Veterans’ Association

of the

Chicago & North Western Railway


Organized December 9, 1924


Member News




News from & about our members and other former C&NW employees.

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10/13/2014 - Charles Bass - My name is Christine and I'm Charlie's sister. I don't know if you are aware that Charlie passed away on Oct. 13, almost three weeks after a serious car accident. His wife Linda, was able to find your email and asked if I would let you know. 

Charlie always enjoyed meeting up with the railroad guys. He loved the railroad from as early as any of us can remember. He really loved going up to North Freedom to see what was going on. That's why his family decided that any memorials should go to North Freedom for their ongoing expenses.

If you haven't been aware of Charlie's passing, you can view his obituary at this link Please pass on to the railroad group how much they all meant to him.


Thank you,

Christine Kilps   Thanks to Joan Mundth for forwarding this note.


1/9/2014 – Claude Rochon - To everyone that knows my dad, knows what a wonderful, kind, caring, funny man he is. I am proud to say I am Claude Rochon's daughter. I say this with a heavy heart he has cancer, Mesothelioma. Mary and I are trying to tackle a caringbridge website. If you would like to know what's going on the site link is 
Thank You, Julie.

11/17/2013Jimmy F. Stears, passed away November 17,2013 in Arlington Heights surrounded by his loving family.

9/4/2013David Svendsen, President of the Chicago Chapter, is currently at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL.  Please keep David in your thoughts and prayers as he continues on his road to recovery.

8/26/2013Jack M. Holloway, former CNW Vets General President (1999-2000), Entered into the fullness of Eternal Life on August 26, 2013, age 87. Visitation Thurs., Aug. 29 4-6:00 PM with Mass to follow at St. Charles Parish 313 Circle Dr., Hartland. Obit info can be found at

8/1/2013 - Richard Patzkowsky, 80 year old retired Clerk of Friendship, WI passed away August 1st.The funeral was August 5th at Roseberrys funeral home in Freindship, WI. Obit info can be found at

(Submitted by Gale Roberts)

7/26/2013 - Roger Bergholz, a former Engineer, Wisconsin Division C&NW, is now at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Union Grove WI.  Cards and visitors are welcome according to his wife.  The address is Wisconsin Veterans Home, Roger Bergholz, Gate Hall, Room 14, 21425 East Spring Street, Union Grove WI 53182.

7/8/2013Gordon Geil, former Chief Clerk Butler Yard, fell and broke his hip last week and is now in rehab at LindenGrove in Menomonee Falls, WI.  Submitted by Curt Schmidt

7/6/2013 - Samuel L. Botsios, 83, passed away at his home after a lengthy illness.

6/27/2013 - Walter Robert Lindemann Jr., 74, Yes, Wally's daughter confirms, Wally suffered a couple of crises in Chattanooga, Tenn. last week and the lack of oxygen he suffered in his second crisis ended his wakeful life. He was unconscious on a ventilator until Thursday when his immediate family traveled there to his bedside and allowed hospital staff to shut off the ventilator. He passed away later that night. Update 7/12/13 more info.

His daughter is arranging for a memorial service at Union Grove veterans cemetery in three weeks, and will e-mail details about it and her dad's passing in a day or two.

6/19/2013Keith N. Holmbeck, 70, of Harvard, passed away Tuesday, at Mercy Harvard Hospital. More Info.

4/23/13- Charlie Whyte, 95, of Merton passed away peacefully Tuesday. He was a Director on the CNWVETS board and served as President from 1987 to 1988.  I had the extreme pleasure of knowing Charlie personally and professionally (especially at 2:00 a.m. when he called me out for trouble).  When I was a young signal maintainer just starting out on the railroad and newly married, (and before caller ID), Charlie would call our home many times for trouble. When my wife answered the phone, he would entice her with mink coats that she would be able to buy if I would go out on the call.  I always went out on the call but my wife is still waiting for that mink coat!  Mo and I will miss Charlie very, VERY much!  He was a wonderful railroader, man, husband, father and friend. - Bill Regner

4/12/13-William R. Heffernan Sr., 93, of Ashwaubenon, was reunited with his wife in heaven on Friday, April 12, 2013. To send online condolences please visit

 Bill is a member of the Green Bay Chapter, C&NW Vets Association. Bill was very well known, mostly worked the south end, both passenger and freights, down to Butler / Milwaukee. Via Manitowoc and Sheboygan.   Bill served in WW II in the famous 3rd Armored Division, a division that was out front on the entire Allied military advancement across France and Germany. And the "Spearhead" division of Gen. Courtney Hodges American 1st Army. No military unit in the entire long history of the USA suffered as many losses as the 3rd Armored, and  they suffered these staggering losses in an 11 month period.  Landing at Normandy with 232 tanks, the 3rd Armored would loss 1300 tanks by wars end.   585% of the men in the 3rd Armored were killed or wounded, an equivalent of an entire Corps or 6 combat divisions. We all worked with Bill and remember him well.  Truman.   Thanks Truman

3/8/13-Thomas D. "Don" Jacobson, 86, of Madison, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 8, 2013. Please share your memories at

Jake was a great rail.  Always enjoyed working as his fireman.  Memories from Tim Deneen

. One of my favorite stories about firing for Jake was on the Beloit Job.  We had spotted a car at Beloit Box Board, but they couldn't open it because the doors were welded shut.  Earl Paulson called for the 400 truck, and Jim Oakley showed up to cut the welds off.  We were sitting close by when Jake started making a little humming noise.  When I looked at him, he asked me: "Do you see that?"  I looked at the box car, and smoke was coming out the top of the door.  I simply nodded.  Jake opened up his cab window and signaled to Ed Helgerson to come over by the engine.  Then Jake asked Ed the same question.  Ed just looked and got a big wide open grin on his face.  Jake then called for Earl Denure to come over to the engine.  He asked Earl the same question.  Earl said: "Yah.  It looks like it's on fire."  Jake said: "I suppose I better get hold of the Agent."  With that, Jake got on the radio, and very slowly a deliberately started calling Agent Paulson: "CNW 4331 calling the Beloit Agent…Over" No response….. "CNW 4331 calling the Beloit Agent…Hello Agent Paulson…Over" "Beloit…What do you want Jake?""CNW 4331 to the Beloit Agent…We have a box car on fire at Beloit Box Board…Over" "WHAT!!!!  THERE'S A CAR ON FIRE?!!!!!""CNW 4331 to the Beloit Agent…That's affirmative.  Earl, I think you better notify the Fire Dept….Over" "OK!!!! OK!!!!" All this time, Jim Oakley is still working on the car.  As he finished up and took his welder's mask off, he looked toward the engine and Jake motioned up.  Jim looked up and said "Oh my" Another stellar day on the CNW”.                     Thanks for a great story Tim.


3/4/13-John Leahy, Sr. VPO, had a massive heart attack this morning in Ernie Halley's car while he was driving him and Tom Harvey home from breakfast, not sure if anyone has notified you. It doesn't sound good.


2/12/13 Merry Lou Dotson - Proviso Administration Building Clerk (along with her husband Shelby) and quite a character. A funny woman and a good friend to all.


12/28/12 – Retired Eastern Iowa Conductor Wally Alm is in the hospital with lung and heart complications.  A call or a card would be so appreciated.  His address is: Wally Alm, 4314 Highway 136, Clinton, IA  52732, Home Phone 563-243-4101, e-mail: wpalm1@hotmail.comUpdate, 12/29/12 – Wally was released from the hospital today and will be home after 3:0-0 pm.  Again, cards and phone calls will be appreciated.   Submitted by Dennis Stowe.)  


12/22/12 – Retired Signalman Vern Ray “Joe” Davis, age 84, of Friendship, Wisconsin passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Villa Pines Living Center in Friendship, Wisconsin.

Joe was born July 26, 1928 in Friendship, Wisconsin to Earl Clinton and Theresa (Gustafson) Davis.  He graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in 1946 and then worked at the Adams Theater.  Joe served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 as a combat medic during the Korean War.  Upon his return to Wisconsin,Joe worked for Chicago and North Western Railway until his retirement in 1990. He was a member of Friendship Fire Department (from 1965 – present); VFW Post #6279; and the Quincy Masonic Lodge.

Funeral services will be 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at the Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin.   Interment will be at the Mt. Repose Cemetery, Friendship, Wisconsin.  Military honors will be presented by the Adams County Honor Guard.  Friends may call at Roseberry’s Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  (Submitted by Louis Wilson)


12/14/12 – Retired Wisconsin Division Engineer Donald J. Derocher, 76, of Kenosha, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at his residence.  Born on March 15, 1936, in the U.P. of Michigan, he was the son of the late Emil and Edna Derocher.  He attended the schools in West Allis, and later came to Kenosha in 1991 to make his home.  On August 12, 1978, he married Karon Zuelke in Milwaukee. Don retired from the Chicago & North Western Ry, in 1998 with 42 years of service.  He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers serving at one time as Local Chairman of BofLE Division 405 ( Milwaukee) and for a number of years he had been a medic in the Air National Guard.  Surviving are his wife, Karon of Kenosha; two daughters, Shari and Gina; four step-children, Michelle, Scot, Meloney and Dean (Sherralyn); a sister, Patricia; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December16, at Proko Funeral Home at 3:00 pm. Interment at Pinelawn Cemetery in Brookfield, Wisconsin will be private. Visitation will be held on Sunday at Proko Funeral Home from 1:00 pm until the time of the service. Proko Funeral Home & Crematory 5111-60th Street Phone: (262) 654-3533 Visit Donald's Online Memorial Book at:  (Submitted by Dewayne Stiefvater.)


11/25/12 – Retired Conductor Burton E. “PutzGriese, age 85 of Adams, WI, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 15, 2012Putz was born to Emil and Marcia (Stowell) Griese in Adams on January 3, 1927.  He married Carla Jensen on August 22, 1948, who survives, as well as their six children, 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Jefferson of Friendship, and many nieces and nephews.

Putz enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and served in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Lexington.  Putz worked as a brakeman and conductor for the Chicago & North Western Railway for 42 years.  He enjoyed hunting, building and fixing things, his black Labradors, going to old car shows with his 1939 Mercury Coupe, gardening, and time with family at the “Shack.”  Putz was a member of the VFW and the Veterans’ Association of the Chicago & North Western Railway. 

Arrangements were handled by Roseberry's Funeral Home & Crematory, 512 Main St., Friendship, WI 53934, 608-339-3551, Email:   (Submitted by Gale Roberts.)


11/06/12Mary Ellen Gonzalez (nee Provost) Age 58; formerly Manager of Customer Service at the C&NW, Chicago, passed away on November 4, 2012; beloved wife of Fred Gonzalez Sr.; loving mother of Yessnia Bledsoe, Kina, Palmira, Wilfredo Paul Gonzalez Jr., and Melissa (Rodney) Harmond; cherished grandmother of D.J., Victoria, Cece and Marley; kind daughter of Phyllis and the late James Provost; dear sister of Dick, Paul and Tim Provost; adored sister-in-law of Rita (John) Galvin; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews and friend to many.  Celebration of life Saturday, November 10 at 9:00 am at the Zimmerman & Sandeman Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 5200 W. 95th St., until time of service 12:00 pm, for information - 708-424-0340.


09/29/12 – Retired Manager of Communications Carlyle L. Bergevin, 81, of Green Bay, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, September 24, 2012.  He was born August 29, 1931 to the late Frank and Mildred (Tallman) Bergevin in Bloomer, WI.  He served his country in the Army from 1951-1953 in Okinawa.  For 39 years, he worked on Chicago & North Western Railway retiring in 1986 with 39 years of service.  Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Donna; daughter, Debra (David Yates) Bergevin, Ventura, CA; sons, Randel (Wendy) Bergevin, Green Bay, and Brent (Josie) Bergevin, Oklahoma City, OK; grandchildren, Brandon, Amanda, Joshua, Nicholas, Jeremy Bergevin, Elizabeth Lloreda; great granddaughter, Lillian Bergevin; sister, Judy Miller, Green Bay.  He was preceded in death by his grandchildren, Ryan Bergevin and Jessica Lloreda.  Services will be private.  (Submitted by Truman Koehn.)


09/27/12 – Retired Wisconsin Division Conductor Walter Pakulski Jr. of Plover, WI died Sunday Sept. 23, 2012 at St. Claire's Hospital in Weston, WI.  His age was 86, born March 28, 1926 in Milwaukee, son of the late Walter & Anna (Rolerat) PakulskiWalter entered the US Army on May 30, 1944 at Fort Sheridan, IL and served in Central Europe as a sergeant with the 326th GL I infantry. He received the Victory medal, American Theatre ribbon, European/African/Middle Eastern Theatre ribbon with 1 bronze battle star, one overseas service bar and the Good Conduct medal.  He was honorably discharged April 19, 1946 at Fort Sheridan, IL.  His marriage to Nancy Thrular took place on Dec. 28, 1957 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in St. Francis, WI.  She died Jan. 17, 2009. Walter was employed as a Conductor for the Chicago North Western Railrway for over 40 years, retiring in 1988. Walter was in part responsible for the 82nd Airborne memorial monument by the Clark Street Bridge in Stevens Point. Survivors include one son; Mark Pakulski of Plover, one brother; Edward Pakulski of Greenfield, WI also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass 10:30 am Thursday at St. Peter Catholic Church, Rev. Joseph V. Arul officiating.  Entombment will take place at 11:00 am Friday at St. Adalbert Catholic cemetery in Milwaukee. Visitation will take place from 9:00 am until the time of services Thursday morning in the St. Faustina room at St. Peter Church. A general rosary will be prayed at 9:30 am Thursday morning. Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home was honored to serve the family.  (Submitted by Dave Hawley)


07/19/12 – Retired Wisconsin Division Conductor Charles V. Wagener, 79 of Fort Myers, FL passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.  Born on November 21, 1932 in Chicago, IL to Charles and Anne Wagener.  Charlie retired as a Conductor for Chicago North Western Railway in 1993 with 43 years of service.  He enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting, flying and boating.  Charlie was an avid Cubs and Bears fan.

He is survived by his loving family including his wife, Susan; children, Charles J. Wagener, Nancy Brown, Anne Bosch, Richard Wagener, Mary Buckley; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sisters, Marianne and Kathryn; and many close friends.

Visitation will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine island Rd., Cape Coral, FL. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church with entombment to follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery.  Memorial donations in his memory may be made to St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church. Please visit to leave thoughts and memories for his family.

07/11/12 – Retired Agent-Telegrapher Richard A. Johnson, 87, of Augusta passed away Sunday, July 8, 2012, at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.  He was the son of son of Gust and Betty (Wiklund) Johnson and was born Nov. 25, 1924 in Lake Bronson, MNRichard served in served in the U.S. Navy from Dec. of 1943 until his discharge in Oct. of 1946 and with the Navy Reserves until Oct. of 1951.  Richard hired on with the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad, which eventually became the Chicago North Western Railway.  He worked as the station agent in Osseo from Nov. of 1948 until 1956, and then in Augusta until 1976.  From 1976 until his retirement in 1985, he worked for the railroad in the Hudson and River Falls area.

Richard leaves his wife, Ethel of Augusta; three daughters, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday, July 13, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, with burial in the West Lawn Cemetery both in Augusta.  Friends may call from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.  Online condolences can be left at by Louis Wilson who also provided the photo of Richard appearing on An Assortment, Page 4.)

06/26/12Ervin F. Mahuta, age 92, passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Prairie Gardens Assisted Living, Sun Prairie, WI.  He was born on December 3, 1919 in Milwaukee and was the son of Leo and Fanny ( Palma) MahutaErvin served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 740th Railway Battalion where he earned the European, African and Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbons with 4 bronze Stars and 4 Overseas Service Bars.  He worked 41 years for the C&NW Railway and retired in 1982 as Trainmaster.  He then worked for the Wisconsin Cheeseman. He enjoyed spending time at the family cottage in Michigan, hunting, fishing and playing the clarinet and accordion.  He is survived by a daughter, Sandra Ripp of Sun Prairie; 2 sons, Steve (Laurinda) of Sun Prairie, Jon of Madison; a sister, Betty (Richard) Mrozinski of Milwaukee; 3 grandsons, David, Randy (Molly) and Bob Ripp; a great granddaughter, Lucy; 3 step grandchildren, Jenna, Vince, and Maria Speaks.  Ervin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 53 years, Virginia; a brother Leonard and many friends and relatives.  A visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home, 302 Columbus St. in Sun Prairie, WI, telephone 608 837-5400. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m.  Entombment will be at Sun Prairie Memory Gardens where military rites will be held.  (Submitted by Louis Wilson.)

The C&NW Ry. had lots of Mahuta’s in the ranks of their employees.  Erv was a Trainmaster in Milwaukee, Madison and Adams & Assistant Superintendent in Mason City but retired as Trainmaster in Adams.  His father and brother were brakemen/conductors and his uncle and two cousins were also brakemen/conductors, and many hired out on the Wisconsin Division.  Some worked with all of the 6 Mahuta’s.  So, there were 2 brothers and 3 of their 4 sons on the C&NW.

It’s a little unclear as to who’s who, but here’s what we think we know.  Leo is Erv’s father and & Frank is probably his uncle, with Francis & Eugene being either cousins or his brother.  Looks like we might be one short!  The dates are when they hired out.

Leo J. Mahuta - 08/04/1921
Frank A. Mahuta - 09/26/1922
Ervin F. Mahuta - 1941

Francis Mahuta - 01/25/1947
Eugene A. Mahuta - 01/09/1948

One son of one of the senior Mahuta’s passed away a long time ago.  Erv has a son who is in the Signal Department from around Butler, a choice assignment but that’s another story. Erv escaped from a German POW camp in WW II.   He ran 22 miles non-stop and made it while suffering with a broken jaw.  He was always a jogger.  Thanks to Truman Koehn for filling us in on these additional details. 


05/14/12 – Retired Manager of Sales Administration John F. Reimers, 89, passed away May 7, 2012 at Crystal Lake, IL where he had been a resident for the past 40 years.  John  was born Feb. 16, 1923 in Cedar Rapids, IA to Fred and Lois Reimers.  He graduated from Marion, Iowa High School and from Northwestern University, Chicago, with a degree in Business Administration. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, serving in several branches as a Staff Sergeant including the European Operations in the 398th Engineering Regiment, being presented a Bronze Star.  He married Ruth Anderson Nov. 14, 1953, who preceded him in death on Oct. 5, 1999 after 46 years of marriage.  He worked for the Chicago and North Western Railway for 44 years, holding various positions in Cedar Rapids, Peoria, Des Moines, Iowa, Kansas City, MO., and Chicago & retiring in 1986 as Manager of Sales Administration in Chicago.   He is survived by his daughter, Susan, of Crystal Lake, and his son, Peter (Linda) of Cary; grandchildren Marie (Adam) Houghton, of South Bend, Ind., and Molly Reimers, of Grayslake; and a great-grandchild Claire Houghton.  Visitation was. on Thursday, May 10 and 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 11 at the Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake, 575 E. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake.  The funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Evangelical Free Church. Interment will follow at McHenry County Memorial Park.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake, 575 E. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake, IL 60014.


05/09/12 – Retired Welder Gerald E. (Jerry) Murphy, 97, of Neenah, WI passed away on May 6, 2012Jerry was born on October 1, 1914, in Fond du Lac, to the late Barbara Murphy (Veeser) and Patrick Murphy.  He graduated from Fond du Lac High School in 1932, having already started working on the Chicago and North Western Railway in 1930 at the age of 16 and following in his father's footsteps.  He proudly served in the Army from 1942 to 1945 in the Pacific Theater and in Alaska, where he helped build the Alcan HighwayJerry is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lucile; son Dennis (Rita) of Bellingham, WA; son Kevin of Neenah; son Joel (Sherry) of Winchester; daughter Michelle of New York City; and son Tim (Debra) of Appleton. He is also survived by his grandchildren Christopher, Patrick, Stephanie and Tyler, and a great-grandson, Liam.  A Funeral Service for Jerry will take place at 11:00  am on Thursday, May 10 at the Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel with Father Jim Leary OFM Cap officiating.  Friends may visit at the funeral chapel on Thursday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Interment with full military honors will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Appleton, WIJerry will be fondly remembered by all who knew and worked with him.  It took a lot of good people in a variety of jobs to make the C&NW operate properly and Jerry was certainly in this group.  (Submitted by Truman Koehn.)

04/13/12Dave Hawley will be giving Speeder cars rides in Brooklyn, Wisconsin on April 28 and 29, 2012.  The line that we use is the old CNW main track that ran from Janesville to Madison.  I invite any CNW Vet member to join me for a free ride and lunch.  The rides are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and last 30 minutes.  E-mail Dave at for more information.   (Submitted by Dave Hawley.)


04/11/12 – Retired Butler Yardmaster Maynard Garland had open heart surgery on April 9, 2012 and had heart valve replaced.  Everything went well and he is doing fine.  (Submitted by Dewayne Stiefvater.)


03/23/12 – Retired Data Processing Specialist Joseph Umana passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012 at age 77. Visitation will be Sunday, March 25, 2012, from 3:00 to 9:00 pm at the River Woods Funeral Chapel, 205 S. River Rd, Des Plaines, Illinois   60016, telephone 847-635-5900.  Funeral services will be at 9:00 am Monday, March 26, 2012 from the funeral home to Our Lady of Ransom Church, 8300 N. Greenwood Avenue  Niles, IL 60714 for 10:00 am Mass.  Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery.  Joe became player/manager of the Chicago & North Western Ry. 16-inch soft ball team in 1964 and under his leadership the team took off, winning 29 Championships – Ten 2nd Place and Five 3rd Place finishes over the next 27 years.  Click here to learn more about the C&NW 16” softball team.  (Submitted by Dave Svendsen.)

02/10/12 - Some news about Augie Troia, retired Telegrapher, Dispatcher and Trainmaster.  Don Mundth recently tracked him down and discovered Augie is now a resident of an Assisted Living Center in Cottage Grove, WIAugie is doing as well as can be expected and misses his late wife Edith.  Augie would love to have visitors.  Here’s his address:  Aster Retirement Community 139 East Reynolds Street, Cottage Grove, WI  53527.  Augie’s telephone number is 608-839-0326, though hearing loss may make telephoning difficult.  (Forwarded by Don Mundth.)

01/23/12 – Retired Wisconsin Division Conductor Curtis Andre Judice, age 61 of Waukegan, IL died early Friday morning, 01/20/12, in Victory Hospital, Waukegan, ILAndre was born May 2, 1950 in Chicago, IL to the late Austin and the late LaVonne Thompson JudiceAndre had been a resident of Waukegan for 15 years.  He served in the United States Army in Vietnam and following his military service he worked for Chicago & North Western Railway as a Conductor, retiring after 32 years of service in May 2010.  At the time of his retirement he had worked the North line to Kenosha for 10 years.  Andre is survived by his wife Luisa Jordan Judice, 6 children, 4 siblings and many nieces and nephews.  A celebration of Andre’s life will take place on January 28, 2012, Saturday at 2:00 pm. at Unity Church on the North Shore, 3434 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201 (  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Orphans of the Storm, 2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015 (

– Reports of recent illnesses have come in about Captain Wally Lindemann and Bob Leeman, both retired Wisconsin Division Conductors.  Bob was incapacitated while on a hunting trip in Upper Michigan and is now back home in Kenosha and doing well.  Wally was stricken in Kenosha and thanks to prompt medical attention is now on his way to complete recovery.  Both situations received medical attention without delay thereby reversing what might have been much more serious consequences. 


01/16/12 - Retired Accounting Department Clerk Dolores Thelaner, wife of David Thelaner retired AVP-Systems and Information Services, passed away in Hemet, California on Tuesday January 11, 2012 after an extended illness.  Dolores and David had just celebrated 32 years of marriage and she will be greatly missed.  Entombment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery in Chicago after plans are finalized.  Dolores was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Hemet, California(Submitted by David Thelaner.)


01/18/12 - Retired Wisconsin Division Locomotive Engineer Leonard P. Pochocki passed away Friday, January 6, 2012.  He was born July 19, 1937 to the late Mathilda and the late Peter Pochocki. and was a U.S. Army veteran. Leonard retired in 1997 with 42 years of service with the Chicago & North Western and Union Pacific Railroads.  Visitation: 2:00 to 8:00 pm, January 8, 2012 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs, IL, 708-839-8999.  Funeral Service: 8:15 am, January 9, 2012 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd  Mass of Christian Burial: 9:30 am, January 9, 2012 at St. Camillus Church, 55th St. & Lockwood Ave., Chicago, IL  Interment: 11:45 am, January 9, 2012 at St. Adalbert Cemetery, 6800 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL.






Revised 11/26/2014


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