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Obituaries December 7, 2023

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AdairROBERT K. ADAIR

Robert K. Adair passed away peacefully at home November 30.

He was the beloved husband for 62 years to Charlene (nee Gruzalski); loving father of Scot (Virginia) Adair and Bryan Adair; dear grandfather of Scot Adair Jr.  and Robert Michael Adair; fond brother of Ronald (Carol) Adair and uncle to Donna, Ronald, Robert and Kenneth Adair.

Visitation was held December 5 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation at the funeral home December 6 until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to Five Holy Martyrs Parish  St. Symphorosa Church for Mass. Robert will be entombed at Resurrection Cemetery Community Mausoleum.

AyresTHOMAS H. AYRES SR.,

Flag FuneralThomas H. Ayres Sr., age 91, passed away October 25. U.S. Army Korean War Veteran.

Beloved husband of the late Lorraine (nee Rubel) Ayres; loving father of Thomas Jr. (Cindy) Ayres, Mark (Kathy) Ayres, Michelle (Phillip) Chmelarik, Wendy Ayres (Carla Patterson), Mary Ayres (Ed Walker) and the late William Ayres and the late Timothy Ayres; dear grandfather of Abigail Lojkutz, Scott and Kelli Ayres, Thomas and Samantha Collins, James and Felicia Ayres, Lauren and Anthony Ballard, Nicole and Christopher Jones, Kellie and John Solka and Anthony Collins; dearest great-grandfather of 16; cherished son of the late Grace (nee McAvoy) and the late Thomas Ayres; dear brother of the late Joan (the late Thomas) Riordan. Also survived by relatives and friends. Member of Argo Summit American Legion Post #735.

Visitation was held November 1 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held November 2, Service and Time of Remembrance were held at the funeral home. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Estrada 1RICHARD R. ESTRADA

Richard R. Estrada, age 86, passed away November 8.

Beloved husband of Manuella (nee Lopez); loving father of Lupe (Enrique) Raymundo, Susie Estrada, Cynthia Olvera, Richard (Karen) Estrada and Denise (Jonathan) Lenz. Dear grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather of many.

Visitation was held November 10 at the Richard Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave. (Corner of Lorel). Funeral was held November 11 at the funeral home, processing to Our Lady of the Snows Church for mass. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. For more information, please call 773-767-1840.

GreenRONALD J. GREEN

Ronald J. Green, age 84, of Chicago, passed away peacefully at home November 23, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on September 30, 1939 in Chicago, the son of the late Joseph and the late Harriet (nee Richter) Zieleniewicz; he is survived by his treasured wife of 57 years, JoCarol (nee Bielawski) and his beloved children, Lynn (Francesco) Penati, Tracy (Jeff) Rudny and Jordan (Mary) Green; his cherished grandchildren, Abigail, Sydney, and Brett Rudny and Francesca Penati. Dear brother of Barbara (the late JJ) Zurek, brother-in-law to Pamela (the late Tom) Zima and Cathy (Ken) Miller; fond uncle to the late Ryan Zurek, Rich and Todd Styles and Nick Forman. Ron was a retired livery operator for nearly 40 years working for many local funeral homes.

Visitation was held November 26 with a Funeral Chapel Service following at the Richard Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave. (Corner of Lorel). For more information, please call 773-767-1840.

KushANNE KUSH

Anne Kush, age 85, longtime resident of Summit, passed away at home November 24.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ben Dunski Jr. and former wife of the late Walter Kush; loving mother of Sylvana “Sam” Dunski, Barbara (John) Larson, Joyce Ann (Marty) Pizzolato, Joseph (Chris) Dunski and Ronald Dunski; dear grandmother and great grandmother of many; fond sister of Walter (Marge) Kuzavinas and the late Donna (late Bob Knack and late Bob Loszach) Loszach and dear aunt to their children. Anne will be missed by her friends and neighbors.

A memorial will be held on Saturday January 20, 2024 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem) from 12 noon to 4 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Service at 3 p.m. Anne will be buried at a later date with her other family members at St. Casimir Cemetery.

LauerMICHAEL F. LAUER

Michael F. Lauer, age 59, passed away unexpectedly at home November 24.

He was the loving father of Michael Lauer and dear friend of Sharon; dear brother of Paul Lauer and Francis (Barbara) Lauer; fond uncle to Sean Lauer and Liberty and Kayla Lauer; beloved son of the late Francis and late Geraldine Lauer.

A Memorial Visitation in Celebration of Michael’s life was held December 1 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem) Service followed. Michael will be buried at Resurrection Cemetery beside his parents at a later date.

NikolicFRANCES NIKOLIC

Frances Nikolic, age 89, passed away October 27.

Beloved wife of Miodrag Nikolic; loving mother of Mare Nikolic, Mira (Boban) Miskic and Toma Nikolic; dear grandmother of Elija and Evan. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held November 3 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held November 3, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Fabian Church, 7450 W. 83rd Street, Bridgeview for Mass. Interment, New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Cemetery, Third Lake, Illinois. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

PalczynskiPETER PALCZYNSKI

Peter Palczynski, age 27, passed away October 28.

Cherished son of Halina (nee Slimak) and the late Tadeusz Palczynski; dear brother of Sebastian Palczynski and Marek Palczynski. Also survived lovingly by aunts, cousins, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held November 2 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held November 2, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Fabian Church, 7450 W. 83rd Street, Bridgeview for Mass. Interment, Saint Adalbert Cemetery, Niles. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

ScesnewiczSTEVEN SCESNEWICZ

Steven Scesnewicz, age 61, passed away October 30.

Survived by his family, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held November 2 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held November 3, 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.

StafiraFRANCISZEK STAFIRA

Franciszek Stafira, age 85, passed away October 30.

Beloved husband of the late Maria (nee Las) Stafira; loving father of Edward (Anna) Stafira, Stanislaw (Danuta) Stafira and Andrzej Stafira; loving grandfather of Mariola Stafira, Arkadiusz Stafira, Marcin (Brittney) Stafira, Michal Stafira, Paulina Stafira (fiance Mateusz May) and Veronika Stafira and Adam Stafira; cherished son of the late Maria (nee Las) and the late Jozef Stafira; dear brother of the late Wladyslaw (Janina) Stafira, Zofia (Jan) Orszulak, Stanislaw (Grazyna) Stafiera, the late Jan Stafira (Maria Ratulowska) and Maria (Marian) Banaszewski (the late Marian Gal). Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held November 3 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held November 4, 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.

JOSEPH WALTER SWIERCINSKI

Flag FuneralJoseph Walter Swiercinski, age 77, passed away at home with his loving family at his side November 16. United States Army Veteran.

Loving husband of Eva (nee Heredia); cherished stepfather of Eva Marie and Renee; adored and loved grandpa of Brandon, Matthew, Kenneth, Jessica, Johnny, Emily and great grandpa of Athena; beloved son of the late Steve Swierczynski and the late Maria (nee Mateja); dearest brother of the late Gene and the late Gerald “Jerry”; dear uncle and friend of many; dedicated companion to fur babies Kobe, Kayto, the late Benny, late Buttons and the late Velvet. Joseph was retired from the Chicago Tribune where he was a longtime employee as a delivery driver. He was a member of the American Legion Clearing Post # 600.

Friends and family gathered for a visitation November 30 and December 1 at Ridge Funeral Home, 6620 West Archer Avenue, Chicago, Illinois with a funeral December 1 from Ridge Funeral Home to St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 6435 South Kilbourn Avenue, Chicago for mass. Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ridgefh.com for the Swiercinski family.

SzymborskiROSALYN J. SZYMBORSKI

Rosalyn J. Szymborski, 102, of Kankakee, formerly of Worth and Chicago, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at Asbury Assisted Living in Kankakee.

She was born on May 13, 1921, in Hartford, Kansas, the daughter of Charles and Elsie (Dreasher) Burtt. She married Claude Szymborski on July 19, 1941 at St. Brides in Chicago. He preceded her in death on October 7, 2003.

Rosalyn worked for 17 years with Meals on Wheels in Worth. She was an election judge for seven years. She was a volunteer leader for Cub Scouts. She was the president of the PTA for Sullivan School. Rosalyn was a school bus driver for a short time and had also worked at the Post Office as a letter carrier for 13 years. She was a member of St. John Paul II – East Campus, formerly St. Teresa Catholic Church. She had also been a member of Our Lady of the Ridge in Chicago Ridge. Rosalyn enjoyed visiting friends and relatives, corresponding via letters, playing bingo with friends, reading, looking through photo albums, and listening to music concerts.

Rosalyn is survived by three sons, Charles Szymborski of Huntley, Paul (Adriana) Szymborski of Silver Lake, Ohio, and Thomas Szymborski of Frankfort; two daughters, Claudia Prisby of Frankfort and Georgene (Gerald) Hawkins of Watseka; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, John Szymborski; one daughter-in-law, Dodie Szymborski; and two sons-in-law, Paul Prisby and Donald McDonough.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2023 at St. John Paul the II – East Campus, formerly St. Teresa Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.

Memorials may be made to Uplifted Care or St. John Paul II Catholic Church.

Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee is handling arrangements. Please sign her guestbook at www.clancygernon.com.

TsigolisELEFTHERIOS “TED” TSIGOLIS

Eleftherios “Ted” Tsigolis, age 87, passed away October 30.

Beloved husband of Katerina (nee Siati) Tsigolis; loving father of Angela (Joseph) Stachnik, George Tsigolis and the late Gus Tsigolis; dear grandfather of Kostadinos Tsigolis, Anastazja Tsigolis and Katerina Irene Stachnik; cherished son of the late Evangelia (nee Kortesis) and the late George Tsigolis; fond brother of John (the late Helen) Tsigolis, Gus (Angela) Tsigolis, the late Helen (the late Jim) Gounaris, the late Mary (the late Demetrios) Galanos and Vasiliki (the late Christos) Xeniotis. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends in Greece.

Visitation was held November 3 at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 7560 S. Archer Road, Justice followed by a Service. Interment, Bethania Cemetery, Justice. Arrangements entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

ZelenkaGLORIA E. ZELENKA

Gloria E. Zelenka (nee Oziemkowski), age 97, passed away November 16.

Beloved wife of the late Robert Zelenka; loving mother of Lon Zelenka, Karen (the late Kieth) Vogelsang, Kimberly (Maximilian) Mejia, Russell (Vicky) Zelenka and Leslie (Brian) Cummins. Dearest grandmother and great-grandmother of many. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held November 22 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Two Holy Martyrs Parish-Saint Rene Goupil Church, 6340 S. New England Avenue, Chicago for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

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