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Obituaries November 17, 2022

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BorikANNE BORIK

Anne Borik (nee Labno), 94, of Plainfield, formerly of Bridgeview Gardens, passed away peacefully November 4.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Borik; loving mother of Cynthia (Michael) Rago; dear grandmother of Jennifer (Robert) Mase, Michelle (Dominic) Gallaga and Anthony Rago; proud great grandmother of Vincent Mase, Nicholas Mase and Ava Gallaga.

A visitation in celebration of Anne was held November 12 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials to your favorite charity in honor of Anne would be greatly appreciated.

LAWRENCE T. CRITES SR.,

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyLawrence T. Crites, Sr., 83, passed away peacefully at his home October 15.

He was a Marine Corps veteran.

He was born on July 5, 1939, to the late Clyde Crites and the late Malvina Allard Austgen.

Beloved husband and best friend for 63 years to Marilyn (nee Marasovich) Crites; loving father of Larry Jr (Ruthie) Crites, Jeff (Renee) Crites and Lisa (Jimmy) Sowder; loving grandpa (pa) of David (Rachel), Larry III, Nikki Graczyk and Riley Sowder; loving great-grandpa of Piper Booe and Savannah Montelpasse. Also loving step grandpa of many. Loving brother of the late Ernest Crites. Loving brother-in-law and friend to all that knew him.

Active member of the Marine Corp league, American Legion Post 991, former usher at St Rene Church, former leader for the St. Rene Boys Scout troop for many years. Semper Fi.

Visitation was held October 20 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 21. Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

GerlachSTEPHANIE J. GERLACH

Stephanie J. Gerlach, 33, passed away October 10.

Beloved wife and best friend of Sam D. Covey Jr.; dear daughter of Denise (Ken) Frecke and the late Philip Somkovic; loving sister of Kristina Frecke and Erika Frecke; cherished daughter-in-law of Francine and the late Sam Covey Sr. Also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held October 16 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Cremation rites have been accorded. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

GriggsDOLORES M GRIGGS

Dolores M Griggs, 76, passed away October 25.

Will be forever missed by her beloved family and friends.

Visitation and chapel service were held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Final resting place Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside. To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com.

HoganELIZABETH “BETTY” HOGAN

Elizabeth “Betty” Hogan, 94, longtime resident of Burbank, passed away peacefully October 7, at Mother Theresa Home in Lemont.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Hogan, as well as all their children, Thomas Hogan, Patricia Hanik, Cathy Clark-Haase, Terri Orsi, MaryJo King, and Michael Hogan; Betty was a caring mother-in-law to Mary Hogan, Andrew Hanik, Hal (Karen) King, and Diane Hogan-Parker; loving aunt to Susan (Vin) Rys and Peggy Biggs. Her greatest joys in life came from her roles as a grandmother and great-grandmother. A sincere thank you to lifelong family friend, Debbie Marek and the staff at Mother Theresa Home in Lemont, for the loving care and compassion they so graciously gave Betty.

A memorial mass, celebrating Betty’s life, was held on October 15 at St. Albert the Great Church, 8029 S. Central, Burbank. Cremation rites have been accorded. Arrangements entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. 

JAMES “JIM” JUTZI

James “Jim” Jutzi, 65, passed away October 13.

Cherished son of Alfreda (nee Sokolski) and the late Norman Jutzi; loving brother of William (Mary Beth) Jutzi, the late Fred Jutzi and Shirley Despain; also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Beloved companion of his German Shephard, Rocco.

All services are private. Arrangements entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice.

KucharskiMALGORZATA KUCHARSKI

Malgorzata Kucharski (nee Zajac), of Worth, formerly of Chicago.

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 held November 7 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Avenue, Willow Springs. Funeral was held November 8 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Fabian for Mass. Interment Rabka, Poland.  www.ZarzyckiManorChapels.com

BEATA MALOCHLEB

Beata Malochleb (nee Lis), 51, passed away October 14.

Beloved wife of Adam Malochleb; loving mother of Patryk (Justa) Malochleb, Dawid Malochleb, Hubert Malochleb and Malwina Malochleb; dear grandmother of Halina and Addalynn; cherished daughter of the late Halina (nee Nazaruk) and the late Janusz Lis; dearest sister of Monika (Grzegorz) Sypek. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held October 22 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Cremation rites to be accorded with interment in Poland. 

MayerhoferMARY P. MAYERHOFER

Mary P. Mayerhofer (nee Srsha), 92, passed away October 14.

Beloved wife of the late Willard Mayerhofer; loving mom of Julie (Edward) Padilla, the late Janice (Jeremy) Lane and the late Sharon Rice-Peck; dear grandma of April (Jeff) Lenz, Eric Lane, Nickolas Padilla and Timothy Padilla; dearest great-grandmother of Lukas and Alex; cherished daughter of the late Mary (nee Hoblaj) and the late Steven Srsha; fond sister of Helen (the late George) Wilson, the late John Srsha and the late Thomas (Norma) Srsha. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Rosary Hill Home, 9000 W. 81st Street, Justice, are much appreciated.

Visitation was held October 18 at Rosary Hill Home, 9000 W. 81st Street, Justice with Mass. Interment, Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside. Arrangements entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. 

RuhnkeADRIAN “SKIP” RUHNKE

Adrian “Skip” Ruhnke, 82, passed away October 16.

Beloved husband of the late Arlene (nee Pavelek) Ruhnke; loving dad of Jeff Ruhnke, Mark (Liz) Ruhnke and Al Ruhnke; cherished son of the late Stephanie (nee Mielnicki) and the late Leon Ruhnke; dear brother of the late Don (Sue) Ruhnke and the late Paulette (the late Frank) Pagano; fond uncle of Kim Neverouski, Laura Pavelek and Justin Ruhnke. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held October 23 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 24 at the funeral home. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. 

CYNTHIA ROSE SHUMSKY

Cynthia Rose Shumsky, 54, passed away on November 13.

She was the devoted daughter of the late George and Patricia nee Jedzinek Shumsky; loving sister of Patricia (Michael) McCann, Mary (Thomas) Walsh, George (Itzel) Shumsky, and the late Gregory (the late Mary) Shumsky; dearest aunt of Kathleen McCann, Mary Pat McCann, Alex (Samantha) Shumsky, Luke, Urlic and Priscilla Shumsky; cherished great-aunt of Riley June Shumsky.

Family and friends will gather for a memorial mass on Saturday, November 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Alexander Church,7025 W. 126th St. Palos Hills. Interment Private.

Arrangements entrusted to Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Hwy., Palos Hills.

For information or to express your condolences, visit www.palosgaidasfh.com or call 708-974-4410.

SouthardVALERIE B. SOUTHARD

Valerie B. Southard (nee Grant) passed away October 7.

Loving mother of Mark Busch, Scott Busch and Glenn Busch; dear grandmother of Caitlin McCaliano, Lauren Gatza and Connor Busch; dearest great-grandmother of Ellie McCalino, Lilly Gatza, Audrey Gatza and Charlotte Gatza. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held October 22 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Cremation rites have been accorded.

VegaVERNA ALICE VEGA

Verna Alice Vega (nee Wright), 100, passed away October 1.

Verna is survived by her three sons, Richard Lapinski (retired CPD), Stephen (Julian) Lapinski and Mark Lapinski (retired CFD), her daughters-in-law Rae Lapinski (retired CPD) and Kimberly Lapinski, and grandchildren Tanya, Katherine, Jack and Grant Lapinski.

Visitation was held October 23 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Cremation rites have been accorded. 

JOHN F. WEINBERGER JR.

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyJohn F. Weinberger Jr., 90, of Evergreen Park, passed away.

He was the devoted husband of the late Deloris “Dodee” nee Beranek; dear father of John F. III, and Karla Lee (Lynn Price) Vosburg; loving grandfather of David, and Jennifer (fiancé Anthony Gutierrez) Vosburg; fond brother of Richard Weinberger, and Elaine (Harold) Burns.

John was an Army veteran who served in the Korean War. John was also a past commander of American Legion Post 854 of Evergreen Park, and membership chairman for more than 20 years.

He worked at Ozinga Brothers for 35 years, was a member of the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science & Industry, Brookfield Zoo, and Lincoln Park Zoo. Starting member of Crown Space Center. Member of the Arthritis Foundation, and past president of McDonald Linn SC Kangaroo SC & Dank.

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the Arthritis Foundation of Chicago.

Visitation will be Friday, November 18, from 3-8 p.m. at Kosary Funeral Home, 9837 S. Kedzie, Evergreen Park. Interment private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

For information, call 708-499-3223 or visit www.kosaryfuneralhome.com.

EDWARD L. WILBUR

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyEdward L. Wilbur, 92, of Palos Heights, passed away.

Beloved husband of 67 years to the late Rosemary (nee Benson). Devoted father of Lauren (Jack) McGreehin, Michael (Jean) Wilbur (C.F.D.), Martin Wilbur, Karen (Steve) Curran, and Janet Strnad. Cherished grandfather of eight, great-grandfather of three. Loving brother of Carol Ann “Connie” Arenburg and the late Donald (the late Lorraine) Wilbur (retired C.F.D.). Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

He was a Navy veteran, and retired Chicago firefighter.

Ed and Rosemary split their time between the homes and neighbors they loved dearly in Palos Heights and on Paw Paw Lake in Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Manteno Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Drive, Manteno IL 60950 would be appreciated.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 16, from 3-9 p.m. at Becvar & Son Funeral Home, 5539 W. 127th St., Crestwood. Funeral will be Thursday, November 17, at 10:30 a.m. from the funeral home to Incarnation Catholic Church for an 11 a.m. Mass. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.

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