtfulness, humility, and his faith in God. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather affectionately known as "Papa". A physician in San Antonio for 43 years, he was dedicated to each of his patients and worked tirelessly for their health and wellbeing. He was passionate about taking care of others and also about making a difference for those less fortunate. He devoted his time and expertise locally, nationally, and internationally. He was always available and there was never a problem too large or too small. Dale was truly a man for all seasons and he will be greatly missed by those who had the good fortune of knowing him.
Dale was born on February 4, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois to Hubert O. "Bob" Wood and Jean Carolyn McAfee Wood. He attended Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Illinois. During this time, he participated in the Boy Scouts of America and earned his Eagle Scout badge with two palms. He graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. In 1965, he entered medical school at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and was a member of the Phi Chi Medical Fraternity. Following medical school, Dale completed an Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at Brooke Army Hospital Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and a Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. Upon completion of his fellowship, he returned to San Antonio where he served in the United States Army Medical Corps in the Departments of Pediatric and Allergy/Immunology at Brooke General Hospital and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Upon returning, he was also appointed the Army's Child Advocate for Children of Abuse. While serving in this position, he was invited to speak at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland on child abuse. After completion of his military service, he continued his work as an advocate for children of abuse, and he served as chairman of the San Antonio Child Abuse Council for many years. In 1977, he established the Southwest Asthma and Allergy Clinic in San Antonio where he practiced for 43 years. Dale was a devoted physician who cared and advocated for countless patients, many of whom became close friends, before retiring in June 2020.
David Feltman
David Feltman
Class of 1960
Passed Mar 30, 2017
(no additional information)
David Weisshaar
David Weisshaar
Class of 1972
Passed Aug 06, 1999
Weisshaar, David C. 1999-08-06
as shown in Villa Park Argus Obituary Index.
Dave was an excellent trombonist and served as principal euphonium with the Willowbrook Band under Glen Anderson.
Diane Schweihs (anderson)
Diane Schweihs (Anderson)
Class of 1967
Passed Jul 03, 2020
Diane Rita Anderson nee Schweihs age 70, of Macks Creek, MO passed away on Friday July 3, 2020 at her home. She was born July 18, 1949 in Chicago, IL. Wife of the late Bruce Anderson. Loving daughter of the late Jerome and Dolores Schweihs. Dear sister of Betty (Kenneth) Dahm, Steve Schweihs and the late Carol Schweihs Natoli. Fond aunt of Alex Dahm. Dear niece of Ruth and Donna Schweihs and cousin of many.

Diane grew up in Villa Park, IL and graduated from Willowbrook HS in 1967and worked in accounting for insurance agencies her whole career. Diane retired and moved to Macks Creek Mo in 2001. Service and Interment are private.
Chicago Tribune on Jul. 15, 2020.
Donald L. Evitt
Donald L. Evitt
Passed Mar 05, 1987
(no additional information)
Doris E. Wickman, M.d., Facog
Doris E. Wickman, M.D., FACOG
Class of 1971
Passed Oct 03, 2009
Doris eventually returned to the suburban Chicago area. She received her M.D. from the Univ. of Louisville, completed her internship/residencies at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and practiced for over 25 years as a highly revered OB/GYN physician. She often performed surgery and deliveries at Alexian Brothers (Elk Grove, IL), Northwest Memorial (Arlington Heights) or Central Dupage hospitals in the course of her duties, all of which are situated quite close to her Willowbrook roots.

Achieving board (FACOG) certification early in her career, Doris was named a Chicago area top doctor in 2000 by the nationally prestigious Castle Connolly Medical authority. Physicians are nominated by their peers (under Castle Connolly criteria): leading medical specialists, department chairs, residency program directors, vice presidents of medical affairs and presidents of medical centers and specialty hospitals.

Based on the numerous posts on legacy she lived her life...as she did at WB: a very genuine person who exhibited a sharp wit (with a droll sense of humor) and diligence in always going the extra (compassionate) mile for her patients and their families. The following quote from a patient on legacy.com effectively summarizes the formidable courage, class and grace exhibited by Doris:
I was fortunate to have my last exam done by her when she first returned to Female Healthcare in 2008 but she left shortly after returning. Even then, her spirits were the same as always. You never would have known all she was going through. She gave the same care and service as always. I feel like I have lost a family member. There should be more like her in the field of medicine.
On the one-year anniversary of her tragic death, another patient stated on legacy.com:
I think about her often and miss her beautiful smile, wonderful laugh, and compassion. It still is so hard to believe a year has gone by. She will always hold a special place in my heart...

Always striking in presence, her life example in caring for others will no doubt influence those who follow in her footsteps. She was dedicated to her family and she was described as the anchor of the extended family. By way of example, Doris encouraged and supported her husband in completing his doctorate in psychology, mid-career. Finally, although she ultimately lost her valiant (over two-year) battle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, she was able to celebrate a daughter's graduation as a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) a few months before her passing. A loving and lasting tribute as Doris was an avid dog lover.
Her son also carries on the legacy as a medical student and she will always, no doubt, be proud of her first and oldest daughter, an Emory graduate and Financial Manager for a Fortune 100 company.

Photo here: Wedding; Photo on Distinguished Alumni site: Fall, 2007

Folks may be interested in making a contribution to Doris' daughter's blog at:
Fred Bedell
Fred Bedell
Class of 1969
(Passed date unknown)
Fred Bedell relocated as a rising senior to the San Francisco area. He was a superb trumpet player, of symphony caliber. Below are citations and alumnus comments from his California high school class of 1970 reunion, Amador Valley:
Bruce Anglin:
I remember Fred was one really cool, friendly guy. As I recall I think he died a very long time ago. If my memory is correct, as a part of the great band we had, Fred did a trumpet solo at our graduation, the National Anthem I think. I will have to check my notes, the day after we all graduated I wrote a LOT of notes of things I observed on our grad night. Maybe I'll share if they are interesting.
Rex Toltschin:
Fred Bedell, Mr Smiles! What a Smile he always had, and always a kind word to say to anyone and everyone.
In Memory (date of death):
Fred Bedell
Fred's father, Max, was a highly decorated WWII Air Force pilot (combat air medal, 39 missions with silver and bronze clusters with two stars) who continued on to be a commercial airline Captain, and officer in the Airline Pilots Association union. The national union officer position was the reason Fred relocated out to California.
Gary L Wood
Gary L Wood
Class of 1963
Passed Feb 01, 2010
Daily Herald:
Gary L. Wood of Villa Park The funeral service for Mr. Gary L. Wood, 64, formerly of Lombard, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Ardmore at Washington Street, Villa Park, with Mr. Wood lying in state from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Ill. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. He died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at Hines VA Hospital, Hines, Ill. Mr. Wood was a resident of Villa Park and Lombard for most of his life. He was a 1963 graduate of Willowbrook High School and received his BA in political science from DePauw in Greencastle, Ind. Mr. Wood was a veteran, having served in the Army in Vietnam. Mr. Wood had owned Crum Letter Service in Elmhurst from 1976 to 1990. He was a member of the Villa Park Kiwanis for many years. Mr. Wood had been a member of the Lombard YMCA Indian Guide and Indian Princess program, having served as Nation Chief of the Indian Guides. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Villa Park for over 50 years. Mr. Wood had served as church treasurer and as a Sunday School teacher. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan. Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Carol, nee Ramonda; sons, Todd (Lisa) of Elgin and Lee of Warrenville; daughter, Joy (Nic) Tosto of Warrenville; stepchildren, Paul Gildersleeve of Wisconsin, Daniel (Laura) Gildersleeve of Chicago, Timothy Gildersleeve of Villa Park and Diana Gildersleeve of Bensenville; grandchildren, Colin and Madelynn Wood, Dominic, Rory, Brie and Olivia Tosto; Cheyenne Jaworski and Luxe Mitchell; mother, Jean Nickolas of Texas; brother, Dr. Dale (Mertie) Wood, M.D. of Texas; niece, Andrea (Dr. Michael) Potter of Virginia; and his nephew, Eric (Casey) Wood of Colorado. Mr. Wood was preceded in death by his father, Hubert O. Wood. For information, 630-629-0094.

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