Wednesday, June 03, 2020

9/18/1930- 1/25/2013
Joined Knights of Columbus: 2/17/1998

Bieschke, Donald J. 82, of Round Lake Beach, formerly of Grayslake and Chicago, passed away peacefully, Friday, January 25, 2013. Donald was born September 18, 1930, in Chicago, IL to George and Clara (nee Korosacke) Bieschke. He proudly served the Korean war in the United States Army. He enjoyed bowling, was very religious, a kind, loving, caring, genuine, person to everyone he met. Known as a "Gentle Giant." Donald is survived by many dear nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law, Sally. Also, by many other dear relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Audrey; his parents; his brother, George; and twin sister, Delores. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, and again Wednesday, January 30, from 8:30 a.m. until time of prayers said at 9 a.m. at K. K. Hamsher Funeral Home 12 N. Pistakee Lake Rd., Fox Lake, then processing to St. Bede Church 36455 N. Wilson Rd., Ingleside for 10 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 S. Wolf Rd., Hillside. All are invited to meet at the cemetery office by 12:30 p.m. for the committal service. Masses in memory of Donald would be greatly appreciated.

5/23/1923- 5/25/2017
Joined Knights of Columbus: 5/1/1990

Leonard Barringhaus 94, was a resident Village of Victory Lakes in Lindenhurst. He was born in Treloar, Missouri to Frank and Matilda Barringhaus. Leonard was a World War II veteran having served for the Navy. Leonard was a member of St. Gilbert Catholic Church in Grayslake, Knights of Columbus, and the Exchange Club of Grayslake. He was retired from International Harvester where he worked as a mechanical engineer. He is survived by his stepchildren, Russell (Maureen) Combs and Cathy (Lynn) O’Dell; six grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and siblings, Ruth Barringhaus, Sister Mary Francita Barringhaus, Norma Schraut, Roselyn Barringhaus, Donald (Faye) Barringhaus and Ralph (Helga) Barringhaus. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ula Combs, second wife, Lois Barringhaus, son, Robert Barringhaus, stepson, Tom (Sharon) Combs and grandson, Stephen Combs. visitation and funeral service was held at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment followed at Ascension Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. Ste 1700 Chicago, IL 60601.

2/6/1936- 10/10/2012
Joined Knights of Columbus: 3/1/1958

Walter W. Burns, age 76 of Grayslake, IL, died at home on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Georgiana (Closs) Burns, three sons, Alan (Eeva), Glenn (Vicki) and Scott (Jessica), and seven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Joseph's Indian School, Chamberlain, SD 57326.

Deceased 2/2003 

Deceased 10/11/2009
Joined Knights of Columbus: 8/17/2006

5/22/1945- 3/6/2012
Joined Knights of Columbus: 1/8/1992

A resident of Grayslake for 33 years, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Advocate Condell Hospital. He was a long-time employee of Abbott Laboratories where he served as Treasurer, C & E Europe, CIS and Israel. He was a life-long Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan, survived the Our Lady of Angels fire in Chicago in 1958, and was a member of the Grayslake Knights of Columbus Precious Blood Council #9689. There was no greater joy in Ed's life than being with people, loving them and being loved in return. Ed is the beloved husband of 37 years to Susan, nee Wolter; loving father of Patrick; dear brother of Lenore, Joan Polishak, John (Carol), and the late Dorothy Anderson; and cherished uncle, brother-in-law, and cousin to a large and loving extended family. No one was a stranger to Ed whose great warmth and giving nature was rewarded by many kind and loyal friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cubs Care at or to Mission of Our Lady of the Angels Church, 3808 W. Iowa St., Chicago, IL 60651.  


6/27/1924- 04/03/2015
Joined Knights of Columbus: 02/14/2000

George Gruber, age 90, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015 at his home. He was born on June 27, 1924 in Chicago, IL to Charles and Elsie Gruber. He was a veteran of World War II having served for the US Army and a member of the Grayslake American Legion. George graduated from Sign School and worked as a sign painter, as a milkman for Spinney Run Farms in Libertyville for over 30 years, and as a janitor for Magee Middle School in Round Lake and College of Lake County, and was a volunteer Grayslake Police Officer. George was a member and volunteer, as a minister of care for the sick, of St. Gilbert Church and a volunteer and minister of care for St. Therese Hospital and Winchester House. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Antioch Moose Lodge. George is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary, his children, James (Paula) Gruber, Eileen (Jim) Siwula, Gerard (Jackie) Gruber, and George Gruber Jr., his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his sister Imelda Thome, and his numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Ann, his sons Gregory and Eugene, and his 2 brothers and 1 sister. Friends of the family had visitation on Sat, April 11, 2015 at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, Grayslake, IL with the funeral mass at the church. Interment followed at Ascension Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Grayslake, IL 60030.


3/24/1961- 10/23/2011
Joined Knights of Columbus: 8/13/2009

Michael P. Gutjahr, 50, passed away October 23, 2011 at his home in Gurnee, Illinois. He was born March 24, 1961 in Cincinnati Ohio. Michael was a parishioner at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church for 13 years, was a Eucharistic Minister, assistant for SPREAD, and belonged to the Knights of Columbus. Loving husband of 20 years to Faye Pickett; beloved father to Nicole Ray; son to Adam and Carol Gutjahr of Lowell, IN; son-in-law to Barbara and the late Ray Pickett; brother of Rick(James Smith) Gutjahr, Bonnie(Michael) McCormick, Jerry(Kathleen) Gutjahr, Julie(Ken) Olovich, Doug(Carol) Gutjahr, and Valerie(Tim) Dickens; 17 nieces and nephews.

Deceased ??/??/20??

11/06/1924- 11/20/2012
Joined Knights of Columbus: 5/28/2008

Carl L. Kendall, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Monday November 19, 2012 at Condell in Libertyville, IL, at the age of 88. He was born November 6, 1924 in South Haven, Michigan to Wynn and Anna (nee: Lauman) Kendall. Carl was a member of the Brotherhood of Union Carpenters and was a World War II veteran having served with the US Army in the Philippines. Carl is survived by his wife of 15 years, Eileen, whom he wed on February 15, 1997 in Grayslake, IL, his sons Steve (Patti) Kendall and David (Kim) Kendall, his grandchildren Patrick (Sara), Stephanie, Derek, Dana, and Nicole, his 2 great-grandchildren, his step-children Ramona Buquet, Kathy Buquet, Lory (Dan) Porter, Rich (Carolyn) Buquet, and Karen (Mike) Brockman, 21 step-grandchildren, 15 step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers. Friends of the family may visit on Sunday November 25, 2012 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL. A memorial mass will be held on Monday November 26, 2012 from 10am St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL.

Deceased 04/16/2006
Joined Knights of Columbus: 10/1/1962


Deceased 8/31/2010

The funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at St. Gilbert Catholic Church. Interment was held privately. Mr. Marcell passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. He was reunited in heaven with his loving wife of 37 years, Patricia C. Marcell, who passed away in 2007. William was a longtime resident of Grayslake, a passionate car enthusiast, and an active member of St. Gilbert Church for 40 years. He is survived by his children, Cynthia (Craig) Vandermolen of DeForest, Wis., William H. Marcell of Fox Lake and Dr. Catherine (John LaBelle) Marcell; his grandchildren, Brian C. Scott, Daniel (Tara) Scott and Nicholas Scott; his great-grandchild, Adalynn Scott; and his brother-in-law, Robert Kapustka. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, P.O. Box 7086, Dallas, TX 75209.

Deceased 01/03/2009
Joined Knights of Columbus: 1/8/1992

Leo A. Meyer, a resident of Grayslake passed away Saturday, January 3, 2009 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville at the age of 91. He was born April 29, 1917 in Alta Vista, IA to the late Cora and Leo Meyer.

Leo was one of the last dairy farmers in Warren Township and was a member of the Lake County Farm Bureau. He was a member of St. Gilbert Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and an usher for over 50 years at the church.

Leo was devoted to faith, family, and farming. He was a loving, kind, caring, and devoted husband and father with a strong work ethic, truly a "Mr. Fix-It".

Leo is survived by his daughters. Jeanette (George) Jankuski of Plymouth, WI, Phyllis (Paul) Steffan of Grayslake, Dorothy (Mark) Christiansen of Lake Mills, WI, Corinne (Walter) Giernoth of Grayslake, and June (John) Handrow of Hartford, WI; his son, James Meyer of Beaver Dam, WI; his 16 grandchildren; his 15 great-grandchildren; his brother, Joseph Meyer of Chandler, AZ; and his good friend, Rose Bauer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife. Josephine; his sister, Sabina Burnett; and his grandson, Jacob Meyer.

A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at St. Gilbert Catholic Church.  Final resting at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. Memorial contributions went to masses in Leo's name at St. Gilberts.

8/12/1951- 1/5/2015
Joined Knights of Columbus: 1991

Joseph "Joe" Musso, age 63 of Libertyville. Beloved husband of Elizabeth for 15 years. Loving dad of Margaret Marie and Katherine Bridget. Dear brother of Maureen, Richard (Tracy), Marianne (Richard) Long and Louis (Tami). Dear brother-in-law of Maura (Gary), Colleen (Elmo) and Brian (Mary). Uncle and great uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Friday 3-8 PM at Malec & Sons Funeral Home, 6000 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Prayers begin at the funeral home Saturday at 10 AM followed by 11 AM Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish, 7211 W Talcott, Chicago. Entombment All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines..

Deceased 02/18/2013
Joined Knights of Columbus: 11/16/1997

Paul G. Philipp age 75 of Grayslake formerly of Wheeling.  Beloved husband of Roberta “Bobbi” Philipp nee Luecker for 51 years.  Loving Dad of Ken (Kim) Philipp, Dave Philipp, Julie (Mike) Powell, Jenny (Steve) Provis and Patti (Jonathan) Wilson.  Cherished grandpa of Tim, Jonathan, Bradley, Brian, Danny, Stephanie, Jake, Savannah, Luke, Emma and Colton.  Fond brother of Madeline (late Joe) Samec, Francis Philipp, the late Henry (late Hilda) Philipp and late Al (late Audrey) Philipp.  Dear uncle and great uncle of many.

Paul served many dedicated years at St. Joseph the Worker as Eucharistic Minister, an Usher, a Bingo Caller, and Family Fest Director.  His service extended to the community as a Wheeling Park District Commissioner for 10 years and was also a very active member of Knights of Columbus at St. Gilbert’s, Grayslake.

Funeral Prayers Friday 9:30 am at Kolssak Funeral Home, 189 S. Milwaukee Ave (2 Blocks South of Dundee Road) Wheeling for a 10:00 am Life Celebration Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Church.  Interment Maryhill Cemetery, Niles, IL.  Visitation Thursday 3-8 pm In lieu of flowers donations to the American Cancer Society at or Make a Wish Foundation at



06/05/1935- 04/10/2015
Joined Knights of Columbus: 11/1/1953

Joseph "Jim" Steiner, Jr., 79 of Grayslake, at Peace in Christ April 10, 2015 Beloved wife of Marianne Steiner nee; Prouty, loving father of Joseph (Julia) Steiner III and Mary Jo (Robert) Prigge, cherished grandfather of Jacqueline (William) Hanrahan, Jamie Steiner, Bradley (Michelle) and Danielle Prigge, great grandfather of James Hanrahan and Bradley Prigge, Jr., fond cousins; LeRoy (the late Dolly), and the late Leo (Laura) Braun, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation was held April 12, 2015 at the Symonds Lakes Funeral Home, Grayslake with funeral services on April 13, 2015 at the funeral chapel at St. Gilbert, interment Ascension Cemetery Libertyville, donations c/o St. Vincent DePaul, for information 847-543-1080

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who shall not be less than 18 years of age on their last birthday. A practical Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application forms are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus. Every knight is happy to propose eligible Catholic men for consideration as members.  Acceptance of the applicant depends upon a vote of the members of the subordinate council in which he is making application. Application for membership must be made through the council in the community nearest the applicant's place of residence. Interested prospects without a permanent domicile, such as men temporarily away from home through duty in the armed forces, may make application through their hometown council or at the nearest council on a military base. If favorably voted upon, the applicant becomes a member by initiation known as the First Degree. He subsequently is advanced through the Second Degree and the Third Degree.  There are modest initiation fees and dues set by subordinate councils under regulations established by the Supreme Council. The insurance privileges are available to all members who can qualify, which represents an important advantage of membership. For men in every walk of life the name Knights of Columbus engenders the image of a united organization, efficiently going about it tasks of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism and defense of the priesthood. It is composed of men who are giving unselfishly of their time and talents in service of God and their country.  Membership in the Knights of Columbus provides opportunity for wholesome association with congenial companions who are, first of all, practical Catholic gentlemen. It offers the opportunity for fellowship with those who are of the same belief, who recognize the same duty to God, to family and to neighbor and who stand side by side in defense of those beliefs. Programs are so organized as to appeal to the individual interest of the members. Through many constructive activities of Christian fraternity, members are enabled to render service to their Church, their country and their fellowman. Through membership they develop a consciousness of their ability to lead and to assist. Organized Columbianism, united behind the individual Knight of Columbus, provides the power of an intelligent, alert body of Catholic men--a strength which the individual by himself cannot achieve. Knights of Columbus has a proud heritage. The qualified Catholic man can share in that heritage and build an even greater future by affiliating himself with this forceful, effective body.

# 9689 CHARTER MEMBERS of January 6, 1988

Alexander Bitto
Michael Brya
Kenneth Camans
Thomas Carnick
Douglas Chapman
Dr. Robert Corek
Michael Cullen
Edmund Demith
Frank Dvorak
David Froelich
Philip Hauck
Lawrence Janak
Thomas Kafter
David Kamka
Eugene Kamka
Michael Karrigan
John Kleber
John P. Kleber
Norman Kleber, Grand Knight
William Koch
James Kohnke Jr.
William Mangione
Ronald Mathews
Dennis Montgomery
Martin Murphy Jr.
Dean Pesare
Dr. N.A. Pesare
Christopher Reynolds
Mark Sandahl
Paul Steffan
Joseph Steiner
John Stuart
Donald Sukack
James Twit
Terrence Vanughan
Kurt VonMedig
Rev. Harold Voss, Chaplain
Geoffrey Warmouth
Robert Warmouth III
Robert E. Warmouth, Deputy Grand Knight
Robert Wegge
Thomas Wirtannen

The Emblem of the Order dates from the Second Supreme meeting, May 12, 1883, when it was designed by James T. Mullen, who was then the first Supreme Knight. A quick glance at the Emblem indicates a shield mounted upon a cross similar to a Maltese cross, turned 45 degrees sideways. The shield is that associated with a medieval Knight. The cross of Malta, represents the Cross of Christ. Through the Cross of Christ all graces of redemption were procured for mankind. This Cross and Shield represents the Catholic Spirit and Commitment of the Knights of Columbus.  Mounted to the shield's lower field are three objects; a medieval ax standing, and an anchor and a sword crossed under it. The ax represents strong leadership, authority and an efficiently operating organization. The anchor is the symbol for Christopher Columbus, the patron of our Order, while the sword is the weapon of the Knight.  On the top field of the Shield are the letters "K of C", meaning Knighs of Columbus, representing the Knighthood of a Catholic man in our organization. Knights lived by a code of chivalry. They were merciful in action, just in deed, fearless in battle and committed to serving God.  The red, white, and blue in the shield and cross, are the colors of our beloved country.   Red is the color of stout-hearted courage, of pulsing activity and a full measure of devotion. Blue is the symbol of hope, of calm tranquility under God, and of confidence in the protection of our country, established under God. White is the symbol of nobility of purpose, of purity of aim, and of crucible tried ideals to be carried out.

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