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Obituaries April 13, 2023

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BarczakJEANNETTE T. BARCZAK

Jeannette T. Barczak, age 70, of La Grange Park, passed away April 2.

Loving mother of Elizabeth Schmidt and Bill (Jeanine) Schmidt; grandmother of Olivia Schmidt and Mila Schmidt; sister of Annette (Jim) Coughlin, Mia (Michael) Klingele and Tony Barczak; aunt of Jackie (Chris) Rowe, Ryan Coughlin, Shannon (Jason) Plummer, Tony (Jill) Barczak, Kyle (Amy) Klingele, Maria Klingele and Nicole Barczak; great aunt of many.

Visitation was held April 5 and April 6 to time of Service at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Funeral Service was held April 6. Interment Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Justice. 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 Jeanette Barczak Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

HopkinsANNE B. HOPKINS

Anne B. Hopkins (nee Zajac) graced this earth for 101 years, resident of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community for 65 years, passed away peacefully at home March 23.

Beloved wife of the late Ambrose; loving mother of Carol (Michael) Smigielski, William (Margaret) Hopkins, the late Cynthia (Kenneth) Cachur, Mary Hejna, and Frances (William) Rouse; cherished grandmother of James (Martina) Smigielski, Cheryl (Brian) Scott, Rose (Nick) LaRocco, Matt (Maureen) Hopkins, Neil (Melissa) Cachur, Tara (Neal) Molnar, Kaitlyn (Michael) Hathaway, Madison Rouse, William Rouse, and Annie Rouse; loving great-grandmother to Michael and the late Michelle Barrett, Logan and Jack Smigielski, the late Theodore LaRocco, Ethan, Mason, and Cameron Cachur, Stanley and Calvin Molnar, and Aiden and Bentley Hathaway, and a loving aunt to many. Anne is a founding member of St. Jane DeChantel Parish (St. Faustina Kowalska) and the Brighton Park Polish Highlanders Club.

Family and friends met March 31, at St. Faustina Kowalska Church for a memorial visitation until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, we will request to donate to your charity in honor of Anne Hopkins or make a donation in her name to St. Faustina Kowalska Parish. Condolences may be sent to Anne’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

KlangDICK “SWEDE” KLANG

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyDick “Swede” Klang, age 86, of Brookfield. MP Veteran for the National Guard, Army Reserves and Army.

Beloved husband of Joy Klang (nee Nagl); fond brother of Carl (Edda) Klang and Linda-Lou (Bob) Rompala; brother in law of Danny (Jolene) Nagl, the late Terry R. (Marge) Nagl and Bobby Lee Nagl.

Visitation was held April 8 to time of Service at Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Interment Private Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery, OakBrook Terrace. Memorials appreciated to the Brookfield Joshua Harris VFW Post 2868, 8844 Ogden Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513 or St. Barbara Food Pantry, 4008 Prairie Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513 or St. Croix Hospice, 665 W. North Ave. Suite 100, Lombard, IL, 60148. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com. For those of you that would like to express your condolences to the family, please visit our website and you can leave the family a message. 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 Dick “Swede” Klang Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

DARLENE T. KOHN

Darlene T. Kohn, 60, of Worth, passed away on April 1.

She was the devoted daughter of the late James F. and Darlene M. Kohn nee Jahn; cherished mother of Amber (Divino) DeWitt; loving sister of Doreen O’Hare, Colleen (Jim) Sevik, James, John (Colleen), Cathleen (Bryan) Kean, Carleen (Jim) Skarzynski, Jeffrey (Danielle) and Daileen (Mark) Bucki; dearest aunt and great aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for memorial visitation on Saturday, May 6, at 10:30 a.m. until time of memorial mass 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St., Palos Hills.

Interment private.

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

JAN KRUCZAK

Jan Kruczak, age 81, passed away February 15.

Beloved husband of the late Maria Kruczak; loving father of Helena (Mieczyslaw) Rychtarczyk and Jan (Zofia) Karkoszka; dear grandfather of Marciej, Pawel, Mateusz, Wojciech, Barbara, Teresa and Renata; dearest great-grandfather of Jasiu, Franiu, Ania, Paulina, Kuba and Jan; cherished son of the late Maria (nee Parzatka) and the late Jozef Kruczak; fond brother of Tadeusz (Antonina) Kruczak, the late Wladyslaw (Zofia) Kruczak, the late Stanislaw (the late Teresa) Kruczak and the late Andrzej (Helena) Krzeptowski. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held February 19 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held February 20, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Albert the Great Church, 8029 S. Central Avenue, Burbank for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

LORELEI R. LAURAITIS

Lorelei R. Lauraitis (nee Walczak), of Palos Park, formerly of Chicago’s Archer Heights neighborhood, passed away April 5.

She was the beloved wife of John F. Lauraitis; devoted daughter of the late Irene (nee Wojcik) and late Steven Walczak; dearest sister-in-law of Barbara (George) Daugherty and Victoria (late David) DePeder; fond aunt of Greg (Beth), Randy, Jon (Angie), Nicholas, Kristin and Jody; dear great aunt of Nick (fianceé Danielle), Lauren (Carter), Alex, Nichole, Matthew, Daniel, Victoria and Mia.

Visitation was April 11 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Avenue, Willow Springs. Funeral services were April 12 at the Church of Our Lady of the Woods. Entombment Resurrection Garden Mausoleum.

VICTOR C. LEFFELMAN

Victor C. Leffelman, age 81, of Willow Springs, passed away peacefully at home March 28 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Beloved husband of Carol (nee Korth); loving father of Christina (Brian) Farbelow, Renee (late Michael) Payne, Mark (Lesli) Wieczorek and Marissa Follett (Robert Bullock); dearest grandfather of Lindsey Smith, Lauren Franzen, Leanne Smith, Vaughn Payne, Cameron Wieczorek, Kendall Wieczorek, Tristan Wieczorek, Rylee Follett, Cody Follett and Lillian Bullock; cherished great grandfather of Scarlett and Olivia. Vic was the devoted son of the late Esther (nee Becker) and late Vincent V. Leffelman; dear brother of Mary Weaver and the late Vera, late Kate, late Rita, late Shirley and late Joyce; fond brother-in-law of Wayne Korth and late Warren Korth.

Memorial visitation was held April 5 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8899 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs.  (708) 839-8999 or www.ZarzyckiManorChapels.com.

MarasovicLOUIE ANGELO MARASOVIC

Louie Angelo Marasovic, past resident of Summit, passed away April 1.

Beloved son of Slavko and Beverly (nee Pesut) Marasovic; dearest brother of Natalie and Mary Marasovic; loving nephew of April Pesut; dear cousin to many. Cherished grandson of Louie and Sylvia Pesut and Mirko  and Anja Marasovicl; loving nephew of the late Stanko Marasovic; cousin of Angela (Phillip) Tomas and Phillip, Luka and Lilliana.

Visitation was held April 8 until time of Prayers at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Procession from the funeral home to St. Joseph Church for a Mass in Celebration of Louie’s life. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

Martinez AnaANA MARIA MARTINEZ

Ana Maria Martinez, age 63, passed away March 30.

Survived by her husband Jose Luis; daughters Guadalupe (Vanessa, Kevin and Juan Carlos) Ana Gudelia (Jose Luis, Omar, Víctor Manuel Jr., Joey) Jacqueline (Edgar, Ashley, Josie) and Jessica; great grandchildren Antonio, Alexis, Sophia, Ares Manuel, and Baby Flores.

Arrangements, visitation and chapel service were held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S Archer, Chicago, Jonathan F Siedlecki, Owner/Director. Cremation Private. To leave any tributes, please visit the funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com.

Martinez 1MARIA DE LOURDES MARTINEZ

Maria De Lourdes Martinez, age 51, passed away March 25.

Will be forever missed by beloved family and friends.

Arrangements and visitation were held at Szykowny Funeral Home, Chicago.  Jonathan F Siedlecki, Owner/Director. Funeral Mass was held at St Pius V Church, Chicago. Final resting place Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside. To leave any tributes, please visit the funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com.

ROBERT W. NOLAN

Robert W. Nolan, 91, late of Mokena, formerly of Orland Park, passed away April 6.

He was the husband of the late Joan M. Nolan (nee Waters). Father of Robert D. (Melissa) and Michele Nolan. Grandpa of Alexander and Abby Nolan. Uncle and friend of many.

He was Past Grand Knight and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus member for 70 years with Madonna Council 1135. Past Grand Knight and Commander of Honorable Joseph A. Power Assembly. Parishioner of St. Michael Church since 1977 serving as an usher and Eucharistic Minister. Retired insurance agent with Prudential with many years of dedicated service.

After retirement, Bob worked at Thornridge Funeral Home for many years as a wake duty attendant and funeral assistant.

He was a sergeant first class in the Illinois National Guard for 13 years.

He was a 1950 St. Rita High School Graduate.

Funeral Mass for Robert W. Nolan was held on April 12 at St. Michael Church. Visitation for Robert W. Nolan was held at Thornridge Funeral Home on April 11.

Interment Good Shepherd Cemetery.

PenaCLEMENTE PENA

Clemente Pena, age 62, of Countryside, passed away peacefully March 29 surrounded by his loving family.

Beloved husband of Rojean (nee Carlson); cherished father of Amelia Pena (Dustin) Silvera, Cecilia Pena (Lawrence) Harper and Clemente Pena Jr.; proud grandfather of Isaiah McCormick, Daniel (Maya) McCormick, Max Nelson, Alexander Nelson, Elijah Pena, Deion Silvera, Omari Silvera –Pena, Soul Leader and Amelio Silvera-Pena; dear brother of Patricia (Ventura) Sias and Dolores (Rick) Garcia. Clemente will be missed by his nieces and nephews. Clemente was preceded in death by his parents, Rosario and Dolores Pena.

Visitation was held March 31 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). A Service in Celebration of Clemente’s life was held at the funeral home. Per his request, Clemente will be cremated, and his cremains will be buried at Resurrection Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Clemente’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

SzaflarskiSTANLEY JOSEPH SZAFLARSKI

Stanley Joseph Szaflarski, age 77, lost his battle to cancer February 19.

Survived by his loving daughter, grandchildren, and family. Proceeded in death by his beloved wife, Anna Szaflarski and beloved son, Stanley Szaflarski.

Visitation was held February 28 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held February 28, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Our Lady Mother of the Church Polish Mission, 116 Hilton Street, Willow Springs, for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

WalkerLINDA D. WALKER

Linda D. Walker, age 75; longtime resident of the Village of Summit, passed away April 3.

Beloved wife of the late Charles E. Walker; loving mother of Beth Walker and Lori Walker; devoted gramma of Nicole (Jim) Smith and Jessica (Steven) Augle; great gramma of Steven, Alice and the late Roxi; dear sister of Rudy (Angie) Bestwina, the late David (late Bobbie) Bestwina and the late Bette (late Mike) McCabe. Linda will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Visitation was held April 7 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). A Service in Celebration of Linda’s life was held at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to Linda’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

WilkeJOANN K. WILKE

Joann K. Wilke (nee Willett), age 92 of Lemont, passed away February 23.

Loving mother of Maryann (Roger) Krieg, William Wilke and Martha (David) Knop; proud grandmother of Karen and Theodore Krieg, Lauren (Guilherme) Knop Ribeiro, Allison and Evan Knop; dear sister of Larry Willett. Also survived by many loved nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Elmer Wilke, mother Martha (McManus) Willett, and father William Willett.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oak Lawn, Illinois General Fund. Visitation was held February 28 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held March 1, visitation until time of service at St Paul Lutheran Church 4660 W. 94th Street, Oak Lawn. Interment Bethania Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

WojdylaANNA “ANIA” ZOFIA WOJDYLA

Anna “Ania” Zofia Wojdyla, age 40, passed away February 22, surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Bridgeview.

Loving partner to Michael Weber; devoted daughter to Czeslawa and Wojciech Wojdyla, who survive her. Most incredible sibling and best friend to her younger sister, Malgorzata Wojdyla and her partner, Scott Vanderlin.

Visitation was held February 26 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held February 27, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Albert the Great Church, 8029 S. Central Avenue, Burbank for Mass. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

 

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