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Obituaries October 13, 2022

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REV. JAMES D. BEATH

Rev. James D. Beath, associate pastor of Divine Savior Parish in Norridge, passed away Sept. 29. He was 69 years old.

Beath was born on Sept. 3, 1953, in Chicago. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago, Niles College in Niles and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1979, by Cardinal John Cody, and celebrated his first solemn Mass on May 20 of the same year at St. Benedict Parish in Chicago.

Beath served the people of the archdiocese as assistant pastor at the following parishes: St. Gertrude Parish in Franklin Park; St. Mary of Celle Parish in Berwyn; St. Peter Parish in Skokie; St. Albert the Great Parish in Burbank; St. Barbara Parish in Brookfield; Divine Infant Jesus Parish in Westchester; and Divine Savior Parish in Norridge. He also served in the same role at the following parishes located in Chicago: St. Mary of the Assumption Parish on 137th Street; St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish on Kenmore Avenue; St. Dorothy Parish on 78th Street; St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish on 64th Street and St. Edward Parish on Sunnyside Avenue.

Rev. Alec J. Wolff, orat, STL, JCL, presiding judge at the Metropolitan Tribunal of the archdiocese, recalled that “under a stern façade, Beath had a gentle soul.” Wolff remembered his longtime friend had a heart of gold. “If somebody needed help, he was there. You didn’t have to ask – he was just there for you.” According to Wolff, Beath had numerous hobbies, but music was the one he treasured the most.

Rev. James F. Blazek, associate pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Deerfield, met his friend, Beath, in 1967 while attending Quigley Preparatory Seminary. “He loved being a parish priest and working with the people he served,” Blazek said.

All funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, at St. Eugene Church, 7958 W. Foster Avenue in Chicago. Visitation hours will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, immediately followed by the funeral Mass. Rev. Henry Kricek will be the main celebrant and homilist. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove.

CloneyJOYCE ANN CLONEY

Joyce Ann Cloney (nee Sprandel), 73, passed away September 7.

Beloved wife of the late Patrick Cloney; loving mother of Brittany Gedzius, Ryan (Samantha) Gedzius, Greg (Anjela) Gedzius and Harry (Laura) Gedzius; dear grandmother of Michael, Matthew, Gregory, Joseph, Destiny, Jack, Gianna, Nicholas and Arielle; dearest great-grandmother of Lynnux and Ethan; cherished daughter of the late Shirley (nee Hansen) and the late Elmer Sprandel; fond sister of Alan (Cheryl) Sprandel, Ronald (Judith) Sprandel, Mary Lou (Patrick) Nelson, Richard (Mary) Sprandel and the late David Sprandel. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held September 17 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, with a Service and Time of Remembrance held at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded. 

GomezLUPE GOMEZ

Lupe Gomez (nee Navarez), 43, of Oak Forest, passed away September 21.

Devoted mother of Kayla Gomez and Emily Gomez, the late Briana Rodriguez and the late Emilio Rodriguez; cherished daughter of the late Lupe Mata. She will be dearly missed by her many siblings. Lupe will be dearly missed by her many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held September 30 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Visitation was held October 1 at the funeral home. Procession from the funeral home to St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church for Mass. Cremation Rites Private. Condolences may be sent to Lupe’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

JaronczykANDRZEJ JARONCZYK

Andrzej Jaronczyk, 81, passed away September 10.

Beloved husband of the late Wladyslawa (nee Urbaniak) Jaronczyk; loving father of Irena (Wlodzimierz) Ozga, Halina (Robert) Rusnak and Szczepan (Margaret) Jaronczyk; dear grandfather of Mariusz, Tomasz, Kamilka, Lily, Nicole, Alex, Maya, Oliver and Lena. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held September 14 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held September 15 at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th Street, Palos Hills for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. 

LopezANNE LOPEZ

Anne Lopez (nee Aragon), 92, of Chicago’s Archer Heights community, passed away September 29.

She was the loving mother of Ruben Lopez Jr., Arthur Lopez, Maria (Dennis) Merz and Laura (Daniel) Balles; much loved grandmother of Jennifer (Patrick) Polick, Nicole Merz and Dana (Brett) Rehr; dearest great grandmother of Trinity, Tristan, Liam, Brayden, Grayson, Ryland, Jillian Ballas and Natalie Ballas; dear sister of Natividad Aragon, Charles Aragon and Josephina Aragon-Marroquin. Aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held October 3 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Procession from the funeral home to Our Lady of Snows Church for Mass. Cremation private. Condolences may be sent to Anne’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

JAMES F. LOUDA

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyJames F. Louda, 75, passed away September 13.

He was an Army veteran.

Beloved husband of the late Sandra Louda; cherished son of the late Mary (nee Pech) and the late James Louda; dear brother of Barbara (the late Ron) Popjoy; fond brother-in-law of Veronica Husick and Susan Teresi. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held September 21 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held September 22  at the funeral home. Interment, Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside. 

NoodwangLAURIE A. NOODWANG

Laurie A. Noodwang (nee Fic), 58, passed away August 25.

Loving mother of Denise Noodwang, Richard Noodwang Jr. and James Noodwang; cherished daughter of the late Mary (nee Ciciura) and the late Joseph Fic. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held September 10 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. 

PasinskROBERT PASINSKI SR.

Robert Pasinski Sr., 72, formerly of Chicago’s McKinley Park community, passed away October 5.

He is the loving father of Robert, Jr. (Jill DDS) Pasinski and Vickie (Kevin) Thornley; dear grandfather of Grace, Sophia and Robbie; fond brother of Judith Nelson, Sharon (Ted) Sucharski, Christine (Tom) Buzecky and Raymond Jr,; uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held October 9 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 Archer Avenue, Willow Springs. Funeral was held October 10 at the funeral home. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 

PopielecNANCY A. POPIELEC

Nancy A. Popielec (nee Flannigan), 69, passed away October 1.

Beloved wife of Waldemar Popielec; loving mother of Andrew Popielec, Christine (Thomas) Kozmel and Michael Popielec; cherished daughter of the late Anna (nee Ewen) and the late Robert Flannigan; dear sister of Mary Kate Walsh and Patrick Flannigan. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held October 5 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 6 at the funeral home. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. 

RaberBEVERLY A. RABER

Beverly A. Raber (nee Robison), 80, passed away September 7.

Beloved wife of the late Carl Raber; loving mother of Carl (Margaret) Raber, Eric Raber (Lynn Woods), Kurt (Teresa) Raber and Bonni Raber (Joe Bochniak); dear grandmother of Eric, Kevin, Olivia, Gabrielle, Shane, Adam and Sophie; cherished daughter of the late Tillie (nee Meyer) and the late William Robison; dearest sister of Art Robison, Ron Robison, Joan Kosieniak and Dan Robison. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held September 9 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Cremation rites to be accorded. For more information, 

FLORENCE A. RAFAC

Florence A. Rafac, 92, late of Palos Park, passed away on October 6.

She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Rafac; mother of Kristine (Stephen) Kahn, Tom (Karen) Rafac, Kathleen (late Walter) Chase, and John Rafac; grandmother of 13, and great-grandmother of 17; sister of Ruth (Thomas) Banasiak, the late Charles (late Rita), and Grace Locke; aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Florence was an associate member of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 13, at Thornridge Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 14, at Our Lady of the Woods Church. Interment St. Mary Cemetery.

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

SaltoRENE SALTO

Rene Salto, 18, suddenly passed away September 26.

Will be forever missed by his beloved family and friends.

Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer Ave. Chicago. Funeral Mass was held at St Paul Catholic Church, Chicago. Final resting place is Woodlawm Cemetery Forest Park. To leave any tributes, please visit Funeral Home website at wwwSzykownyFuneralHomeIL.Com.

SchroederRANDALL A. SCHROEDER

Randall A. Schroeder, 67, passed away September 2.

Loving dad of Sarah (Brian) Green, Elise (Tony) Krch, John (Brianna) Schroeder and Dan (Nicole) Schroeder; dearest papa of Michaela, Layla, Emily, Isabella, Hannah, Aubrey, Sophia, T.J., Billy, Keira, Jack, Ashlynn and Cailin; cherished son of the late Grace (nee Wlodarski) and the late August Schroeder; fond brother of Jacqueline (the late Robert) Bianchi. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held September 10 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Cremation rites have been accorded.

SheppardDANIEL SHEPPARD

Daniel Sheppard passed away October 2.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Irene Sheppard and his brothers, James and Thomas. He will be lovingly remembered by his sisters-in-law, Tillie and Tootsie. He was the loving uncle of Michael, Patricia, Bobby, Billy, Sandy, David, Kevin and Bill and great uncle to many.

Visitation was held October 5 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Procession from the funeral home to Resurrection Cemetery where Daniel was laid to rest next to his mother.

TkalecIVAN TKALEC

Ivan Tkalec, 90, of Willow Springs, passed away October 5.

He is the beloved husband of Regina (nee Hozian); loving father of John (Gelse) Tkalec; dearest grandfather of Ethan Tkalec; devoted son of the late Ann (nee Vucko) and late Stefan Tkalec; preceded in death by his siblings, Maria Behek, Stefan Tkalec, Ann Zgalich, Tony Tkalec and Martin Tkalec; fond uncle to many.

Visitation was held October 9 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Avenue, Willow Springs. Funeral was held October 10 from the funeral home to St. Mary Slovenian Catholic Mission, Lemont for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 

LUDVIK F UHLIR

Ludvik F Uhlir, 75, passed away September 16.

Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer Ave, Chicago. Funeral Mass was held at Five Holy Martyrs Church, Chicago. Final Interment in Poland. To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIl.com.

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