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Obituaries May 12, 2022

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AndersonWILLIAM C. ANDERSON JR.

William C. Anderson Jr., age 67, of Countryside, passed away suddenly April 4.

Loving son of the late Bill and late Florence Anderson; cherished brother of Sherry (Bernie) Kooyenga, the late Wayne (Linda) Anderson and Pat (late Ken) Conger; dear uncle of Debbie (Ray) Anhalt, Cindy (Jason) Villalobos, Christopher (Annie) Anderson and David Anderson; great uncle of 5.

A Memorial Visitation was held at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer (55th street just west of Harlem) April 30 until time of Celebration of Life Service, officiated by Pastor David Bauer. In lieu of flowers memorials to White Sox Charities (https://www.mlb.com/whitesox/charities) or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (https://www.bcrf.org/), in William’s name would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent to William’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

FraustoELISEO FRAUSTO

Eliseo Frausto, age 47, of Summit, passed away May 1.

He was the beloved husband of Rafela Moreno; loving father of David Frausto, Michelle Frausto and Joanna Frausto; dear brother of Gloria Frausto and Isaias, Anna Bello, Flor (Osvaldo) Galo, Zenaida Frausto, Artemio Frausto, Antonio Frausto, Alejandro Frausto, Fernando Frausto and Artemio Frausto; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held May 6 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 West Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held May 7 at the funeral home until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Joseph Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Eliseo’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

GonzalezMARIA GUADALUPE GONZALEZ

Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez, age 80, of Chicago, Gage Park community, passed away peacefully April 29.

She was the beloved wife of Juventino Lopez; loving mother of Leticia Lopez (Cesar), Lidia (Martin) Olvera, Juan Lopez, Maria (Paul) Magnetti, Rocio (Cesar) Galindo, Salvador (Eva) Lopez, Carmen (Erlin) Reyes, Consuelo (Hilario) Lopez and Tino Lopez; cherished grandmother and great grandmother of many.

Visitation was held May 4 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 West Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held May 5 at the funeral home until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Gall Church for a Mass of Chrisitan Burial. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Maria’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

SCOTT JAY

Scott Jay, age 69, of Brookfield, passed away April 29.

Beloved husband of Marianne Jay (nee Gospodarczyk); loving dad of Matthew (Audrey) Jay, Michael (Wanda) Jay and Tiffany (Ryan) Sitter; grandfather of Joaliz, Yaneliz, Yandiel, Theodore, Elliot, Savannah and Ryan Jr.; brother of the late Jacqueline Betancourt, Hubert (Gail) Jay III, and Barbara (Robert) Chakmakjian; uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Memorial gathering was held May 10 to time of Service at Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Interment Private. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com.

KojakJUSTIN JAN KOJAK

Justin Jan Kojak, age 72, of Plainfield, formerly of Chicago, Brighton Park community.

Beloved husband of Krystyna (nee Cygan); devoted son of the late Aniela (nee Murawska) and late Albin Kojak; dearest brother of Wojciech (Janina) Kojak, Lucy (Patrick) Orr and the late Zygmunt (Cecylia) Kojak; fond brother-in-law of Edward (Malgorzata) Cygan, and late Jozef Cygan; dear uncle and cousin of many.

Visitation was held May 6 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Funeral was held May 7 from the funeral home to Our Lady, Mother of the Church Polish Mission for Mass. Interment St. Casimir Cemetery.  708-839-8999 or www.ZarzyckiManorChapels.com.

JOAN KAZUPSKI

Joan Repel (nee Kazupski), age 82, of Chicago, Clearing community, passed away peacefully April 25.

She was the beloved mother of Edward Jr. (Dorie) Kazupski, Jorene (Jeff) Fergle,William Kazuspki, Gerie Kazupski and Terry (Kathy) Kazupski; much loved grandmother of Joe (Tammy) Kazupski, Ed Kazupski III, Billy Kazupski , Katielynn (Gambino) Maza, T.J. Kazupski, Julia Kazupski and Claudia Kazupski; loving great grandmother of Cody, Chloe and Gaston. Proud Mama of her fur babies, Jack and Jill. Joan worked for over 20 years as a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery at Holy Cross Hospital.

Joan will be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery. All services are private. Condolences may be sent to Joan’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

LechnerLUANNE E. LECHNER

Luanne E. Lechner (nee Miklos), age 86, of Chicago, passed away April 16.

Beloved wife of the late James M. Lechner; fond mother of James M. (Gwen) Lechner Jr., Michael (Wendy) Lechner, Kenneth (Jennifer) Lechner and Daniel (Sarah) Lechner; grandmother of Nicole, Laura, Christopher, Joseph, Jaclyn and Abigail; great grandmother of Brandon; sister of Ronald (Betty Lou) Miklos, Carol Lee Obis; aunt of many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Irena for the care given to Luanne and the late Jim.

Visitation was held April 21 and April 22 at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Funeral procession to St. Louise de Marillac Church, La Grange Park for Mass 10:00. Interment Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Justice. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to: Alzheimer’s Association of Chicago 225 N. Michigan Ave. FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or West Suburban Humane Society, 1901 W. Ogden Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60515. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com. If you wish to send a sympathy card to the family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o the Luanne E. Lechner Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

MaracichHELEN MARACICH

Helen Maracich (nee Miller), age 98, of LaGrange, formerly of North Riverside, passed away April 21.

Beloved wife of the late Nicholas J. Maracich; dear mother of Nancy Maracich and Judith (Peter) Hughes; Helen was preceded in death by all of her siblings and their spouses: Vlasta (Joseph) Nohava, Laddie (Floy) Miller, Mildred (George) Cermak and Jerry (Evelyn) Miller; aunt of many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation was held April 25 to time of Service at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd.  9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Interment private Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Please omit flowers memorials appreciated to your favorite charity. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com. If you wish to send a sympathy card to the family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o Helen Maracich. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

MarinJAMES MARIN

James Marin, age 32, of Summit, passed away April 30.

He was the loving father of Nathaniel Jameson Marin and Savannah Marie Marin; dear son of Gloria Frausto and loving brother of Janet (Rafael) Mendez. James will be missed by his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation was held May 6 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held May 7 at the funeral home until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Joseph Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to James’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

NievesSAMANTHA MARIE NIEVES

Samantha Marie Nieves, age 23, of Summit, taken from us unexpectedly April 30.

She was the cherished daughter of Victor Nieves and Liana Laboy (Derrick Phillips); much loved sister of Victor, Amanda, Joshua, Jeremy, Jacob, Mariah and Bella; adored granddaughter of Gladys and Victor Irizarry, Victor Sr. and Wanda Nieves and Isabel and Gilbert Mercado and George and Rosa Laboy. Samantha will be missed by her many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held May 5 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 West Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held May 6 at the funeral home until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to Argo Temple Church of God in Christ located at 7435 W. 64th Street, Summit, where Samantha was waked until time of Services. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Samantha’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

ALEXANDRA RODRIGUEZ

Alexandra Rodriguez, 36, late of Orland Park, passed away on May 1.

She was the mom of Ayva, Thomas, and Jovan; daughter of Mario and Beatriz (née Tamayo) Rodriguez; sister of Beatriz Lappay, and Elizabeth Rodriguez; companion of Enrique Duenas; niece, aunt, cousin, and friend of many.

Alexandra was a R.N. with many years of dedicated service.

Visitation and funeral service were held on May 6 at Thornridge Funeral Home. Interment was private.

Arrangements entrusted to Thornridge Funeral Home (Janusz Family Funeral Service).

SteinleTHOMAS STEINLE

Thomas Charles Steinle, age 62, of Chicago, Clearing community, passed away April 23, after a prolonged battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Tom was a life-long member of the Carpenters Union, working on many of Chicago’s major skyscrapers and hospitals.

Tom is survived by his loving sister, Laura Steinle Kreft, his two brothers William Robert Steinle and Mark Steven Steinle. William is mentally challenged and resides at Good Shepherd Manor. William played a pivotal part in this journey, donating his own stem cells to prolong Tom’s life. Tom also had many loving family members including his niece Alison Kreft McKell and her son Sean, John Jordan Kreft and his wife Lander, Julia Steinle, Caroline Steinle, Nicholas Steinle, and Tessa Steinle. He will be sorely missed by all.

Visitation was held April 29 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held at the funeral home April 30 until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to Two Holy Martyrs Parish, St. Rene Goupil Church for Mass. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery Garden Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers donations to Good Shepherd Manor would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent to Thomas’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

Rev Wulsch MichaelREV. MICHAEL A. WULSCH

Rev. Michael A. Wulsch, former assistant pastor at Our Lady of the Ridge Parish in Chicago Ridge, passed away April 27, 2022. He was 76.

Fr. Wulsch was born on Sept. 30, 1945, in Chicago. He attended St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School and De LaSalle Institute in Chicago and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 1972, by Cardinal John Cody, and celebrated his first solemn Mass on May 13 of the same year at Queen of the Universe Parish in Chicago.

Fr. Wulsch began his service to the people of the archdiocese as an assistant pastor at Our Lady of the Ridge Parish in Chicago Ridge and as associate pastor at St. Frances of Rome Parish in Cicero. Later, he served as pastor at the following parishes: St. Veronica Parish on Whipple Street and St. Monica Parish on Foster Avenue, (where he served for 15 years) both in Chicago and St. Peter Parish in Skokie (where he served for 14 years). He retired in 2018.

Msgr. Patrick Pollard, retired archdiocesan priest, remembered the “incredibly engaging personality” of his classmate. “Mike was able to listen to people with patience, understanding, and a smile,” Pollard said. He added that Fr. Wulsch’s years at St. Monica and later at St. Peter Church were filled with challenges and joys. “Mike served for many years as dean, striving to help neighboring pastors shepherd their communities,” Pollard said.

Rev. Robert Tonelli, retired archdiocesan priest, had been friends with Fr. Wulsch since seminary. “He was a very generous soul, very accommodating, very gentle-minded. He always listened to people,” Tonelli said. “May 10 was a sacred day for us: He would always show up at our (ordination) anniversaries. He became pastor and people loved him.” Tonelli added: “I’m going to miss him.”

Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

BARBARA J. ZIELINSKI

Barbara J. Zielinski nee Cummings, 75, resident of Palos Hills, passed away suddenly on May 5.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thaddeus ” Ted” Zielinski; loving mother of Todd (Debbie), Tom (Mariette) Zielinski and the late Mary Ivanov. Cherished grandmother of Robin Zielinski, Candice (Ruben) Rodriguez, Amanda (Curtis) Kruder, Denise Walters, Nick Zielinski, Noah and Taylor Zielinski; proud great-grandmother of 6;, dear sister of Bill (Donna) and Jack (Diane) Cummings; dearest sister in- law of -late Kathleen Zielinski, kind aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was May 9 and funeral services were held May 10 from Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Hwy., Palos Hills, to Sacred Heart Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

 

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