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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…

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Obituaries February 8, 2024

AGNIESZKA “AGNES” BASIORKA Agnieszka “Agnes” Basiorka (nee Tylka), 83, passed away January 25. Beloved wife of the late Andrzej “Andrew” Basiorka; loving mother of the late Thaddeus Basiorka, John (Theresa) Basiorka and Joseph (Mary) Basiorka; former mother-in-law of Anna Komperda; dear grandmother of Ryan (Aleksa) Basiorka, Derek (Carisa) Basiorka, Eric (Samantha) Basiorka, Ashley (Chris) Skorusa,…

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Obituaries February 1, 2024

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…

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…

Eighteenth Ward Ald. Derrick Curtis raises his right hand as he points south towards Evergreen Park to remind the audience that Pete’s has another store just a mile away. Looking on are Pete’s Fresh Market executives Stephanie and Vanessa Dremonas, as well as Emmanuel Bey (left), credited by Curtis for being a catalyst who linked him with the Dremonas family. --Greater Southwest News-Herald Photo by Steve Neuhaus

‘Curtis got it done’

. Pete’s Fresh Market opens at 87/Kedzie .  By Tim Hadac A grand opening that wasn’t supposed to happen…happened in Ashburn this month. For 18th Ward Ald. Derrick G. Curtis, architect of the development, it was a time of joy and nervous energy. “I didn’t get any sleep last night,” he told several hundred people…

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Champion athlete wants you to show your muscle

. SW Side man could be named Mr. Health & Fitness .  By Tim Hadac A man whose life is all about helping others is looking for a vote of confidence to help him do more. Fitness advocate Bill Truesdale is currently in the running to win a national contest to be named Mr. Health…

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Learning history is fun, honest

Seventh and eighth graders from Our Lady of the Snows School clamor to rub the nose of a bust of President Abraham Lincoln during a field trip to Springfield earlier this month. Rubbing the nose of the famous bust of Honest Abe–a part of the tomb of the nation’s 16th President–is said by many to…

13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn

Fight to save ShotSpotter is still alive

. By Tim Hadac Editor Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound (708)-496-0265 . As you have read several times in the Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound, the people of Clearing and Garfield Ridge are clear in their support of keeping ShotSpotter technology deployed in Chicago, to help police fight crime. So I won’t go over old ground. But…

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63rd Street getting a facelift

. Quinn hails federally funded resurfacing project  . By Tim Hadac The old joke about there being not four seasons, but just two in Chicago each year—winter and construction—was apparent late last week as heavy equipment arrived in Clearing. As 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn and other city officials gathered for an outdoor press conference…

23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares

Tabares blasts Foxx over ‘no seizure’ idea

. Brands State’s Attorney as ‘pro-criminal’ .  By Tim Hadac Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares this week blasted outgoing Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx over a possible change in how crimes are—or are not–prosecuted.Foxx recently said she is considering a plan to decline to prosecute weapons and drug crimes detected by routine traffic stops.…

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School can get messy

Second grader Weronika Kozielec squirts ketchup on the head of Our Lady of the Snows School Principal Christina Avis at a recent gathering in the parking lot of the school, 4810 S. Leamington. But the condiment was not all that was dumped on the principal. Students, faculty and staff laughed and cheered as mustard, chocolate…

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Summer calendar filling up quickly

. By Patti Tyznik Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • ptyznik@gmail.com . Summer is rapidly approaching, and the neighborhood is geared up for lots of great summer fun and activities. The Midway Chamber of Commerce’s farmer’s market will be opening on Wednesdays at the end of May through September at Archer…