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Valentine Claus III, age 91, of Downers Grove. US Navy (submarine service) veteran, WWII. Beloved husband of 70 years of Marilyn, nee Kolzow; loving father of Christopher (Kathy), the late Nicholas (Susan Riley), Martha (Chuck) Martin, Matthew (Jackie and the late Mary), Andrew (Karin), Anthony (Carol), Amy (Robert) Myers, Adam (Jeannie), and Adrian (Mike) Litwin; devoted grandfather of Kendra, Carolyn, Liam, Christine, Matthew, Conor, Brennan, Charlie, Andy, Mackenzie, Mason, Perry, Theresa, Adam, Kevin, Megan, Natalie, Sarah, Chelsea, Haley, Mandy, Jessica, Peter, Nicole, Laura, and Michelle; great grandfather of Miriam, Sean, Bridget, Jordan, Joey, Grace, Taylor, Theo, and Marilyn; dear brother of the late Louvalle Sterka and the late Louise Claus. Graduate Downers Grove High School, class of 1944. Mr. Claus was the former owner of Stephens Plumbing & Heating, Inc. of Downers Grove.

Visitation Tuesday, 3 – 9PM, at Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Rd., Lombard (3 blks. S. of Roosevelt Rd.) Funeral Wednesday, 9:15 AM from the funeral home to St. Mary of Gostyn Church, Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials to The Wisconsin Maritime Museum, 75 Maritime Dr., Manitowoc, WI 54220 are appreciated. Funeral info: or 630-932-1500.

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3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Knollcrest Funeral Home

1500 South Meyers Road
Lombard, IL 60148





9:15 AM
Knollcrest Funeral Home

1500 South Meyers Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Funeral Mass




10:00 AM
St. Mary of Gostyn Church

445 Prairie Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Cemetery Details


Queen of Heaven Cemetery

1400 S. Wolf Rd.
Hillside, IL 60162

Memorial Contribution

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum


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