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January 2020

Mary Anderson Ellicson '77
Linda Cillo Burrell '66
John Heinz '73
Jason Bergner '87

Mary Anderson Ellicson - Class '77
Mary C. Ellicson (nee Anderson), age 60, of Hainesville, passed away suddenly on January 1, 2020 and grew up in Des Plaines. Mary is survived by her loving husband Roger Ellicson and married for 36 years. Mary is proceeded death by the late Elmer and Kathleen (Brennan) Anderson and four siblings the Therese (Terry), John, Bill and Mike Anderson. She is survived by two brothers: Joseph Anderson (Gavin Duffy), Martin Anderson (Tina), sister in laws Debbie Jurs, Sharon Ellicson, Mary Lou Anderson and Sandra Martins. She is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews. Mary had a great love of family and friends. She cherished family get together and was often the glue that held the family together. Mary had a number of employments of the years, but the one she was most passioned about was CASA. She had a tremendous love for children and it was her desire that every child had a safe and loving family environment. Mary had a love for reading, politics, the Chicago White Sox and her Irish heritage. Visitation arrangements are on Sunday, January 5th from 2:00pm-8:00pm at McMurrough Funeral Chapel, 101 Park Pl (Rt 176, 1 Blk E of Rt 21) Libertyville. Mass of Resurrection will be held on Monday, January 6th at 10:30am St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 121 E Maple Ave, Libertyville. Interment immediately following at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: CASA Lake County, 700 Forest Edge Drive Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Funeral info (847) 362-2626. Guestbook at

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 3, 2020

Linda Cillo Burrell - Class '66
Linda Meara Burrell, 70, of Hague, VA, lost a valiant battle with ALS disease on Thursday, January 2, 2020. She passed away peacefully at home. Linda was the daughter of the late Milan R. Cillo and the late Virginia Williams Cillo and the stepdaughter of Lucy Cillo of Vernon Hills, Illinois. She was the beloved wife of Jon C. Burrell of Hague. Linda was born in Chicago, Illinois where she worked as the Home Furnishings Fashion Director for Carson Pirie Scott and traveled the world in search of special home furnishings that had to pass her very critical eye. She spent much of her adult life in Maryland where she was an elected official of the town commission in St. Michael's and in Annapolis, MD, where she served for 18 years as the Membership Services Director for the Maryland Municipal League. While at the MML, she was honored by the governor of Maryland for creating and editing a book about municipal government in Maryland. She was also honored by the University of Maryland for her role in guiding the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, which taught the art of governance to local government officials. In 2010 she and Jon retired to their home near the Potomac River in Hague. In addition to her husband and stepmother, Linda is survived by her loving sons: Colin Meara (Allison) of Charleston, SC; Travis Burrell (Rebecca) of Hanover, MD; and Darren Burrell (Cara) of Pottstown, PA. Linda leaves behind five cherished grandchildren: Ava, James, Caleb, Graham and Aidan. She is also survived by her devoted sisters: Robyn Metallo (Robert) of Coles Point, VA; Dawn Cillo (LeRoy Fanslow) of Port Barrington, IL; Susan Cargill (John) of Hanover Park, Il; and JoAnn Aiello (Rick) of Buffalo Grove, Il. She is also survived by her furry buddy Gus, the wonder dog and goodwill ambassador, who brought much joy to her life.....including "Wine Time" that he reminded her occurred every day at 4pm. Linda was a kind and creative soul. She loved beachcombing and some of her best beach finds were made into exquisite sea glass jewelry which she marketed as "RivahLyn Jewelry". Each piece was individually crafted and named. Her artistic skills were duly noted when she was juried into the prestigious North American Sea Glass Festival in Lewes, Delaware. She was further noted by the local press as a featured artist of the month. She had a passion for collecting snowman ornaments and the last count exceeded 400. She asked that her collection be donated to a children's hospital. Above all, Linda loved her family and the life that she and Jon created in their Northern Neck home. A celebration of Linda’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 18, 2020 at the Welch Funeral Home Marks Chapel in Warsaw, Virginia. Please come prepared to share memories of Linda and spend time with her family honoring a life well-lived. A reception is planned to follow the services. Time and place are pending. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you honor Linda’s courage in battling ALS by making a donation in her honor to the ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005.


John Heinz - Class '73
John Jeffrey Heinz 64 of Phoenix, AZ passed away January 6th 2020. John was born in Chicago, Illinois August 1st 1955. He attended Maine West High in Des Plaines, IL, and graduated from Chaparral High, Scottsdale, AZ. He received degrees in Firefighting and Para-Medicine through Glendale Community College. John had a fulfilling 32 year career starting with Rural Metro Fire Dept and Rio Verde Fire Dist where he retired as Captain in 2016. John was married to Tina Bardzik November 1983 in Phoenix, AZ. He is survived by mother Lorraine Heinz; brother Ron and wife Lori; Heinz sisters Jeanne Heinz, Jenniann Heinz-West and husband Randy. Goddaughter Haley Bardzik Preceded in death by father Ronald R. Heinz, brother Jeffrey S. Heinz and wife Tina Heinz. Mortuary is Green Acres 401 N. Hayden rd Scottsdale,AZ 85257

Jason Bergner - Class '87
Jason P. Bergner, age 50, a lifelong Des Plaines resident, passed away on January 17, 2020. Loving father of Ethan and Peyton. Cherished son of Patrick E. (Janet) Bergner. Dear brother of Patrick J. (Deidre), Gregory and the late Gerald. He was also a very proud uncle. Visitation on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 beginning at 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at G.L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois 60016. Funeral mass on Thursday, January 23, 2020 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 794 Pearson Street, Des Plaines, Illinois 60016. For info, please call 847-699-9003.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Jan. 21, 2020