Obituaries

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March 2019

Diane Dinverno Walsh '61
Robert Koltz '71
Juergen Stein '69
Jennifer Adams Kelley '81

Diane Dinverno Walsh - Class '61
Diane Tina Dinverno-Walsh, born October 19, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2019, after a short, but very hard fight with stage 4 lung cancer. Daughter of Angela Punicki and Luigi Dinverno, step-daughter of Stanley Punicki, and life-long friend and husband Mike Walsh, Sr. A beloved mother of two children, Michael Walsh Jr. (Alicia Casas) of Davie, Florida and Tina Tisdale-Walsh (Steven Tisdale) of Winston Salem, North Carolina. Nana to 6 grandchildren: Logan and Donovan Walsh; Isabella, Wyatt, Cole and Luke Tisdale. She will be greatly missed but her loving ways and wonderful memories will live forever in our hearts. May she walk in eternal peace on Heaven's beach.
Robert Koltz - Class '71
Bob Koltz of Wauconda, IL, passed away February 17, 2019. Survived by his loving wife Holly of 41 years, children Melissa and Kevin (Oksana), and granddaughters: Naia and Emma. Born May 12, 1952, to the late Richard and Arlene Koltz, and lived in Des Plaines, IL with his siblings: Linda (Glenn) Mueller, Bill (Margie) Koltz, and Karen (Daniel) Doroba. The family spent summers boating and visiting the grandparents farm in South Dakota. Bob graduated from Maine West High School in Des Plaines, and Washburne Trade School for carpentry. He was a US Marine serving in Okinawa. As a carpenter he specialized in custom work and was a member of the Wauconda American Legion Post 911 for 35+ years. Bob enjoyed woodworking, landscaping, gardening, biking, kayaking, fishing, and relaxing by his fire pit. A Celebration of Life will be Sunday March 10, 2019 from 2-5 with a service to follow at Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 N. Main St., Wauconda, IL 60084. For information, call 847-526-2115 and sign the guest book at www.kisselburgwaucondafuneralhome.com. Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Mar. 5, 2019
  Juergen Stein - Class '69
Juergen M. Stein, 68, of South Beloit, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Born September 13, 1950, in Duisburg, Germany, the son of Werner and Waltraud (Alexi) Stein. Graduate of Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL and attended Northwestern University. Juergen worked as a production manager for 30 years. He enjoyed soccer, traveling to tropical locations, and being around water. Juergen loved spending time with his family. He considered himself a "German Enthusiast" and absolutely loved to eat! Survived by his children, Troy (Mindy) Stein and Tami (Brian) Goad; grandchildren, Joseph Luckey, Tyler and Madelyn Stein, and Brandon Goad; and his mother, Waltraud. Predeceased by his father, Werner; and brother, Burkehardt Stein. A special thank you to OSF Hospice and Jacob from Fair Oaks Rehabilitation and Health Center. Private family services.
Jennifer Adams Kelley - Class '81
On Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, Jennifer Adams Kelley, loving wife and mother, passed away at the age of 55 after a short, sharp battle with cancer. Jennifer was born on October 11, 1963, in Des Plaines, Illinois. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 1985, and married Philip Henry Kelley on October 25, 1991. She shared her birthday with her daughter, Valerie, born October 11, 1996. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sallyann Adams, and her step-father, Jerry Hahn. Jennifer served as a troop leader while Valerie was with the Girl Scouts. She helped several of the girls in her troop earn Silver Awards, served as Cookie Mom, and was Service Manager for the Evanston area for a year. Jennifer loved “classical rock” music, and had a lifelong love of the Monkees and the Beatles. She was a fan of the TV shows “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, “The Avengers”, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, “The X-Files”, and was a big fan of Star Trek before it was cool, and in fact before most of its current fans were born. While Jennifer was active in many fandoms, her favorite was Doctor Who. She worked on numerous Doctor Who conventions across the nation and became beloved by many of the celebrities from the show. Her work and contributions to Doctor Who fandom had international reach. She helped found the Federation, a club best known for its fan videos and costume troupe, and was active in other fan clubs, both in front of and behind the camera. She was a writer of fan fiction and newsletters, contributing to the Hugo award winning Chicks Dig Time Lords and the Outside In series of books. Most notably, she co-authored Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America, the definitive look at Doctor Who fandom in the USA. The forthcoming second printing will include a dedication to her, and each purchase will contribute $5 to the Cancer Research Institute listed below. Jennifer was a skilled seamstress and long-time member of the Chicagoland Costumers Guild. She made many treasured pieces of clothing for her daughter and husband, as well as many costumes and cosplay pieces inspired by Doctor Who and other shows and movies. She entered numerous costuming competitions at conventions, and in later years organized and ran them at her favorite conventions. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL.