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Staff Report
5:00 am CDT July 9, 2019

Dr. James “Jim” Stephens D.D.S., 86, of Wilmette, formerly Kenilworth, died. Stephens was the beloved husband for 66 years of Helen Stephens nee Brandjord; loving father of James (Beth) Stephens, John (Elissa) Stephens, Scott (Janet) Stephens, Todd (Conie Gutierrez) Stephens, Bob (Carla) Stephens; proud grandfather of Patrick Tiderman, Brian (Kendall) Stephens, Lucas (Megan) Stephens, Casandra (Ziad) Mahmassani, Michelle Stephens, Todd Stephens, Alden Stephens, Owen Stephens and the late Cody Stephens; great grandfather of Erik Tiderman, Declynn Stephens and Thayne Stephens; dear brother of Kaye (Jack) BeauLac, the late Richard (Marilyn) Stephens, Helen (Louie) Bogan and Charles (Monica) Stephens; dear uncle of many. A celebration of Jim’s life was held Saturday, July 6, at Kenilworth Union Church, 211 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth, Illinois 60043, with a reception immediately following. Interment private. 

Charles Howland 

Former Wilmette resident Charles Roberts Howland, 88, died June 30, surrounded by his loving family in his home in Granger, Ind.

Howland was born July 28, 1930, in Chicago. From the start he lived a truly remarkable life. His mother, Margaret Utley Howland, died while giving birth and his father, David Roy Howland, was left to raise him. He did so with the help of many, both family and non-family alike. Howland had two older siblings, Bud and Betty.

At a young age, he was introduced to one of the great loves of his life - Indian Lake, Michigan. That love would last his entire life, and be shared by his wife, children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy on Chicago’s South Side, and then attended Mercersburg Academy, a college prep school in Pennsylvania. He was a student there when his father died while vacationing in Florida.

Howland graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., where he played tennis, football and was the president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. And it was in arts and literature class where he met the woman who would change his life forever.

He and Charlene were married in 1951 and soon took up residence in “the shacks,” as the married student housing was called at Knox. Their first child, Diane, was born there, and even attended Howland’s graduation.

They moved to Northbrook, where they would make lifelong friends and maintain friendships from Knox. Debbie was born, then Roy, and then the family moved to Wilmette. Then came Chick and Scott.

Years of memories were made in the three-story brick house on Seneca Road and at the cottage in Michigan. Despite the loss of family members and dear friends who died too young, Howland’s life could only be described as happy and fulfilled. He laughed and made friends easily and Char and the children were always, always the focus of his days. They are the rare couple who were just as in love, if not moreso, as they approached their 68th wedding anniversary.

He spent most of his career in the sporting goods business, working for Riddell, among other companies.

He is survived by his wife, Char; children, Diane (Sean), Debbie, Roy (Virginia), Chick (Kathy), and Scott (Marlene), 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Donations in Howland’s memory can be made to A Rosie Place for Children, which serves children who are medically fragile through respite care,; or to the Clay Church food pantry.

Kathy Huelsing

Kathy Huelsing, former Sister of Christian Charity, died June 30. Huelsing was the loving aunt of Karen Tullock, Michael (Sherry) Politte, Robert (Susan) Politte, Christi Closson and Pamela Urso; our sister-in-law, cousin, godmother and friend to many. Huelsing began her life of service and teaching as a Sister of Christian Charity in Wilmette. She left the sisterhood and had a long career as a Science Teacher with the City of St. Louis Public School System, earning Master’s Degrees in both organic and analytic chemistry in her early teaching years. Following her retirement from the public schools, Huelsing also taught at Incarnate Word Academy. Her loving and generous nature touched the lives of everyone who knew her. Donations in her memory can be sent to the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Art Museum or Channel 9, three institutions that she enjoyed and supported.

William M. Reimer

Wilmette native William M. Reimer, 76, died June 30 in his home. He was born in Wilmette on June 15, 1943 to Max and Esther (Mills) Reimer. On June 29, 1968 he married Roberta “Lynn” Braun in St. Joseph Church in Wilmette. Reimer worked for the USPS, then became an engineer at OMC of Waukegan for over 22 years. After OMC, he returned to the USPS, eventually retiring from there. He was a loving father and grandfather, and a great mentor to his children. His family and friends will miss him dearly. Reimer is survived by his three children, Christine (John) Kraman, Catherine (Tyler) Reid, William (Michelle) Reimer; two grandchildren, Nathanial and Elizabeth; three siblings, Maxine Reimer, Marlene (Jim) Petersen, John (the late Juanita) Reimer; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Reimer was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Lynn on Oct. 9, 2010. Visitation was Friday, July 5 at Justen’s Round Lake Funeral Home, 222 N. Rosedale Court, Round Lake, IL 60073. The family suggests memorials in Reimer’s name to Save-A-Pet Inc., 31664 N. Fairfield Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.

Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email Michael Wojtychiw at m.wojtychiw@22ndcentury with information about a loved one who was part of the Wilmette/Kenilworth community.