Obituaries

We will update the list of names of our deceased warriors on a monthly basis. We will not place a person on this list with hearsay, second hand, information. Send us a link to the obituary, noting the date and name of the newspaper from which it was taken. If you don't have the obit, then you must be related to, or a close friend who attended the wake, funeral or memorial service.

October 2020

Anton Tosterud '68
William Kabat '60
Karen Gustafson Lick '62
Keith Johnson '64
Richard Busser '78
Larry Bushmaker '66
Jody Alfano Peterson '71
Deanne Drifke Busch '81

Anton Tosterud - Class '68
Anton Oscar Tosterud Sr., 70, passed away before the Cubs' 7th inning stretch on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Tony lost his brief battle with pancreatic cancer in his home surrounded by his loving wife and family. A lifelong resident of Des Plaines, Tony was born a Cubs fan to Orval and Dorothy Tosterud in 1949. He was a devoted brother to Robert and his late sisters, Ruth (Egge) and Krissy, to whom he is undoubtedly describing the 2016 World Series. Tony met the love of his life, Judith (Carlson), his senior year at Maine West High School, and they have been inseparable ever since, having celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month. Tony briefly attended North Dakota State University, but missed Judy so much that he returned home to attend classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tony and Judy sealed their loved in 1970 and throughout the years raised their children, Anton Jr., Karli, and Katie. Tony is remembered as a loyal, loving and hopeful husband and father who openly showed his affection to everyone he encountered. Tony's world revolved around his wife, his kids and his grandkids. More than anything he enjoyed spending time with his family and sharing memories at their home, holding Judy's hand, cheering on his grandchildren at all of their sporting events, drinking in the stands of Wrigley Field, or steering the pontoon on the shores of Door County, Wisconsin as our captain. Tony will be forever missed by his wife, Judith and their children, Anton Jr. (Suzanne), Karli (Dominic), and Katie (Katherine); and his legacy of love, family and the Cubs will be carried on through his grandkids, Madelyn, Braedan, Logan, Gustav, Amelia, Jack and Drake Anton. Tony's beaming smile and infectious laugh is remembered by his numerous nieces and nephews and the many family friends who considered him as everyone's favorite dad. An open house celebration of his life will be held at his home field of the Tosterud's residence on Saturday, Oct. 10th at 1:20pm. Memories will be shared at 2pm - 3pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of Tony to Chicago Cubs Charities.

Published in Daily Herald on Oct. 1, 2020.

William Kabat - Class '60
William A Kabat, age 77 of Dewey, AZ passed away October 1, 2020.

Karen Gustafson Lick - Class '62
Karen “Kay’ Lick, age 75, of Naperville, formerly longtime resident of Des Plaines, IL, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020, in her home. She was born January 2, 1945 in Chicago, IL to the late Arthur and Frances Gustafson. Beloved wife of 40 years to the late Roger Lick, who passed away in 2005; loving mother of Martin (Heather) Lick of Lisle, IL and Katrina (Stan) Jewula of Indianapolis, IN; her adoring grandchildren, Darren Lick and Spencer and Emily Jewula. Kay graduated from Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL. She went on to Eastern Illinois University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education. She taught until she started a family and then devoted her time to her family. Kay enjoyed traveling the world aboard a cruise ship. She had many adventures and would try to take at least one cruise a year, sometimes being gone for 45 days! For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association or to the American Cancer Society. Memorial Visitation will be Saturday, October 17, 2020 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL. Memorial Service will follow at 5:00PM. Interment private. For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or www.friedrich-jones.com

Keith Johnson - Class '64
Keith G. Johnson of Indian Harbour Beach, 74, 11 Oct 2020. Funeral 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 24, 2020, Ascension Lutheran Church, 1053 Pinetree Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, FL. 321-773-1815

Richard Busser - Class '78
Richard George Busser, 60, a longtime resident of Elk Grove Village, passed away October 12, 2020. Rich proudly served as a Special Agent for the F.A.A. Rich was the beloved husband of Joyce nee Glash for 37 years; loving father of Dr. Jennifer J. (Benjamin Redding) Busser and Richard J. Busser; cherished son of Judy and the late Charles Busser; dear brother of Kimberly (Michael) Meier and Renee (David) Miller; he also leaves behind his loving nieces and nephew. Visitation Sunday, October 18 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. Chapel service Monday, October 19 at 10 a.m. Interment at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. For info, 847-640-0566 or grovememorialchapel.com.

Published in Daily Herald on Oct. 15, 2020.

Larry Bushmaker - Class '66
Larry Bushmaker, 72, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at Revere Court care facility in South Barrington after a long illness. Larry was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1948, the only child of the late Harold Bushmaker and the late Beverley Talley Bushmaker. Larry graduated from Maine West High School. He was also a graduate of Western Illinois University (1970) and DePaul School of Law (1973). He was admitted to the Illinois Bar Association in 1973. Larry practiced labor law in the private sector for several years before moving to Local 150 of the Midwest Operating Engineers. He became Administrator of the Health and Welfare Fund. During his many years as Fund Administrator Larry helped bring about numerous improvements for the fund and its members. He was often asked to speak at national conferences and seminars on labor law and compliance issues. After retiring as Fund Administrator, Larry returned as an investment consultant to the fund from 2004 to 2009. Colleagues remember Larry as hard-working, dedicated, and fair-minded. They knew him to be a gifted public speaker who could make complicated issues understandable to non-professionals. Friends and family remember him as insightful, funny, and generous. Friends still remember his "famous" ribs on the grill. He had an exceptional memory for dialogue and was able to find an appropriate quote for any occasion. Larry enjoyed golf, cards, and spending time with friends. He loved all sports and was an avid Chicago Bulls fan.A celebration of life is planned for the future.

Published in Chicago Tribune on Oct. 17, 2020.

Jody Alfano Peterson - Class '71
Jody Lee (Alfano) Peterson age 67, passed away suddenly on September 28, 2020, in Flagstaff, Arizona. She was born in 1953 to Leroy and Janet Alfano in Chicago, IL and raised in the suburb of Des Plaines, IL. She graduated Maine West High School, Des Plaines, IL in 1971. She moved to Prescott, AZ in 1983 and worked as a records clerk for Yavapai County for many years before moving to Phoenix AZ and working as a clerk for the State. Jody retired in 2016 and moved to The Peaks in Flagstaff, AZ in 2018. Jody's zest for life was undeniable, she was diagnosed with Polio at 2 years old and her parents were told if she survived, she would likely never walk or talk. She not only walked and talked, but ran, rode horses (winning many ribbons), went on to get married, become a mother, grandmother and lead a productive life. Jody loved to quilt, cross stitch, and sew. She also studied genealogy and loved taking cruises. She was always willing to lend an ear or helping hand to anyone in need. She is survived by her son, Craig Peterson (Rachel), grandsons, Zane and Bridger Peterson, brother, Jerry Alfano (Edie), nephews, Eric and Scott Yingling. Preceded in death by her mother, Janet (Esdohr) Alfano and father, Leroy (Lee) Alfano. A memorial service will be held at Lozano's Flagstaff Mortuary on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude's at stjude.org to the Jody Alfano Peterson Memorial Fund.

Published in Daily Herald on Oct. 18, 2020.

Deanne Drifke Busch - Class '81
With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Deanne Marie Busch (Wilsonville, Oregon), born in Des Plaines, Illinois, who passed away on October 14, 2020 at the age of 58. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family. She was loved and cherished by many people including : her parents, Ronald Drifke and Mildred Drifke; her husband Scott; her children, Brittany, Beth and Brandon; and her brother Ronald. She was also cherished by relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 24th 2020 from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the St Cyril Catholic Church (9205 SW 5th St, Wilsonville, OR 97070). A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 24th 2020 at 11:00 AM at the same location.