In Memoriam

As we are informed of the passing of a club member, spouse or immediate family member or the death of an Osco/Sav-on associate or former employee, we will post a write-up including bereavement details, job history and photos.  In addition to posting on the website, the memoriam may also appear in an edition of Connections.   If you have specific information or photos you would like to share please send via email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or via U.S. Mail to:

Osco/Sav-on Alumni Club
P.O. Box 1024
Lombard, Illinois 60148-8024

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On behalf of the Alumni Club, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones.

 

2019 December 16th; Darlene Rose Gonyo (Bowen)

Darlene GonyoDarlene Rose Gonyo died on December 16, 2019 at Hearthstone Health Campus in Bloomington, Indiana. She was 79. Darlene was born on October 27, 1940 in Wausau, Wisconsin to Ruth Pieper. Ruth married Everett Olson when Darlene was 7, and he raised Darlene as his own. In 1958 Darlene moved with her family to Oshkosh and she graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1959.  After high school Darlene met fellow Oshkosh HS alum Jerry Gonyo, the love of her life. They married in 1963 and enjoyed 56 years of marriage. Their family was made complete by their two children, Jeff and Jill. The family moved to Racine, Wisconsin and later the northwest suburbs of Chicago. As Jerry neared retirement they relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2016 they moved together to Bloomington, Indiana, where Darlene received excellent care at Hearthstone and from her devoted husband and caregiver extraordinaire, Jerry.  Darlene worked for Unocal Oil Company for several years, rising to the position of Executive Secretary. She loved the work and the people she worked with. She pursued certification as an Executive Professional Secretary in 1983, and then took other college courses for enjoyment.  Darlene was an extrovert who loved family, friends and strangers. She loved to play cards, do puzzles, and find adventure near and far with Jerry. She considered herself happy, lucky, and thankful and often proclaimed “life is good.”  Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved Grandma Catherine Radtke, and an infant sister Gloria. She is survived by Jerry, son Jeff Gonyo, his wife Peg, daughter Jill Piedmont, grandchildren Nathan and Elena Gonyo, Tucker, Abe, and Charlotte Piedmont, as well as her extended family of in-laws.  Family and friends with gather at Seefeld Funeral Chapel,1025 Oregon St. in Oshkosh on Saturday, December 21 for Visitation and a Celebration of Life from 10:00 – noon immediately followed by lunch. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Remember her with a toast of white wine and a smile; or, if so led, with a donation to the IU Health Foundation – Alzheimer Resource Services (PO Box 1149, Bloomington IN 47401) or the charity of your choice.

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2019 December 5th: Daniel N. Serowiecki

Dan SerowieckiDaniel N. Serowiecki, age 82, of Northville previous longtime resident of Addison, Illinois, passed away December 5, 2019. He was born November 27, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois; son of Alexander and Sophie (Halas) Serowiecki. He was united in marriage to Jeanette C. Sikora on August 22, 1959; devoted to each other for over 60 years. 

Daniel had dual degrees; he received the first from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois and later his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. He was a pharmacist for many years until he transitioned to a health and beauty buyer and merchandiser for Osco Drugs based in Chicagoland.

Dan enjoyed hunting deer and pheasant with his best friend and brother Gilbert. He was a big sport fisherman; he spent as much time on his fishing boat on Lake Michigan as he could. Dan was most proud of his 24lb salmon catch. His love of the outdoors extended to his family farms and ecological and conservational projects. Dan also liked collecting coins, golfing, and was interested in photography. Among many hobbies was his passion for antique cars. He owned a 1947 Packard and was a member of Chicagoland Packard Club.  Dan was a hardworking intelligent businessman. He was a man of very few words but the words he chose were strong and meaningful.

Daniel is survived by his wife Jeanette; his daughter Jacqueline (Paul) Pebbles; his brother Melvin (Loraine) Serowiecki; his sisters-in-law Barbara Serowiecki and Amelia Sikora; his granddaughters, Sophie Pebbles, Sarah Pebbles, and Rose Pebbles; and his nieces, Susan Serowiecki, Denise Serowiecki, Jessica (Ben) Serowiecki-Enerson, Jennifer (Bryan) Aitkens, and Blair Wittig. He was preceded in death by his parents and his best friend and brother Gilbert Serowiecki.

The visitation will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Casterline Funeral Home, 122 West Dunlap, Northville. A funeral mass will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 46325 West Ten Mile Road, Novi. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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2019 November 20th: Jim Esp

James Esp, 69, of DeWitt, Michigan passed away on November 20, 2019. Born in Waukegan, IL, Jim graduated from St. Anastasia Elementary School, Carmel Catholic High School and the University of Illinois Chicago Circle.Jim loved nature and sports, especially golf. He had a kind heart and a love of people, he truly enjoyed getting to know all who crossed his path. He lived his life with purpose and understood the importance of family and friends.Jim was passionate about his work and had been employed with Osco Drug Stores, Genovese/Eckerd Drug Stores and Photo Marketing Association. He traveled internationally on behalf of Photo Marketing Association, leaving behind many fond friends and colleagues throughout the world.Jim is survived by his beloved immediate family: Spouse, Diane; Sons, Matthew (Julie) and Todd (Susana); and adored granddaughter, Alexis; also, brothers Robert (Bobbi), Richard (Wendy), David, Charles (Sally) and John (Nancy); numerous nephews and nieces; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald.There will be a Memorial Life Tribute on December 15, 2019 from 1- 5p.m. at Bonnie Brook Golf Course (Prayer service 2p.m.), 2800 N. Lewis Ave., Waukegan, IL. There will also be a Memorial Life Tribute in Michigan, a date and location to be confirmed.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Academy East, 2921 Coleman Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823.

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