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Obituaries May 9, 2024

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DOLORES DESPARROIS

Dolores Desparrois (nee Raudis), age 87, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away peacefully April 25.

Beloved wife of the late Robert W. Desparrois; loving mother of Robert (late Julie) Desparrois, Joseph (Rose), Raymond (Kim), and Kenneth; grandmother to 12 children Nicholas, Bobby, Nicole, Johnny, Amanda, Becky, Christine, Sharon, Jennifer, Wendy, Angela, Michael, and many great grandchildren. Dolores was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and she also had a love for all things fishing. Dolores worked for over ten years with the Cook County Clerks Office.

Visitation was held April 30 at Foran Funeral home until time of prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Daniel the Prophet Church for a Mass of Christian burial. Dolores was laid to rest next to her husband at Resurrection cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Dolores’ family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

CARMEN A. DIAZ

Carmen A. Diaz, age 62, passed away April 4.

If Roses Grow in Heaven Lord, please pick a bunch for me. Place them in my mother’s arms and tell her they’re from me. Tell her that I love and miss her, and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for a while. Remembering her is easy, I do it every day, but there’s an ache within my heart that will never go away. Rest in paradise Mommy you will forever be missed.

Visitation was held April 13 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Cremation rites were accorded. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

DOLORES V. KACZMARSKI

Dolores V. Kaczmarski (nee Pencak) age 94, passed away April 23.

Beloved wife the late Leonard M. Kaczmarski; loving mother of Maryann (Tom) Slater, Thomas, Susan (Leslie) Bograd, James (Margaret) and Karen (William) Moore; cherished grandmother of James, Amanda (Jolene), Sam, Andrea (Paul), Ted (Jessica), Alaina (Danny), Jessica (Dustin), Rebecca (Michael), Melissa (Jason), Katie, Michael, Emily, Benjamin and Joshua; great grandmother of Lucy, Olivia, Jack, Vivian, Ben, Henry, Charlie, Liam and Benjamin; dear daughter of the late Julian and the late Aniela (nee Mrozowski) Pencak; dear sister of Loretta (late Pasquale) Nirchi, the late Sr. M Agnes CSFN, the late Thomas, the late Mary (late Steve) Jaszczak, the late Chester (late Irene), the late Sophie (late John) Balcer, the late Irene (late Walter) Pilarski, the late Frank “Leo” (late Dolores), the late Stanley (late Georgiana), the late Richard “Sam” (late Frances) and the late Ferdinand “Fred” Pencak.  Dear aunt to many nieces and nephews and a fond friend to many.

Dolores was a lifelong parishioner and member of St. Camillus Church, Choir, the Mothers Club and St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Visitation was held April 28 at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave. (Corner of Lorel). Funeral Prayers April 29 at the funeral home followed by a procession to St. Faustina Kowalska Church for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.  For more information, please call 773-767-1840.

MADELON M. KNIGHT

Madelon M. Knight passed away April 15.

She was born 10-2-1931 to John and Hazel Themascus. John an immigrant from Athens, Greece who later met his wife Hazel in America. She was raised with four siblings. Anastasia, George, John and Mercedes. All have preceded her in death. She was survived by her cherished daughter, best friend, Sharon (Russ) Lyewski, granddaughter Lisa (Mike) Gehl, Russell (Amanda) Lyewski who blessed her with three great grandchildren. Joey, Benny and Lennon. She was also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Each and every one of them were special to her in every way. Madelon Knight, aka Teenie, is now at rest where she yearned to be.

Visitation was held April 17 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, with a Service and Time of Remembrance held at the funeral home. Cremation rites to be accorded. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

LAZARO F. LANDA

Lazaro F. Landa, age 37, passed away April 5.

Lovingly survived by his family, numerous relatives and many friends.

Visitation was held April 11 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, 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.

EVELYN C. MAJKOWSKI
Evelyn C. Majkowsi (nee Kossak), 95, longtime resident of Palos Heights, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.
She was the beloved wife of the late Stanley J. Majkowski.  Loving mother of Wayne (Brenda), Roy (Mary Ann), and Arlene Majkowski.  Cherished grandmother of Sandy (Larry) Maurer, Michael Majkowski, Tommy McNichols, Adam (Aimee) Majkowski, and Emily (Sam) Majkowski.  Special great-grandmother of Logan, Olivia, Luke, and Parker.  Dear daughter of the late Frank and Bertha Kossak.  Fond sister of the late Mary Ann Traverso.
Visitation will be Friday morning, May 10, from 9 a.m. until time of Chapel Prayers, 10:30 a.m., at the Becvar & Son Funeral Home, 5539 W. 127th Street, Crestwood, to Incarnation Catholic Church, 5757 W. 127th Street, Crestwood, for an 11 a.m. Mass.  Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.
For more information, call 708-824-9000 or visit www.becvarfuneralhome.com

ANNA PASZKIEWICZ

Anna Paszkiewicz (nee Garncarek), age 85, passed away April 16.

Former wife of the late Wladyslaw Paszkiewicz; loving mother of the late Grazyna (the late Ireneusz) Nowak and Elzbieta (Tadeusz) Wlodarczyk; dear grandmother of Anna (Philip) Golucki, Elzbieta Wlodarczyk, Magdalena (Michael) Golucki, Katarzyna Nowak and Elzbieta (Artur) Rutkowski; dearest great-grandmother of Jedrzej Rutkowski, Zofia Rutkowska, Adam Rutkowski, Noah Golucki, Gabriel Golucki and Adalyn Golucki; cherished daughter of the late Marianna (nee Drabek) and the late Franciszek Garncarek; fond sister of the late Irena (the late Waclaw) Nowak, the late Edmund (the late Malgorzata) Garncarek and the late Eugeniusz (the late Teresa) Garncarek. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held April 19 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice with 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.

LYLLIAM RODRIGUEZ

Lylliam Rodriguez, age 66, passed away March 4.

Visitation was held March 7. Funeral Services by Szykowny Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held March 8 at St. Mary Star of the Sea – 6435 S. Kilbourn, Chicago. Burial at St. Mary Cemetery.

FULGENCIO SALINAS

Fulgencio Salinas, age 91, passed away peacefully March 2, surrounded by his loving family.

He leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion, survived by his beloved wife Sofia, his sons Raul, Gilberto, Uriel, Jose, and his daughters Delia, Adela, and Esther. Fulgencio’s life was blessed with the joy of family, evident in the 24 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren who carry his spirit forward.

Friends and family gathered to pay their respects during the visitation on March 6, at Szykowny Funeral Home, located at 4901 S. Archer Ave. Chicago. A Funeral Mass to honor Fulgencio’s life was held March 7 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 2127 W 22nd Chicago. An open casket viewing took place before the mass.

ALFREDA SZCZESNA

Alfreda Szczesna, age 90, passed away peacefully April 10.

Beloved wife of late Marian Szczesny; loving mother of Jolanta Wilk, late Krzysztof Szczesny, and Elzbieta (Jerzy) Kacki; dear grandmother of Mariusz (Sylvia) Wilk, Konrad (Dorothy) Wilk, Claudia (Max) Reytikh, Rafal (Malgorzata) Kacki, Joanna (Michael) Clancy, Agnieszka (Mariusz) Kawecki, Jakub Kacki, Anna Baran, and Lukasz Szczesny; cherished daughter of the late Helena (nee Duda) and the late Wladyslaw Baranski; fond sister of the late Tadeusz Baranski and Mariola Bytonska. Also survived by great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral Mass was held April 27 at Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church, 8029 S. Central Avenue, Burbank. Alfreda will be laid to rest at Cmentarz Parafialny in Pionki, Poland. Arrangements entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

JUSTYNA SZTACHELSKA

Justyna Sztachelska, age 38, passed away February 27.

Justyna Sztachelska was born on August 1, 1985 to Barbara Sztachelska and Stanisław Sztachelski in Zielona Góra, Poland. In 2001, Wojciech Sikora met Justyna at the local grocery store, Bobaks. Justyna and Wojciech went on to have 4 children, Violetta Sikora, Wojciech Sikora jr, Adrian Sikora, and Veronika Sztachelska. Justyna was preceded in death by Stanisław Sztachelski and Darius Sztachelski. She is survived by Barbara, Violetta, Adrian Wojciech, Wojciech jr, Veronika.

Services were held at Szykowny Funeral home March 4. The family requests donations be made to help with funeral expenses through via Zelle (3122067257).

GERTRUDE C. TARBOX

Gertrude C. Tarbox (nee Klucznik), age 100, of Chicago, passed away peacefully at home February 25, surrounded by loving family.

She is survived by her son Gerald (Beverly) Tarbox, her grandson Nico Tarbox, nieces Gloria Golec and Nancy Loduca, and nephew Carl Lance. Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband Richard Tarbox, her son James (Janie) Tarbox, her brother Bernard Klucznik, and her sisters Helen Lance, Jean Golec, and Sophie Sikon.

Visitation was held March 1 at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer Ave. Chicago, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Bruno Church, 4751 S. Harding. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

ROBERT L. URSO

Robert L. Urso, age 80, of Countryside, passed away peacefully Feb. 6 following a long illness.

Bob is survived by his partner and best friend, Robin Scott; his sons, Robert (Jan) and Joseph (Drew) Burke; his daughters, Tina (John) Boshardy and Cheryl (Chris) Aiello; his grandchildren Caitlin (Matt) Burke; Alex and Max Aiello; Leo Boshardy; Natalie Urso; Madison Aiello; Sophia, Jack and Thomas Urso; and Vincent Aiello; along with great-grandchildren, Roman and Coen Burke. He also leaves behind three sisters, Mary Ann Rieley, Dee Dee Harmon and Ellen Manual. Our beloved Bob will be missed by many good friends that brought joy into our lives during his long battle with cancers. Bob is preceded in death by his mother, Anne Varey, his brothers, Mario (aka Jim) and Tom Urso, and his wife Patricia.

A private celebration of Bob Urso’s life was held April 16. Arrangements entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

STANISLAW WALUS  

Stanislaw Walus, age 82, passed away April 16.

Beloved husband of Zofia Walus (nee Nowicka); Loving father of Stasia (Stanislaw) Zubek and Jacek Walus; dear grandfather of Natalia Walus, Agnieszka (Mike) Paragas and Marta (Sebastian) Merchut; dearest great-grandfather of Hannah, Sophia and Jacob; cherished son of the late Helena (nee Handzel) and the late Jan Walus; fond brother of Anna Kasperek, Maria Karolak, the late Jozef Walus, the late Helena Bachleda, Janina Duda, Wojciech Walus, the late Jan Walus, Wladyslaw Walus, Zofia Gil, Krystyna Michniak and Katarzyna Dlugopolski. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held April 19 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held April 20, 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.

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