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Claire M. Stungis

Claire M. Stungis, 96, formerly of LaSalle, died at 8:20 a.m. March 31, 2014, at her home in Overland Park, Kan. Cremation rites will be accorded. A private memorial mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Overland Park; and a Memorial mass is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, August 16, at St. Valentine Church in Peru Rev. William Gardner will officiate. Burial of the cremains will follow in St. Valentine Cemetery. Ptak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Claire was born August 7, 1917, in Peru to Stanley and Stella (Mackowiak) Michalowski. She married Alex G. Stungis on Nov. 13, 1944, in Chicago. He preceded her in death on March 20, 2003. Claire spent her childhood in Peru and later moved to Chicago and then to Prospect Heights, Ill. She was employed in the store office for many years at the former Wieboldt’s department store in Mount Prospect, Ill. After their retirement in 1978, she and Alex moved to LaSalle, where they resided on Haley Street until 2003. Claire was active in the Catholic War Veterans St. Mary’s 883, and was an avid gardener, expert seamstress and crochet artist and an excellent cook. She was a member of St. Valentine Church. She loved entertaining her family and friends at home. After the death of her husband, she moved to Overland Park, Kan., where she enjoyed many activities with the family. She was dearly loved by her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Michael Symanski of Overland Park, Kan.; her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Carol Stungis of Middleburg, Fla.; five grandchildren, Kelli Murphy, Jenni Skube, Jeff Stungis, Adam Symanski and Julia Symanski; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity

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Mr and Mrs Stumgis, as I called them, were always so kind and interested in what I was doing. This did not escape my notice as a self-absorbed teenager. Claire's genuine pleasure in seeing me always made me very happy to see her. What a kind, sweet person! I feel lucky to have had her as a part of my growing up. Sending love and heart-felt sympathy to her family. Special hugs to Aunt Elaine. - Beth (Symanski) Klooz

Elizabeth Klooz Apr 6 2014 9:37 PM

Bruce and I will always remember Claire for her salsa and her kolaches. What a fun lady she was! Our sympathy to the family at this time of loss. Bruce & Sharon Meachum

Sharon Meachum Apr 6 2014 8:35 PM

Thanks for your kind words, Judy.

Elaine Symanski Apr 4 2014 2:52 PM

Thanks for your sweet comments, Sandy.

Elaine Symanski Apr 4 2014 2:30 PM

Aunt Claire, I thank you and all of your family for all the dinners and overnight trips and all the kindest you showed my family and Busia, you and your family have always been and will be in my prayers. Judy Michalowski

jmichalowski Apr 4 2014 10:50 AM

Aunt Claire was a blessing to all she touched.I used to love eating at your house,she always warmed the dinner plates my mom never did.You are all in my prayers,sandy

sandy paulson Apr 1 2014 5:05 PM