Obituaries: Robert C. Kuzelka, Virginia R. Damos

Memorial services are planned for Robert C. Kuzelka of Grayslake and Virginia R. Damos of Waukegan for Saturday, Jan. 12.

Robert C. Kuzelka, a resident of Grayslake for 25 years, passed away Tuesday January 8, 2013 at the age of 79.

He was born February 21, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Charles and Marie Kuzelka. Robert was a veteran of the Korean War having served for the US Navy aboard the USS Hickory and the USS Olmstead.

He was a member of the United Protestant Church and the Gages Lake Bible Church, and the Grayslake American Legion.

Robert loved to travel in his motor home, collected stamps, and loved animals, gardening, and fishing.

Robert is survived by his wife of 25 years, Vivian, his sister Carol Davis of Wisconsin, his children Richard (Collene) Kuzelka, Dennis (Dawn) Kuzelka, and Patricia White, his step-children Daryl (Mary) Stang and Rita (Ken Pfad) Stang, his 15 grandchildren, and his 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Laverne, his parents, his granddaughter, and his best dog Buddy Boy.

A visitation is scheduled for Saturday January 12, 2013 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. with a funeral service commencing at 11:00 a.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Interment will immediately follow at Pine View Memorial Park in Waukegan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grayslake Paramedics or to Save-a-Pet. For information, please call (847) 223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.


Virginia Ruth Damos (nee Whitson) died on January 8, 2013. She was born on April 14, 1924 in Waukegan to Vera and Clair Whitson. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas, her brothers Clair and Frank Whitson, and her sister Lois Downer. She is survived by her daughter Diane, her son-in-law Bryan Coolican, six nieces, and eight nephews, and 29 great nieces and nephews.

Virginia graduated from Waukegan Township High School in 1942 where she was the class president for her junior and senior years. She then attended the Jan McAlister School of Nursing at Victory Memorial Hospital and trained at the University of Chicago and Cook County Hospital. She graduated in 1945 as a registered nurse.

Damos held various nursing positions before returned to Victory Memorial Hospital where she worked for 32 years. She was Director of Surgery for the last 23 years of her career.

She was active at both the local and national level of the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN). Virginia served for 6 years on the local AORN board and was president of the local chapter from 1973 to 1974. At the national level she served on the board for 2 years and was the general chairman of the 1973 Congress. She was the AORN liason to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Operating Room Environments for 4 years. She traveled extensively in Europe examining operating room procedure. In 1990 she was selected as the National Operating Room Manager of the Year by the advisory board of the National Operating Room Manager.

She was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church of Waukegan.

Services will be held at the Strang Funeral Chapel at 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, Il.at 11 AM on Saturday, January 12th, 2013. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM.

Provided by Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium



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