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Obituaries August 24, 2023

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CouchEARL NATHAN COUCH, JR.

Earl Nathan Couch, Jr., age 87, passed away August 11. Retired Oak Lawn Fire Fighter.

Beloved husband to the late Margaret (Margie) Couch; devoted father of Andrew (Mary) Couch, Laurie (John) De Haan, and Bernard B.J. Couch; proud grandfather of, Jessica (James) Schwenn Griff, David Schwenn (Bonnie), Bradley and Jordan Couch, Maranda, Andrew and Steven Couch. Prouder great grandchildren, Amelia and Eli Schwenn; dear son of the late Earl, Sr. and the late Dolly Couch; koving brother to Howard Malis, (late Dottie) twin brother, Edward (Chrys) Couch and late Robert (late Rhoda) Couch.

A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion, 9701 S. Kedzie Ave., Evergreen Park, on Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join our family to toast this wonderful kind family man. Beverages and sandwiches will be served. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the charity of your choice in Earl’s name. Arrangements entrusted to care of the Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, Illinois. 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

HalperDONALD F. HALPER

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyDonald F. Halper, age 91, passed away August 12. US Airforce Veteran.

Dear husband of Mary Halper (nee Wurst); loving dad of James Halper (Jody), Deborah Kilbane (Brian), and Michelle Halper; cherished grandfather of Hannah; dearest son of the late Louis and the late Hedwig Halper; fond brother of the late Anne, the late Marie, the late Josephine, the late Rosie, the late Rita, the late John, and the late Francis. Beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held August 16 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 16, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Two Holy Martyrs Parish – St. Rene Goupil Church, 6340 S. New England Ave., Chicago for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

MaciataDANIEL MACIATA

Daniel Maciata, age 32, passed away August 13.

Cherished son of Anna (nee Majerczyk) and the late Andrzej Maciata; dear brother of Andrzej (Rebecca) Maciata, the late Joanna Maciata and Michal (Malgorzata) Maciata; fond uncle of Brian, Jenna, Lilliana, Jacob, Krystian, Adrian and Monika. Lovingly survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held August 18 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 19, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Fabian Church, 7450 W. 83rd Street, Bridgeview for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

MundyMARIANNE MUNDY

Marianne Mundy (nee Simpson), graced this earth for 92 years, passed away August 12.

She was the beloved wife of the late William Mundy; loving mother of William (Colleen) Mundy, Timothy Mundy, Todd Mundy and the late Edward and late Stephen Mundy; dearest grandmother of Rebecca, Kaitlyn, David, Robert, Heather, James, Kali, Jacob, Lisa, Elizabeth, Kimberly and Amy.

Visitation was held August 17 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem) with a Celebration of Life Service after. She will be cremated and buried next to her beloved husband in the family plot in Westfrankfort, Illinois.

RICHARD L. ORR

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyRichard L. Orr, 89, of Palos Hills, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on August 21.

He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War.

He was the beloved husband of Bernice nee Butkus; loving father of Rick (Donna) Orr, Debbie Price, Tina (Marc) Margulis, Sandy Knapp, Lynn (fiancé Mike), and Steven (Lucy) Surchik; Cherished grandfather of Ashley, Samantha, Mandi (Dylan) Kaylee, and Michael; proud great grandfather of Cameron; Devoted sons of the late Robert and Bernice nee Banczek Orr; dear brother of Dayton (Virginia) Orr; kind uncle of Kathy (Matt) Slonski, Sue (Jim) Brown and the late Laura Heath.

Richard was a member of Local 150 of the Operating Engineer and Lindahl Bros.

Richard was also a past president of the Forest Park VFW and Local 150 Retirees Club.

Family and friend will gather for visitation on Thursday, August 24, from 3- 8 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, August 25, at 9:15 a.m. from the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Hwy., Palos Hills, to Sacred Heart Church for 10 a.m. Mass. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Path Lights (formerly PLOWS Council on Aging), 7808 College Dr., Palos Heights IL 60463 or www.pathlights.org would be appreciated.

PalkaMONICA PALKA

Monica Palka, age 32, passed away August 9.

Cherished daughter of Iwona (nee Czyszczon) and Wladyslaw Palka; dearest sister of Marek Palka; dear granddaughter of Helena and the late Eugeniusz Czyszczon and the late Maria and the late Tadeusz Palka. Lovingly survived by her godparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Loving friend to many.

Visitation was held August 16 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 17, 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.

PopowiczSTANISLAWA POPOWICZ

Stanislawa Popowicz (nee Slodyczka), age 95, passed away August 16.

Beloved wife of the late Adam Popowicz and the late Franciszek Mrozek; loving mother of the late Andrzej Mrozek, Janina (Henryk) Sobanski, Irena Papierz, Malgorzata (Andrzej) Piton, Franciszek Mrozek and the late Stanislaw Mrozek; dear grandmother of Bartlomiej Obrochta-Bartus, Joanna (Janusz) Danko, Monica (Marek) Krzysiak and Jakub Piton-Kubow; dearest great-grandmother of Kamila Obrochta-Bartus, Andrzej Danko, Jan Obrochta-Bartus, Adrian Danko, Alex Krauzowicz, Adam Danko, Natalia Obrochta-Bartus, Lillian Krzysiak and Isabella Krzysiak; cherished daughter of the late Maria (nee Tatar) and the late Andrzej Slodyczka; treasured sister of the late Jozefa Gasienica-Brzega, the late Helena Figus, the late Czeslawa Holy, the late Janina Pajak and the late Teresa Slodyczka. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Proud member and founder of Kolo nr. 34 Zakopane of ZPPA.

Visitation was held August 21 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 22, Prayers and procession to begin from the funeral home to Saint Faustina Kowalska Church, 5255 S. McVicker Avenue, Chicago, for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

PuszkarskiJOZEF PUSZKARSKI

Jozef Puszkarski, age 75, passed away August 9.

Beloved husband of Helena Puszkarska (nee Garb); loving father of Miroslaw (Krystyna) Puszkarski, ‘lilla (Craig) Karschnick and Anna Puszkarska; dearest grandfather of Patricia, Adam, Jacek, Johnny and Olivia; cherished son of the late Anna (nee Jaremczuk) and the late Aleksander Puszkarski; dear brother of the late Maria, the late Wladyslawa, the late Ola, Janina and Piotr. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held August 17 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 18, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Fabian Church, 7450 W. 83rd Street, Bridgeview for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

RabigMARGARET CATHERINE RABIG

Margaret Catherine Rabig, age 92, passed away quietly at home, in her sleep, surrounded by family August 16.

Margaret was born to Joseph McNamara and Margaret Gipe on April 30, 1931 and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. She grew up with three siblings: Jean (Gus) Walters, James (Lawanda) McNamara, and Richard (Dolores) McNamara. On May 14, 1949, Margaret married John Howard “Tony” Rabig. John and Margaret were blessed with five wonderful children; Anthony (Carol) Rabig, Catherine (George) Villarreal, Deborah Schmitt (Ken Vanderwarren), Joseph (Kristine) Rabig, and Linda (Robert) Patefield. Margaret was also an adoring grandmother to many grandchildren, Michael (Rachel) Cordova, Stephanie (Christopher) Holding, Devin Rabig (Lisa), Emily Schmitt, Rebecca (Don) Pudlowski, Benjamin (Danielle) Schmitt, Katherine Rabig, Emily Sheehy, David Patefield and Kristin Patefield. She also had eight great-grandchildren, Rowan Cordova, John Cordova, Morgaine Roberts (Brian Kinkaide), Kaylee Holding, Ian Holding, Nathaniel Rabig, Joshua Butler and Benjamin T. Schmitt. She was also a fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was a devoted wife and mother. While raising her family in Bridgeview, IL, Margaret attended St. Fabian’s parish. She was active in the Bridgeview community and volunteered for the Bridgeview Active Party. She also worked many years at the historic Willowbrook Ballroom and Restaurant in Willow Springs. She moved on and worked for the Bridgeview Police Department, as Secretary to the Chief of Police. After her husband, “Tony” Rabig passed away, she moved to Lemont, IL and volunteered with the Lemont Police Department. She enjoyed keeping busy, staying active, volunteering, and inspired all who knew her with her bright and positive attitude.

Visitation was held August 19 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, with a Service and Time of Remembrance held at the funeral home. Private interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

StempinskiKENNETH J. STEMPINSKI

Kenneth J. Stempinski, age 70, passed away August 17.

Beloved husband of Susan (nee McGovern); cherished father of Kelly (Tony) Metoyer and Jessica Stempinski; adored grandfather of Emilia Metoyer; cherished son of Anna and the late John Stempinski; loving brother of the late Tom (Maria) and Joyce Stempinski; brother-in-law to Laura McGovern (Durward Pettigrew) and Colleen (Mark) Graves; “Treat” Sneaker to Schnitzel, Lola and the late Misty.

Born in Chicago, Ken grew up in the Bridgeport neighborhood, attending St. Barbara Elementary School, and later St. Rita High School. He was an active member of St. Barbara Parish, their Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus. Ken worked in the Chicago Park District and was a 28-year employee of IDOT. He was an avid golfer, bowler, and Chicago Blackhawks fan. Most of all, he loved his family.

Visitation was held August 20 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, with a Funeral Service and Time of Remembrance conducted by Reverend Francis Li. Cremation rites to be accorded. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

WalkoszBRONISLAW WALKOSZ

Bronislaw Walkosz, age 71, passed away August 12.

Beloved husband of Malgorzata Walkosz (nee Sarnowska); loving father of Wioletta Komperda and Ewa Maria Komperda; dearest grandfather of Weronika Kompera, Wiktoria Komperda and Wanessa Komperda; cherished son of the late Janina (nee Majerczyk) and the late Jan Walkosz-Jambor; dear brother of Zofia Hajdari, Maria (Franciszek) Ustupski, the late Stanislaw Walkosz and the late Jozef Walkosz. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held August 17 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 18, 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.

SUSAN I. WILSON

Susan I. Wilson, 78, lifelong resident of Worth, passed away August 14.

She was the beloved wife of Edward Wilson; loving mother of Stephen (Natalie) Wilson, Benjamin Wilson, Jeffrey (Cathy) Wilson, Susannah (Tammy) Pytel, Herbert (Sara) Wilson; cherished grandmother of Madelyn, Allison, Megan, Josh, Vivian, Hank, JR, Ethan, Peyton, and Rhys; proud great-grandmother of Maya; dearest sister of Carol (Paul) Tokarz, and Jeanie Griffin; dear aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a memorial visitation on Thursday, August 24, from 3-8 p.m. with funeral service at 7:30 p.m. at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Hwy., Palos Hills. Interment private.

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

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