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Obituaries June 6, 2024

AUGUST BOEHM August Boehm, beloved husband to Geraldine Boehm (nee Schuh), passed away peacefully April 22. Beloved husband to Geraldine Boehm (nee Schuh); son of the late August and the late Caroline (nee Musser) Boehm; brother of the late Caroline (the late Joseph) Kubat, the late Harriet (the late Parke) Filley, and Viivian (the late…

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Obituaries May 30, 2024

EDWARD S. COCHRAN Edward S. Cochran, age 93, passed away April 30. Loving father of Edward L. Cochran; loving grandfather of 3, great grandfather of 2. Ed was a member of Sheet Metal Workers #73 for 78 years. Visitation was held May 20 at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave. (corner of Lorel). Funeral…

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Obituaries May 23, 2024

TEOFILO ARRIETA Teofilo Arrieta, age 93, passed away March 26, 2024. Visitation was held April 5 at Szykowny Funeral Home Ltd., 4901 South Archer Avenue, Chicago. Funeral Mass was held April 6 at Our Lady of the Snows Parish, 4810 S. Leamington Ave, Chicago. Final resting place Queen of Heaven, 1400 S. Wolf Rd, Hillside.…

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Obituaries May 16, 2024

REV. MICHAEL P. AHLSTROM Rev. Michael P. Ahlstrom, 82, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, passed away Friday, May 3, 2024. Rev. Ahlstrom was born on April 7, 1942, in Indianapolis. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago, the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein and the University of Notre…

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Obituaries May 9, 2024

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,…

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Obituaries May 2, 2024

JOANNE GALLAS Joanne Gallas, a beloved figure in her community and a dedicated homemaker, passed away recently, leaving behind a legacy of kindness and devotion. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Joanne dedicated her life to nurturing her family and enriching the lives of the many students she encountered through her work with the Chicago Public School…

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Obituaries April 25, 2024

JOSEPH C. BURDA Joseph C. Burda, age 81, passed away March 28. Loving father of Amy Burda and Joseph Burda; dearest grandfather of Ryan Wenk and Lillianah Burda; cherished son of the late Mary (nee Breyer) and the late Joseph M. Burda; dear brother of Joan (Dan) Gale and Anna Hovey. Also survived by nieces,…

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Obituaries April 18, 2024

JAMES W. CZAJKOWSKI James W. Czajkowski formerly of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away April 4. He was the loving son of the late Walter and the late Irene (nee Gryska) Czajkowski; dearest brother of Robert J. Czajkowski and Linda (Michael) Brice; beloved uncle of Marlise Garcia, Jennifer Williams, Robert David Czajkowski, Kristin (Craig) Deming,…

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Obituaries April 11, 2024

SHARON AAGAARD Sharon Aagaard died peacefully March 18 after a prolonged illness and a life well lived. Sharon leaves behind her loving husband Kevin Aagaard, her beloved daughter Elizabeth (Liz) Vieth, her treasured granddaughter Lia Vieth, and many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews, and good friends. Sharon was born in the former St. Ann’s Hospital…

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Obituaries April 4, 2024

JAN BACHLEDA-KUBANSKI Jan Bachleda-Kubanski, age 90, passed away March 11. Beloved husband of Halina Pawlikowska and the late Helena Bachleda-Kubanska; loving father of Janina (Zbigniew) Galica, Halina (Jozef) Majerczyk, Jan (Anna) Bachleda-Kubanski and the late Andrzej Bachleda-Kubanski; father-in-law of Helena Garbacz; dear grandfather and great-grandfather of many; cherished son of the late Aniela (nee Bobak)…

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Obituaries March 28, 2024

HONORATA BIS Honorata Bis (nee Donicz), age 71, passed away peacefully with loving family by her side February 27. Beloved wife of Adam Bis; loving mother of Konrad Bis and Monika (Mariusz) Sarna; dear grandmother of Michael, Matthew, Amelia and Szymon; dearest daughter of the late Irena (nee Szaniawska) and the late Jan Donicz; dear…

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Obituaries March 21, 2024

JOAN CATHERINE BERTUCCI Joan Catherine Bertucci (nee Leech), age 85, passed away February 22. She was a loving mother to the late Madelin Fickett, Margaret (Paul) Dowda, Edward Fickett, David Fickett, and Angelina Bertucci; adoring grandmother to Melissa (Greg) Pytlak, to the late Michael (Kristi) Meloy, to Monique (Scott) Tyrrell, Maghann (Erik) McDaniel, Bradley Dowda,…

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Obituaries March 14, 2024

JOSEPHINE P. GRANAT Josephine P. Granat, age 82, passed away February 17. Cherished daughter of the late Bernice (nee Jasulaitis) and the late John Granat; beloved sister of the late James (Carol) Granat, the late John (Vivian) Granat, the late Johanna Granat, Joseph (Dolores) Granat, the late Jerome (Mary) Granat, the late Richard Granat, Steven…

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Obituaries March 7, 2024

DONALD “ANDY” ANDRASCO Donald C. “Andy” Andrasco, 96, of Chicago Ridge, passed away. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was the beloved husband of the late Edith (nee Lewis). Loving dad of Donna and the late David (Patty) Andrasco and Scotty Andrasco. Cherished grandfather of Colleen (Lamont Griffin), Jessica (Ryan Kocanda),…

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Obituaries February 29, 2024

ROSAURA GALLARDO Rosaura Gallardo, age 88, of Chicago, South Lawndale community, passed away unexpectedly February 8. She was the beloved wife for 63 years to the late Francisco Gallardo; loving daughter of the late Jose Elias Negron and the late Rosa Irizarry Negron; cherished mother of Guadalupe Gallardo, Gloria (Luis) Martinez, Francisco Jr. (Norma) Gallardo…

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Obituaries February 22, 2024

DONNA J. BAKER Donna J. Baker (nee Bjorklund), age 73, passed away January 28. Loving mother of Nancy (Frank Brown) Baker, Julie Baker, William (Shelley) Baker Jr., and Anthony (Krista) Baker; dear grandmother of Brittany Stutts, Christopher Brown, David Weeks, Robert Weeks, Richard Weeks Jr., Danielle Weeks, Alexis Siara-Chareun, Kayla Baker; cherished daughter of the…

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Obituaries February 15, 2024

ANNA BEDNARZ Anna Bednarz (nee Rzepka), age 72, passed away February 2. Beloved wife of the late Jan Bednarz; loving mother of Janina (Andrzej) Zolnierczyk, Maria Lassak and Wieslaw (Edyta) Bednarz; dear grandmother of Slawomir Zolnierczyk, Julia Lassak, Adrian Bednarz, Emilia Bednarz and Jacob Bednarz; cherished daughter of the late Anna (nee Mulica) and the…

McCook plans on sandblasting decades of paint off its fire hydrants -- like this one near the village hall -- and painting them a color to be determined. (Photo by Steve Metsch) 

McCook fire hydrants to be sandblasted and painted

By Steve Metsch Decades of paint – some three-quarters of an inch thick – will be sandblasted off most of the fire hydrants in McCook this summer. “For 30, 40 years we’ve been painting over them. They’ve never been sandblasted. It’s well overdue,” Mayor Terrance Carr said during the most recent board meeting. “What I…

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Woman sentenced in 2003 murders of newborn twins

From staff reports A 44-year-old woman, charged in the 2003 deaths of her newborn twins following an extensive cold case investigation by Cook County Sheriff’s Police, has been convicted of murder. On May 8, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced that Antoinette Briley pled guilty to murder at the Bridgeview Courthouse and was sentenced…

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McCook approves ‘preventive’ rodent control program

By Steve Metsch The McCook Village Board earlier this month approved what Mayor Terrance Carr calls “preventive maintenance.” The board on May 6 unanimously approved paying Rose Pest Solutions $12,000 for a 10-week rodent control program throughout the village. It’s not that the McCook now has a rat problem, Carr said. It’s that officials do…

New I-PASS sticker tag. (Photo from Illinois Tollway website)

Tollway to hand out free transponder stickers in Justice

By Carol McGowan Earlier this year, the Illinois Tollway began phasing out the plastic I-Pass transponder and introduced a sticker tag that goes on your vehicle’s windshield. If you’re still using a transponder, or want to get a new sticker, the Village of Justice is the place to be on Saturday, June 8. Rather than…

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Oak Lawn Library draws a crowd with Fan Fest

By Kelly White Comic book lovers gathered together in one common space earlier this month. Oak Lawn Public Library hosted its eighth annual Fan Fest, an all-ages celebration of pop culture, on May 11 at the library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue. “It’s wonderful to see the community come together in celebration of shared interests,” Elaina…

Palos Heights wants to chop down this tree, remove the greenspace and pave it over. (Photo by Nuha Abdessalam)

Navajo Hills residents want to save threatened cul-de-sacs

By Nuha Abdessalam Navajo Hills greenspace islands could be getting the ax and residents are upset. Residents of the East and West Courts of Navajo Hills, aware of the historical significance of the greenspace, spoke up during the Palos Heights City Council meeting May 21. There are five cul-de-sacs in the Navajo Hills subdivision and…

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Summer concerts coming to Palos Heights

By Nuha Abdessalam At the May 21 City Council meeting, Ald. Jeff Key shared exciting news about some of the summer activities coming to Palos Heights in the coming months. Key said the Concerts in the Park, a series of family-friendly events featuring live music, food vendors, and fun activities for all ages, will kick…

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau speaks during the May 16 State of the Village Address. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Nerds and bullies among topics of Orland’s State of the Village

By Jeff Vorva The 2024 Orland Park State of the Village Address was held at the Orland Park Civic Center, but it could have been held on a playground with talk of nerds and bullies and cool kids. Mayor Keith Pekau spent the first half hour “ripping off the Band Aid” of some recent controversial…

Vintage cars will again be rolling in the La Grange Pet Parade. The 78th edition of the parade starts at 9:30 a.m. June 1. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Folks urged to enter costume contest for La Grange Pet Parade

By Steve Metsch About 40,000 people are expected along the streets of downtown La Grange on Saturday morning June 1, with some of them dressing in costumes for the 78th annual La Grange Pet Parade. A costume contest has long been part of the parade, Molly Price, the parade’s executive director, said on May 23.…

Deputy Supt. of Public Works Ken Tucker (from left), Trustee Tim Kovel, Building Commissioner Matt Struve, Mayor Ernest Millsap, Public Works Superintendent Jody Kovel, Trustee Jorea Touranjeau, Trustee Dominic Misasi, and Trustee Lida Mills at the site of the new public works office building. (Photo by Carol McGowan)

Hodgkins breaks ground on new public works building

By Carol McGowan The Village of Hodgkins is getting ready to welcome a new public works office building at its facility off of 67th Street, east of East Avenue. Village officials and public works employees gathered last month for a groundbreaking. Hodgkins Mayor Ernest Millsap explained the history behind the Paul G. Struve Public Works Building. “Fifteen years…