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Obituaries September 1, 2022

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GreskaJOYCE GRESKA

Joyce Greska (nee Wydra), age 64, passed away August 6.

Beloved wife of Michael Greska; loving mother of Breeanna (Julian) Villalpando and Michael Greska; cherished daughter of Shirley (nee Erjavec) and the late Stanley Wydra; dearest sister of Karen (the late Mark) Powley. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held August 14 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 15, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Daniel the Prophet Church, 5358 S. Nashville Ave., Chicago for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

GrucaBERNADETTE M. GRUCA

Bernadette M. Gruca, age 71, passed away August 6.

Cherished daughter of the late Stefania (nee Papciak) and the late Jacob Gruca; dear sister of the late Theodore (Barbara) Gruca and Florence (the late Bruno) Soss. Also survived by loving neighbors, friends, nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held August 10 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Faustina Kowalska Church, 5255 S. McVicker Avenue, Chicago for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

KilimnikMARIA KILIMNIK

Maria Kilimnik (nee Barabach), age 81, passed away August 3.

Beloved wife of the late Jozef Kilimnik; loving mother of Elzbieta (Marek) Oblinski and Katharina Kilimnik; dear grandmother of Joanna (Patryk) Kaczmarczyk, Malgorzata (Mateusz) Piton and Tomasz Oblinski; dearest great-grandmother of Adam, Zofia and David; cherished daughter of the late Karolina (nee Markiewicz) and the late Franciszek Barabach; fond sister of Kazimiera Ptak, Boleslaw (Sabina) Barabach and Janina (the late Henryk) Mieczkowski. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held August 8 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 9, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th Street, Palos Hills for Mass. Interment, Cmentarz Parafialny, Scinawka Średnia, Poland. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

KopeckDOROTHY KOPECK

Dorothy Kopeck, age 91, passed away August 3.

Loving mother of John (Nancy) Kopeck, Donna (Chris) Donnelly, the late Debra Kopeck-Collazo and Diane (Steve) Kochanny; dear grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 13. Also survived by many relatives and friends.

Visitation was held August 9 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, Service and Time of Remembrance were held at the funeral home. Interment, Bethania Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

LamotteJOANNE “DEE DEE” LAMOTTE

Joanne “Dee Dee” Lamotte (nee Young), age 66, passed away August 21.

Beloved wife of the late Nicholas, former wife of Ruben Flores; loving mother of Ruben Flores Jr., Joseph (Pauline) Flores, Martha Flores, and William (Jenal) Flores; dear grandmother of Michael, Noelle, Johnny, Breanna, Vivica, Marissa, William Jr., Anthony, Robert, Anabel, Jayson, Angelica, Xavier, Lilia and Benjamin; great grandmother of four; dear sister of Deborah (Westly) Garner, Particia (Brian) Mullen, Linda Young, William Young Jr., Patricia (late Peter) Aust, the late Peggy (late Mike) Estes and the late Ernest Waites Jr. Loving second Mom to Lisa Peszat and Joanie Reynolds. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Chapel Service was held August 25, at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave. (Corner of Lorel). Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Visitation was held August 24. For more information, please call 773-767-1840 or www.richardmidwayfh.com.

EUGENE F. MARCIN

Eugene F. Marcin, 78, of Palos Hills, passed away on August 22.

He was the beloved husband of the late Martha B. Marcin, loving father of Cynthia (Amiel) Pappas and Ken (fiancée Lisa) Marcin; cherished grandfather of Kenny and Meaghan Marcin, Mark, Andrew, Nicholas and Anthony Pappas, Alexander and Dylan Lorek; dearest brother of Dorothy Maslan and Ruth Klimasz; dear uncle and great-uncle of many nieces and nephews.

He was a proud member of Operating Engineers Local 150 for 50 years.

Family and friends will gather for visitation on Friday, September 2, from 9-11 a.m. at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Hwy. Palos Hills. Entombment Resurrection Mausoleum.

MedleyLEONARD D. MEDLEY

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyLeonard D. Medley, age 84, passed away July 10. US Army Veteran.

Loving father of Dena (Rachel) Medley-Rivas and Todd (Angelica) Medley; dear grandfather of Chase Covey (Lindsey Soderberg), Tatum Covey (Josh Floyd), Carlyn Covey (Ryan Fleming), Olivia Medley, Lilliana Medley and Grayson Medley; cherished son of the late Martha (nee Hunter) and the late William Medley; fond brother of Myrna (the late Eugene) Swaim and William (Bernie) Medley. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Member of the Elks Club.

Visitation was held August 20 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, with Service and Time of Remembrance held at the funeral home. Interment, Mount Vernon Cemetery, Lemont. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

NavvaroROSELYNE NAVARRO

Roselyne Navarro (nee Freeman), age 66, passed away August 19.

Wife of Tereso Navarro; loving mother of Josie Freeman, Angela (Jacob) Morajka, Sandra Amador, Elizabeth Amador (Norberto Vazquez), Anthony Navarro (Gisela Ramirez) and the late Crystal Renee Serrano; dear grandmother of Azalia, Jalina Rodriguez, Rosie, Sergio, Alex and Antonio Pedrote, Antonio Amador-Vazquez; fond sister of Monique (Mark) Bridges, Marie Freeman, the late Albert, the late Perry, the late Bill, the late George and the late Claude Freeman.

Funeral Chapel Service was held August 26 at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave. (Corner of Lorel). Interment Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery. Visitation was held August 25. For more information, please call 773-767-1840 or www.richardmidwayfh.com.

PrivaraWILLIAM A. PRIVARA, JR.,

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyWilliam A. Privara, Jr., age 73, passed away July 31. US Army Veteran.

Former spouse and friend of May Jane Privara; loving father of Mary Privara and Tina Privara; dear grandfather of Matthew Privara, Aiden Spatz and Lily Spatz; cherished son of the late Helen (nee Kanter) and the late William Privara; fond brother of Tom Privara and Adena Baskovich. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held August 9 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 10, Service and Time of Remembrance were held at the funeral home. Interment, Fairmount-Willow Hills Memorial Park, Willow Springs. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

RyanROBERT P. RYAN

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyRobert P. Ryan, age 90, passed away August 1. US Army Korean War Veteran.

Beloved husband of Carole (nee VanDuyse) Ryan; loving father of Robin (Jim) Lunn and Linda Seiler; step-father of Edward Bringle and his family; treasured papa of William Ryan Seiler and Samantha Lunn; dearest great-grandfather of Julian Robert; cherished son of the late Rose (nee Hajbrowski) and the late Charles Ryan; fond brother of the late Michael, the late John, the late Rita, Julia, Rose Mary and Mary. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Cremation rites have been accorded and entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

SanchezMANUEL SANCHEZ

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyManuel Sanchez, age 94, of Chicago, passed away peacefully at home August 17, surrounded by his loving family. Korean War Army Veteran.

Beloved husband for 70 years, of Ophelia “Fally” (nee Venegas); cherished father of Jesse (Peg) Sanchez, Alan Sanchez, Mario Sanchez, Maria (Daniel Spears) Sanchez; proud grandpa of Joel (Patty) Sanchez and the late Jason Sanchez; loving son of the late Jesus and Lupe Sanchez; dear brother of the late John (Lucia) Sanchez, Gilbert Sanchez, and Lillian “Mona” (Leavie) Catledge; great grandfather of JJ, Sam, Mia and Joss. He is survived and was loved by many Sanchez and Venegas family members, lifelong friends and former Chicago Board of Education associates.

Visitation was held at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave., Summit, August 22. Visitation was held August 23 at the funeral home until time of Celebration of Life Service. Private burial at St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Manuel’s name may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children at https://lovetotherescue.org/ or Guiding Eyes for the Blind at https://www.guidingeyes.org/. Please visit Manuel’s personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

SmithGEORGE R. SMITH

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyGeorge R. Smith, age 79, passed away August 4. US Army Veteran.

Lovingly survived by his family and friends.

Visitation was held August 12 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 13, Service and Time of Remembrance were held at the funeral home. Interment, Fairmount-Willow Hills Memorial Park, Willow Springs. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

TillmanMARTIN “PETE” TILLMAN

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyMartin “Pete” Tillman, age 83, passed away August 1. US Army Veteran.

Beloved husband of Lorraine (nee Stuhly) Tillman; loving father of Laura A. (Steven) Sauerwein and Mark W. (Violet) Tillman; dear grandfather of Christopher (Kate) Sauerwein, Mary Kate Sauerwein and Andrzej Tillman; dearest great-grandfather of Quinn and Lulu Sauerwein; cherished son of the late Marie and the late Martin Tillman; fond brother of Dolly Shuksta, Joan Jarzyna and the late Helen. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held August 4 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 5, Service and Time of Remembrance were held at the funeral home. Cremation rites to be accorded. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

IGNACY WONS

Ignacy Wons, age 89, passed away July 30.

Beloved husband of the late Jozefa (nee Wolanczyk) Wons; loving father of Barbara, Mary, John (Vicki) and Stanley; dear grandfather of Jimmy, Tommy and Jessica; cherished son of the late Maria and the late Antoni Wons; dearest brother of the late Antoni, the late Karol, the late Stefan and the late Joanna. Fond uncle and cousin of many.

Memorial donations are suggested to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Orland Park. Visitation was held August 4 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 5, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 15050 S. Wolf Rd., Orland Park, for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

 

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