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Obituaries November 10, 2022

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AvilaGUADALUPE AVILA

Guadalupe Avila, age 90, passed away October 7.

Beloved husband of the late Alicia (nee Vasquez) Avila; loving father of Dolores Yracheta; dear grandfather of Timothy Yracheta III and Nicholas (Alexis) Yracheta; dearest great-grandfather of Calix, Jaxon, Nixon and Zayn; fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held October 15 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice with a Service and Time of Remembrance held at the funeral home. Interment, Saint Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

CORRINE DABROWSKI

Corrine Dabrowski (nee Klein), longtime resident of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away peacefully October 31.

Beloved wife of the late Thaddeus “Ted the Barber” Dabrowski; loving mother of Tad (Cathy) Dabrowski; cherished grandmother of Staci Dabrowski; dearest sister of the late Al Klein.

Visitation was held November 5 until time of Service at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Cremation private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Corrine’s memory to Misercordia Home, www.misercordia.com would be greatly appreciated.

ChavezFLORA SALINAS DE CHAVEZ

Flora Salinas De Chavez, age 70, passed away October 21. 

Will be forever missed by her loving family and friends.

Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral home, Jonathan F Siedlecki, Owner/Director. Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Chicago. Final resting place Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside. To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIl.com.

ANTHONY JOHN KAVALAUSKAS

Anthony J. Kavalauskas, 44, of Oak Lawn, passed away suddenly on October 30.

He was the devoted father of Sebastian Kavalauskas; cherished son to William and Marie Celine nee Gawelczyk Kavalauskas; dearest brother of Tracy (Todd) Koziol and Keith (Kinga) Kavalauskas; loving partner of Alexa Pavlopoulos; dearest uncle of Samantha, Scott (Kellie), Sean, Natalia and Mila; proud great uncle of Brynlee and Vivien.

He was a member of IBEW Local 134.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association would be appreciated.

Funeral services were held Nov. 5 at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Hwy., Palos Hills. Interment private

MALGORZATA KUCHARSKI

Malgorzata Kucharski (nee Zajac), 39, of Worth, formerly of Chicago, passed away November 3.

She was the devoted daughter of Maria (nee Smialek) and Kazimierz Zajac; loving sister of Pawel Jolanta) Smialek, Tomasz (Agnieszka) Zajac and Lukasz Zajac; cherished aunt of Dominik, Karolina, Wojtek, Weronika and Jan Smialek, Michal, Kacper, Adrian and Jozef Zajac; wife of Andrzej Kucharski; dearly loved by many aunts, uncles, cousin and friends.

Visitation was November 7 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Avenue, Willow Springs. Funeral was November 8 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Fabian. Mass 10 a.m. Interment Rabka, Poland.

MancusoRAYMOND MANCUSO

Raymond Mancuso passed away peacefully November 3, with his loving family at his side.

He was the beloved husband of Giuseppa (nee Scellato); cherished father of Frank (Erica) Mancuso and Felicia Mancuso; dearest grandfather of Austin Damisi; fond brother of Maria (late Felice) Bruno and the late Giuseppa Schillaci and late Filippo Mancuso; dear uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held November 7 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held at the funeral home Noember 8 until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to Two Holy Martyrs Parish, St. Rene Goupil Church for a Mass of Resurrection. Entombment is Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Please offer your thoughts and condolences to Raymond’s family on his personal tribute website at: www.foranfuneralhome.com.

ROLAND E. “BUDDY” McFADDEN JR.

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyRoland E. “Buddy” McFadden Jr. passed away suddenly and unexpectedly October 30. Army Veteran.

He was the beloved husband of Dawn (nee Hoefke); loving father of Robert (Cindy) Ashcroft and Meghann (Ryan) Marrotta; proud grandfather of Caitlin and Oliver; loving son of the late Roland and Margaret McFadden; dear brother of Thomas (late Kathleen) McFadden, the late Patrick (Sandra) McFadden, late George (Diane) McFadden; much loved son-in-law of Joan (late Fred) Hoefke and brother-in-law of Sue Mc Gee and Donna (Scott) Campbell; fond uncle of late Jennifer, Kevin, Josh, Kris, Kory, Kyle and Morgan and great uncle to many.

A visitation in Celebration of Buddy’s life was held November 4 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Family and friends met at Zion Lutheran Church, 5865 South Archer Road, Summit November 5 until time of Service, followed with Military Honors. Buddy took much pride in his position as a groundskeeper for School District 109.

McKinneyMARK A. McKINNEY

Mark A. McKinney, age 52, passed away October 7.

Loving father of Mark McKinney Jr., Michael McKinney and Matthew McKinney; dearest grandfather of Serenity and Ezra; cherished son of the late Madeline (nee Zagar) and the late J.W. McKinney; dear brother of Laura McKinney, Jamie McKinney, Jay McKinney and Shannon McKinney. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held October 15 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 to be accorded. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

NelsonDARYL GEORGE NELSON SR.

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyDaryl George Nelson Sr. passed away November 1. Proud Vietnam Veteran serving in the Army from 1967 to 1972 and in the Air Force from 1972 to 1974.

He was the beloved husband of Irene (nee Feiferis); loving father of Daryl Jr. (Agnes) and Andrea Nelson; proud grandfather of Kyle; dear brother of Gina Major and Candance (Eugene) Andruk and uncle to Anthony Andruck. Daryl will be missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his many fellow comrades. Daryl was a former member and Post Commander of V.F. W. Post # 6863 from 1997 to 1998, and current member of Rhine Post # 2729, former Commander of D.A.V. DuPage Veterans #CH 5 Elmhurst, Il from 2019 to 2020 and member of American Legion Elmhurst Post #187.

Visitation was held November 6 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation at the funeral home November 7 until time of Celebration of Life Service. After the service, friends and family met at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery where Daryl was laid to rest with Military Honors.

RamirezISIDRA “CHILA” RAMIREZ

Isidra “Chila” Ramirez, age 84 of Chicago, passed way October 29.

Beloved sister of Maria Ramirez and preceded in death by Teresa, Socorro, Isabel, Ramon and Gonzalo; aunt of Tomas (Adriana) Ramirez, Patricia (Eduardo) Ramirez-Flores, Sandra (John) Shaughnessy and Kristina Ramirez Lugo. She is preceded in death by her nephews Marco Ramirez and Jessie Ramirez; great-aunt of Stefano Ramirez, Christopher Flores, Liam Shaughnessy, Luciano Ramirez and Avery Shaughnessy.

Visitation was held November 1 at Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 W. 31st Street Brookfield. Visitation was held November 2 at St. Paul Church, 2127 W. 22nd Pl, Chicago to Time of Mass. Interment Private Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside. 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 Isidra Ramirez Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

ReedJOHN J. REED

John J. Reed, age 68, of Bridgeport, passed away October 26.

He was the loving son of the late Theresa (nee Owczarz) and late Albert Reed; dearest brother of Karen (late Douglas) Coon, Bette (Gregory) Platta and the late Christine Perkins; dear uncle of Donna Coon, Roy Coon, Christopher Platta, Gregory Platta, Michael (Christina) Platta, Holly Perkins and Kevin Perkins; fond great uncle of many.

Visitation was held November 3 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 5088 S. Archer Ave., corner of Keeler. Funeral Service was held November 4 at the funeral home Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 773-767-2166 or  www.ZarzyckiManorChapels.com.

SinksGALE P. SINKS

Gale P. Sinks (nee Contreras), age 73, passed away October 4.

Beloved wife of Gerald Sinks; loving mother of Deanna Gill (James), Scott Sinks (Pam), Wendy Uher and Mandy Sinks (Eric); dear grandmother of Sean, Jeremy, Corey, Tyler, Dean, Lawsyn, Mystery, Baley and Cole; cherished daughter of the late Lorraine O’Day and the late Edward Contreras; fond sister of Amber Andrist and the late Edward Contreras. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held October 15 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. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

SkurzewskiJAMES D. SKURZEWSKI

James D. Skurzewski, age 73, away peacefully October 16. He was a member of The Freemasons and union brother of Millwright Local 1693.

Preceded in death by his parents Clara and Adam Skurzewski; brothers Thomas and Frank.

He is survived by his loving children Pamela (Marc) Osorno and Timothy (Maggie); cherished JaJa to Lorelei, Samantha, Victoria, Sarah, Raymond and Madison; partner and dear friend to Robin.

The immediate family will hold a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Heart Association.

SmithCAROLYN SMITH

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyCarolyn J. Smith, age 78, of Bridgeview, passed away October 21. Proud Army Veteran.

She was the beloved wife of Charles Bond; loving mother of Mark Smith, Matthew Smith, Michael Smith and Alexis Bond; dear grandmother of many. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Thelma Ware and her sisters, Jolene Benante and Alice Chrisman. She is survived by her brother Bill Ware and sister June Zappia.

A Memorial Visitation was held November 5 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). A Celebration of Life Service followed. In lieu of flowers donations in honor of Carolyn to Disabled American Veterans at Dav.org or Dark Horse Project at Darkhorseproject.net would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent to Carolyn’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

Straub DavidREV. DAVID STRAUB

Rev. David R. Straub, former associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Palos Hills, passed away Nov. 1. He was 60 years old.

Straub was born on July 31, 1962, in Chicago. He attended Marian Catholic High School, Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1994, by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, and celebrated his first solemn Mass on May 22 of the same year at St. Kieran Parish in Chicago Heights.

Straub served the people of the archdiocese as associate pastor at many parishes: St. Columbanus Parish on 71st Street, St. Monica Parish on Foster Avenue, St. Dorothy Parish on 78th Street, all in Chicago. He also served in the same role at St. Zachary Parish in Des Plaines, Prince of Peace Parish in Lake Villa and Sacred Heart Parish. Straub was pastor of St. Benedict the African-West Parish on Honore Street in Chicago and Queen of the Rosary Parish in Elk Grove Village.

Auxiliary Bishop Mark Bartosic remembered his classmate as “a man of few words, although he had a way with them.” Bartosic added that Fr. Straub had been a sportswriter after college and before seminary, and continued his writing after being ordained. “He was a man who never forgot a kindness done to him,” Bartosic said.

“Fr. Dave Straub was a humble priest, never seeking the limelight or fanfare,” said Auxiliary Bishop Robert Casey, archdiocesan vicar general and former classmate. “He served our Church well, and I am certain he’ll be hearing the Lord say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’”

All funeral services were held at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th Street in Palos Hills. Visitation hours were 3-8 p.m. on Nov. 8, and from 9-10 a.m. on Nov. 9, immediately followed by the funeral Mass. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant and Fr. Bartosic will be the homilist.

Interment will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.

 

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