Alvin Warrington, 86, Arlington Heights, Ill., died Jan. 25, 2003. He was born Dec. 15, 1916.
Alvin served six years during World War II in the North Atlantic, Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean seas, ending his career as a chief motor machinist mate. Alvin's hobby was repairing old gas engines and he was a member of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Association and the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club, where he attended annual steam shows and exhibited his 1943 Willys Model MB Jeep that he purchased in Capua, Italy, at the end of his military career. He was also a lifetime member of VFW Post 981, Arlington Heights.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Warrington (Burke); former wife, Angela Warrington (Cassara) of Palos Heights; children Mary Warren of New Lenox, Jack (Jen) Warrington of Burbank, Rose Fonter of Omaha, Neb., Alva (Dan) Kreutzer of Elk Grove Village, Alan (Diane) Warrington of West Chicago, Lillian Warrington of Palos Hills, and Anna (Gerald) Siubowski of Palos Hills; and 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Peg Pfeiffer
Bernard Geniesse, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., died Nov. 29, 2002. He was born Oct. 18, 1927.
He was a member of the EUP Antique Equipment Association and the Buckley Old Engine Club, and he participated in many shows throughout Michigan and Florida. Bernie was very well known and respected, and along with his wife, Katie, he was a fixture in local shows, fairs and parades. He will be sorely missed by the engine community.
Bernard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Katie; and his children Bernard Jr., David, Michael, Susanne and Robert (Bob). He was preceded in death by a son, Francis.
Submitted by Susanne Geniesse-Smith
Bernard J. Langner, Hayward, Calif., died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003. He was 81 years old.
Barney was a caring, giving and helping man, and for that he gained and held the friendship of many. He was a charter member of California Branch 3 of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association. He led and served Branch 3 in many ways over the past 25 years, and was actively involved to the end. Barney was an organizer of some of the most successful shows and exhibits, and his writing skills were appreciated by all who received Branch 3's newsletter.
A Pearl Harbor survivor, he was active in the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, and was a past president of Kaneohe Klippers, an organization of survivors who were stationed on Kaneohe that fateful Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941.
Barney is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virginia; five children; 10 grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren.
Submitted by Chuck Schoppe, president, Branch 3