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Obituaries October 20, 2022

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BielPAWEL BIEL

Pawel Biel, 44, passed away September 12.

Cherished son of Jadwiga (nee Korona) and Stefan Biel; beloved boyfriend and companion of Agnieszka Ochmanek; dearest brother of Andrzej (Malgorzata) Biel and Stanislaw (Malgorzata) Biel. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and numerous friends. Devoted member of the Sokol Riders Motorcycle Association and active in charitable work at church and other organizations.

Visitation was held September 22 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held September 24 at Our Lady Mother of the Church Polish Mission, 116 Hilton Street, Willow Springs. Interment, Cmentarz Komunalny, Stary Sacz, Poland. 

BielakKRYSTYNA BIELAK

Krystyna Bielak (nee Hanula).

Beloved wife of Wieslaw Bielak; loving mother of Jakub (Ewona) Bielak and Katarzyna (Marek) Wojtasow; dearest grandmother of Gabriela, Mateusz and Thomas; dear sister of Tadeusz (Hela) Hanula; also survived by nieces, nephews and extended family in Poland.

Funeral Mass was held October 12 at Sacred Heart Church, Palos Hills. Arrangements by Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd.

BraskiLINDA A. BRASKI

Linda A. Braski (nee Fisher).

Beloved wife of Bruce W. Braski; loving mother of Mandy (Daniel) Judd, Samantha, and Megan Braski; dear grandmother of Alissa, Alexis, Austin and Aralyn; fond sister of Salvatore (late Ann), Mark (Carol), Dave (Lisa), Dawn Wall (Tom), and Deborah Fisher (Lisa Becker). Dear aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held October 2 at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave., Chicago. Cremation Private. 

JOAN DACKO

Joan Dacko, nee Russin, 82, of Palos Hills, passed away peacefully on October 12.

She was the beloved wife of Paul S. Dacko; loving mother of Ronald, David (Betty) and Brian Eskra (Gina); loving grandmother of Jill (Adam) Eskra, D.J. Eskra, Veronica (Lawrence) Bright, Steffane and Elizabeth Eskra; cherished great-grandmother of Amelia Eskra, Lucas Bright, and Adaline Ramsay-Eskra; dearest sister of Theresa (the late Ronald) Bentle.

Services and Interment are private.

Arrangements entrusted to Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, Palos Hills.

HaberlandVIOLA L. “VI” HABERLAND

Viola L. “Vi” Haberland (nee Compton), 72.

Beloved wife of the late Rick Haberland; loving mother of Robert (Jennifer) and Richard A. Haberland; dear grandmother of Gracie Ann and Tessa Rose Haberland; dear sister of Edward (Alice), Raymond (Donna), Irene (Tony) Pretnik, Russell (Peggy), late Gloria McPeak, late Sharon Payne, late Linda Walker and the late Christine Burrows. Dearest aunt of many. Special mom to Shaune Costigan and Michael Whalen.

Funeral Chapel Service was held October 15 at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave., Chicago. Private Cremation. Visitation was held October 15. 

KopczykKRYSTYNA U. KOPCZYK

Krystyna U. Kopczyk (nee Stanek), 75, of Carol Stream.

She is the beloved wife of Krzysztof Kopczyk; loving mother of Jack Reczynski with friend Kristyn; devoted daughter of the late Maria (nee Karcz) and late Jan Stanek; dear sister-in-law of Andrzej (Beata) Kopczyk and Przemyslaw (Agnieszka) Kopczyk.

Visitation was held October 11 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Avenue, Willow Springs.  Funeral Services followed. Entombment Resurrection Garden Mausoleum. 

LaatzJACQUELINE A. LAATZ

Jacqueline A. Laatz “Jackie” (nee Volski), 80, lifelong resident of Willow Springs, passed away October 9.

Beloved wife of Jon Laatz; loving mother of Barbara Sizemore, Tammie (Jeff) Peters and Danielle (Steve) Radtke; cherished grandmother of Jeff Sizemore, Krysta and Jeffrey (Stephanie) Peters, Madison, Mason and Brock Radtke; devoted daughter of the late Henrietta (nee Mroch) and late James Volski; dear sister of James (Peggy), Geri (Tim) Otto, Penny Plunkett, Debbie (Doug) Hebding, late Patricia (Lane) Buck; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Private family services. Arrangements by Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd.

MadiganSTEVEN ANDREW MADIGAN

Steven Andrew Madigan, 38, died suddenly October 10.

Steve is survived by his beloved mother Patricia Madigan, dearest brother, Michael and cherished baby sister Katherine. Adored grandson of Rufus Wujcik, Jr. and preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Carol Wujcik and paternal grandparents, Thomas and Betty Madigan. Steve will be lovingly remembered by all of his aunts and uncles; Darlene Wujcik, JoAnn (Terry) Meadows, Cathy (Randy) Rowe, Barbara (Jim) Starr and Michelle (John) McGuire, the late paternal aunt Mary (late Jim) Fahey and many cousins and friends.

Funeral Chapel Service was held October 14, at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave., Chicago. Private Cremation. Visitation was held October 14.

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MaurellaTHERESA LOUISE MAURELLA

Theresa Louise Maurella,  73.

Beloved daughter of the late Carmen and the late Virginia Maurella; dear sister of Mary (Tom) Morrill and Carmen (Lynn) Maurella; loving aunt “Tree” of Tom Jr. (Dona), Dan (Kristine), Mark (Audrey), Julie (Eric) Cox, Carmen (Christy), Jason (Jamie), Tony (Linda) and Adam (Kristina). Great aunt and godmother to many. Dear friend of many. The love of her life was her dog Penny.

Funeral was held October 7 from the Richard-Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave., Chicago, to St. Faustina Kowalska Church for mass. Private interment St. Mary Cemetery. 

MeekJOAN M. MEEK

Joan M. Meek (nee Halpin), formerly of Canaryville, late of Garfield Ridge community, passed away peacefully October 6.

She was the beloved wife of William Meek; loving mother of Jennie (late Edward) O’Donnell, Willian John (Cindy) Meek and Elizabeth Meek; much loved grandmother of Morgan O’Donnell and great grandmother to Joshua; dear sister to William T. (Joan) Halpin, Patrick (Terri) Halpin, the late Michael (Patricia) Halpin and Tim (Rose) Halpin; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews and Joan always had a special place in her heart for her favorite, Jimmy Halpin.

Joan was a clerk for the Cook County Board of Elections for 27 years. She was the past member and officer of St. Gabriel’s Women’s Club, a proud member of St. Gabriel’s Kitchen Band and Midway Garden Society.

Visitation was held October 11 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Procession from the funeral home to St. Daniel the Prophet Church for a Mass of Resurrection. Entombment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Mausoleum of the Archangels.

RamirezJORGE RAMIREZ

Jorge Ramirez, 79, of Cicero, passed away peacefully at home the evening of October 11.

He was loved dearly by Alicia Marino for 61 years; cherished father of Martha Ramirez, Edwin Ramirez and German Ramirez; much loved grandfather of Vivian, Julian, Guadalupe (Jair), Melanie, and Andrea (Jorge); great grandfather of Julian, Nathan, Jair and Aaron; dear brother of Beatriz, Mercedes, Carlos, Bernardo, Hernando and Clara. Jorge was preceded in death by his other siblings, Hector, Elsy, Gaby and Luis. He will be remembered fondly by his many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held October 15 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Procession from the funeral home to All Saints Cemetery where Jorge was laid to rest. Condolences may be sent to Jorge’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

RampickLORRAINE H. RAMPICK

Lorraine H. Rampick (nee Mallak).

Beloved wife of the late Eugene C. Rampick; cherished mother of Kenneth E., Susanne M. and the late Debra A. Rampick; loving daughter of the late Leonard and the late Martha Mallak. Fond aunt, cousin and friend to many.

Funeral was held September 19, prayers at the funeral home preceding a Mass of Christian Burial at Two Holy Martyrs/St. Symphorosa Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation was held September 18 at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home 5749 Archer Ave., Chicago. 

RodakDARIUSZ RODAK

Dariusz Rodak, 49, passed away September 7.

Cherished son of Karolina (nee Putlak) and Stanislaw Rodak; loving brother of Renata Rodak. Also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, 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. 

WaliczekRICHARD B. WALICZEK SR.

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyRichard B. Waliczek Sr. passed away peacefully at home with his loving family at his side.

He was an Army veteran. 

He was the beloved husband of Nora C. (nee Klenck); loving father of Richard B. Jr. (Cindy) and Joel C. (Linda) Waliczek; cherished grandfather of Christian, Jacob, Caden and Cooper. He was preceded in death by his sister Shirley and brother Leroy; dear brother-in-law of Madeline and uncle to David Waliczek and Carolyn Desmet.

Visitation was held October 17 at Petkus Lemont Funeral Home, 12401 S. Archer Ave. Lemont. Funeral services were held October 18 at St. Bernard’s Church for a mass of Christian Burial. Rich was laid to rest at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers donations in Rich’s name to Disabled American Veterans Association would be greatly appreciated. Please offer your thoughts and condolences to Rich’s family on his personal website at: www.foranfuneralhome.com.

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