GENEVA – In the span of six days, Geneva lost a former mayor, a former police chief and a former city treasurer, according to officials and obituary notices.
Richard “Dick” Lindholm, 91, who served as mayor from 1965 to 1973 after serving as an alderman from 1959 to 1965, died Oct. 26.
James E. Mayer, 88, who was city treasurer from 1985 from 1993, and alderman from 1975 to 1979, died the same day on Oct. 26.
And Scott B. Brundige, 93, a former police chief in Geneva, died Oct. 31.
Mayor Kevin Burns said he and Lindholm were friends for a long time.
“Everyone and anyone I speak to about Dick often used the same language: Kind, generous and classy,” Burns said. “I was proud to be his friend and I was most honored when he would send me notes and letters throughout my term as mayor congratulating me on the good work being done by our team and encouraging me to continue doing my best for his beloved Geneva.”
His daughter, Nancy Lindholm of California, noted that her father died the day after his 91st birthday, on Oct. 25.
“He was a fabulous family man,” Nancy Lindholm said. “He loved Geneva greatly. He was always involved in city issues and planning. Even a week before he passed away, he was talking about his vision for how a certain corner of Geneva should be redeveloped for commercial and residential use – Richards and State Street.”
Geneva History Museum Executive Director Terry Emma said when Richard Lindholm was mayor in 1970, the city created its first zoning ordinance and future land use map, which was not amended until 1995.
The land-cash ordinance was to make developers pay for utilities to be extended to their new subdivisions, Emma stated in an email.
“Geneva was the first town in the state of Illinois to develop a land-cash ordinance that was not challenged in court," Emma's email stated.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Geneva History Museum, 113 S. Third St., Geneva, IL 60134.
Mayer was a math teacher at the former Coultrap Junior High School in Geneva where both Emma and city attorney Charles Radovich were in his class.
“He was a great guy,” Emma said. “He’d come to our class reunions and he really loved his students. No matter how long it had been, he remembered your name.”
Radovich said his was the first eighth grade class to be at Coultrap when it was converted in 1958 to a junior high school from a high school. The building was converted to an elementary school, but was eventually torn down in 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hines VA Hospital, 5000 Fifth Ave., Hines, IL 60141.
Brundige began his career with the Geneva Police Department in 1950, eventually becoming assistant chief in 1960 and then police chief from 1972 to 1979.
Burns said city records show that Brundige was the project director for what became Tri-Com Central Dispatch for Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles and other agencies.
His youngest daughter, Jennifer Brundige of Schaumburg, said her father’s work to establish the Tri-Com 911 system involved going to Washington, D.C. to work with the Federal Communications Commission.
“That whole thing went live July 4, 1976,” Jennifer Brundige said. “They had people from all over the world coming to check it out."
After his retirement from the police department, Scott Brundige worked for the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s Office as a deputy clerk, taking fine payments from people who went to court, Jennifer Brundige said.
“I remember when I was in kindergarten and my dad was a cop and he came to talk to my kindergarten class in full uniform,” Jennifer Brundige said. “I was so proud. Just a couple of weeks ago, we were together and I said, ‘Dad, I thought you were my hero back then and you’re still my hero today.’'
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva, IL 60134 or Geneva History Museum, 113 S. Third St., Geneva, IL 60134
Visitation for Brundige will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St., Geneva, with mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at St. Peter Catholic Church.