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Obituaries February 1, 2024

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JOAN CADA

Joan Cada (nee Berzek); loving mother of Denise (Tom) Socco, Keith (Carol) Cada and the late Linda Tilford; dearest grandmother of Nicole Cada, Joseph (Kelly) Vaccaro, Ashley Vaccaro, Julia McGavock, Sarah Cada, Christina (Jason) Jones and Kristin (Brian) Maratea; great grandmother of Joseph, Joshua, Travis, Callie, Serenity, Jason Jr, Gavin and Lucca; devoted daughter of the late Estelle (nee Wojcinski) and late Walter Berzek; predeceased by  her two brothers and sister; fond aunt of many.

Visitation was held January 28 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 5088 S. Archer Ave., corner of Keeler. Funeral was held January 29 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Richard for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 773-767-2166 or www.zarzyckimanorchapels.com.

CarrenoJOSE GUADALUPE CARRENO

Jose Guadalupe Carreno, age 72, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community passed away January 19 with his loving family at his side.

He was married for 47 years to Maria Carmen Rodriguez, the love of his life; loving father of Maria (David Roa) Carreno, Efrain (Oneida Hernandez) Carreno, Jesse (Elizabeth Ruiz) Carreno, Esther (Daniel Hernandez) Carreno and Steven Carreno; proud grandfather of 13 and great frandfather of 2; dear brother of 7 and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Jose Guadalupe had a warm and engaging personality, he was always making jokes to make everyone smile. An extremely intelligent person, he will be remembered for his sharp intellect, sound judgment, unwavering generosity and integrity. He was very considerate of others’ needs and always willing to help without hesitation. Jose Guadalupe was very hard working and honest. The life lessons he taught his children and grandchildren will live on through them forever. Jose Guadalupe was deeply adored and will be greatly missed.

Visitation was held January 23 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held January 24 at the funeral home until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to Our Lady the Mystical Rose Parish for a Mass of Christian Burial. Jose Guadalupe was laid to rest at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Jose’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

DlotlowskiDOROTHY C. DLOTKOWSKI

Dorothy C. Dlotkowski (nee Cherivtch) passed away January 22 with her daughter at her side.

She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond Dlotkowski; loving mother of Walter Raymond Dlotkowski and Judy (Wally) Osadzienski; proud grandmother of Walter Raymond Osadzienski; dear sister of Bernadine (Serafino) Buzzelli, Irwin (Carol) Kungis, the late John (late Joan) Kungis, late Ronald Kungis, late Richard (late Marge) Cherivtch. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held January 26 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held January 27 at the funeral home until time of Mass. Procession from the funeral home to Resurrection Cemetery where Dorothy was laid to rest next to her husband.

DudaSTANISLAW DUDA

Stanislaw Duda, age 72, passed away January 22.

Beloved husband of Victoria Duda (nee Maka); loving father of Krzysztof (Katarzyna) Duda, Jan (Zofia) Duda and Malgorzata (Krzysztof) Cison and step-father of Christopher (Tarra) Dziadkowiec, Randy (Michelle) Brock and Robert (Vanessa) Brock; dear grandfather of 22 and dearest great-grandfather of 8. Cherished son of the late Maria (nee Mrugala) and the late Jozef Duda; fond brother of the late Helena (the late Wladyslaw) Rusnak, the late Anna (the late Franciszek) Lojka, the late Maria (Wladyslaw) Skiba, the late Marian (Jozefa) Duda, Jan (Helena) Duda and Zofia (Jan) Bryja. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held January 24 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held January 25, 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.

LEO C. FITTERER

Flag FuneralLeo C. Fitterer, 90, formerly of Joliet, passed away.

He was an Army veteran.

Leo was the beloved husband of the late Helen (nee O’Rourke) Fitterer; loving father Debra (Michael) Finkelmeyer, Karen Bellino, Janice (Steven)Chrapla, Gary (Lisa), and the late Jeffrey Fitterer; loving grandfather of Paul, Nicole, Angela, Michael, Natalie, Katie, Ashley, and Jeffrey; proud, great – grandfather of Alexandre, Abigail, Andie, Atticus, Anthony, and Grayson; loving partner for over 20 years to Lucy Weidner; dearest Brother of the late Dolores Waters and Marilyn Coffey.

Funeral services were held January 26 at Palos Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Highway, Palos Hills. Interment Fairmount Willow Hills Cemetery.

RICHARD HENRY FISHER JR

Richard Henry Fisher Jr. passed away January 15.

Beloved husband of Karen (nee Lejkowski) Fisher; loving father of Ed Neerose, Melissa Spaniak and Richard Henry Fisher III; dear grandfather and great grandfather of 3; fond brother of Patti Puchalski and Linda Fisher. Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Per his wishes, Richard was cremated.

MICHAEL ‘THE HAWK’ G. GRIECO

Michael “The Hawk” G.  Grieco, 86, of Palos Park, passed away peacefully on January 26, surrounded by his family.

Born in Chicago at Mother Cabrini Hospital, he grew up near Little Italy, moved to Brighton Park, and ultimately settled in Palos Park.

He will forever be remembered for his unwavering love and devotion to his family and friends.

He was the beloved husband of Geraldine “Gerry” for 67 years, loving father of Michael (Carol) Grieco, Anthony (Debbie) Grieco, Gina Posey and Lisa (Bob) Pyle, devoted grandfather of Amanda, Elizabeth, Deanna, Nicole, Mike, Sera, Michelle, Matthew and proud great-grandfather of Gwenyth, Gianna, Vinny, Madden, Miller and Luca.  He was the caring uncle to Terri, Mary, Cheri, Leanne, Kevin, Kathy, and Louie and was preceded in death by his nephews Mike and Tommy and niece Donna and by his parents, Mary (nee DeFily) and Maurice Grieco, his sister Rosalie (Luciano “Duke”) Spalla and his brother Pasquale (Dorothea “Pinky”) Grieco.

After attending St. Philip High School, he began his career as a local truck driver. He worked for Gordon Transport for most of his career.

He loved listening to music on Pandora and never stopped playing the piano improvising as he went along.  He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, shooting pool, watching sports, and golfing. He even bowled a perfect game at Archer-Kedzie Bowling Alley, that earned him a special ring from the Professional Bowling Association. He loved horse racing and making his “Gravy” each Sunday.

He sang with the Our Lady of the Snows Choir and continued when he became a parishioner at Our Lady of the Woods.

Visitation will be Friday, February 2, from 3-8 p.m.  Funeral will be Saturday, February 3, at 9:15 a.m. from the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Highway, Palos Hills, to Our Lady of the Woods Church, Mass 10 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

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

GutierrezALEJANDRO J. GUTIERREZ

Alejandro J. Gutierrez, age 90, of Chicago, Gage Park Community, passed away January 18 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was the beloved husband of Olga (nee Sandoval); loving father of Alejandro Gutierrez Jr, Laura Gutierrez and the late Tomas Gutierrez; proud grandfather of Tomas, Christina, Ariel, Julian and Raquel; great grandfather of Ethan, Gianna, Avianna and Tristan; dear brother of Carlos Gutierrez and Elvia Gutierrez and the late Tomas, late Humberto and late Ernestina Gutierrez.

Visitation was held January 22 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held January 23 at the funeral until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to Our Lady of the Snows Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Alejandro was laid to rest at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Alejandro’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

LewisMARK P. LEWIS

Mark P. Lewis passed away suddenly at home January 16.

He was the beloved father of Master Chief Petty Officer Kevin Lewis, U.S.N. (Ericka) and Thomas (Danielle) Lewis; dear grandfather of Zachary, Connor, Brooklynn, Skylar and Zandar. Mark was preceded in death by his parents John and Genevieve Lewis. Fond brother of the late Timothy (Cindy) Lewis.

Per his request, Mark was cremated, and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

MendozaJOSE MENDOZA

Jose Mendoza, age 64, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away unexpectedly January 18.

He was the beloved father of Francesca; married to Linda Rodriguez Mendoza; son of the late Antonio Panteleon and late Dolores Mendoza. Jose will be missed by his many sisters, brother, nieces and nephews and friends. He was a loyal employee of Trans America Railroad. Jose loved music. He was an awesome D.J. Jose was blessed with a beautiful voice; he recorded many songs. A multi-talented musician, he was a percussionist, mastering the Congas. He played in many bands as the band’s percussionist and lead singer. He also was a proud member of the Gibbons Brothers Band. Loving to sing and dance, he brought so much joy and happiness to everyone. He was so gifted with his many talents; he knew how to make people smile and feel so good. He leaves behind a wealth of treasured memories. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Visitation for Jose was held January 24 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). A Mass in celebration of Jose’s life was held at the funeral home. Per his request Jose was cremated. Condolences may be sent to Jose’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

RappTHOMAS RAPP

Thomas Rapp, age 37, passed away January 14.

Lovingly survived by his parents, sister, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held January 22 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held January 23, service and time of remembrance were held at the funeral home. Interment, Fairmount-Willow Hills Memorial Park, Willow Springs. For information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

RyszkiewiczZENON RYSZKIEWICZ

Zenon Ryszkiewicz, age 64, passed away January 18.

Beloved husband of Maria Ryszkiewicz (nee Stopka); loving father of Anna (Anthony) Mendoza, Peter Ryszkiewicz and Katherine Ryszkiewicz; dearest grandfather of Maia Mendoza; cherished son of Waclawa (nee Stupak) and the late Edward Ryszkiewicz; dear brother of Alice (Kenneth) Dodds and Robert (Malgorzata) Ryszkiewicz; treasured son-in-law of the late Zofia and the late Franciszek Stopka; fond brother-in-law of Andrzej (Maria) Stopka and the late Jozef Stopka; uncle to David and Meghan, Adrian and Emily and Dominika (Maksymilian) and Filip. Also survived by many cousins, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held January 21 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held January 22, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Daniel the Prophet Church, 5358 S. Nashville Avenue, Chicago for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

SanchezMANUEL SANCHEZ

Manuel Sanchez, age 89, passed away January 17.

Beloved husband of the late Magdalena (nee Garcia); loving father of Melissa Tiangco; cherished grandfather of Mia and Tyler; dear brother of the late Salvador, the late Amparo, the late Benjamin, the late Aida S Yap, the late Augusto, the late Sinfroso, and Ma. Luisa S Consunji; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held January 20 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice with Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Patricia Church, 9040 S. 86th Avenue, Hickory Hills for Mass. Cremation rites to be accorded with private interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

DIANE WESENSTEN

Diane Wesensten, 81, of Palos Heights and formerly of Miami Shores, Florida, passed away on January 23, with her sister Suzanne by her side.

She was the loving daughter of the late Dolores M. (nee Kimmey), and John D. Wesensten Sr.  Beloved sister of Suzanne Wesensten and the late John D. Wesensten Jr. Dear granddaughter of the late Ann (nee Drysdale), and Charles F. “Shibby” Wesensten.

Diane worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years.  She was a kind, private person who loved her family and cared for her brother, mom, and dad.  She loved animals, nature, and was an avid reader, especially history, and she gave generously to charities.

It was Diane’s wishes not to have any public funeral services.  Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to the Becvar & Son Funeral Home in Crestwood.

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