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Obituaries July 11, 2024

STANISLAW BAFIA Stanislaw Bafia, age 83, passed away May 29. Beloved husband of Joanna Bafia (nee Czubiak); loving father of Stanley (Danuta) Bafia, Irene (the late Andrzej) Janas, Christine (Jacob) Kosiba, Bill (Halina) Bafia and Katherine (Andy) Kalita; dear grandfather of Daniel Janas, Michael Janas, John Janas, Thomas Janas, Alice Janas, Magdalena Janas, Christine Szeliga,…

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Obituaries June 27, 2024

MICHALENE M. GALLORO Michalene M. Galloro (nee Mazur), passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family June 16. Beloved wife of Vito Galloro for 60 years; loving mother of Michele N. Galloro (Allen) and Vito III (Lina) Galloro; dear grandmother of Joseph, Vincent and Francesca and great grandmother to Gianna Michele; dear sister of Theresa (late…

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Obituaries June 20, 2024

ROMAN MARION BUCON Roman Marion Bucon, age 96, passed away May 1. Roman was born in Polichna, Poland on January 15, 1928, to the late Josef and late Felicja (Babicz) Bucon. He immigrated to Chicago where he met his wife, Anna Popinski. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Anna Bucon,…

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Obituaries June 13, 2024

REV. EDWARD J. CRONIN Rev. Edward J. Cronin, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and former pastor of St. Alexander Parish in Palos Heights, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2024, at the age of 69. Rev. Cronin was born on Nov. 8, 1954, in Chicago. He attended St. Francis de Sales High School and…

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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…

Cleveland Cavaliers guard-forward Max Strus hits a 3-pointer last season over the Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown. Photo courtesy of Max Strus

Hometown Hoops Hero: Stagg alum Max Strus discusses his rise through the NBA, hitting big shots and his annual youth hoops camp

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent A lot of changes have taken place for Max Strus during the past year. While the Cleveland Cavaliers guard has played in an NBA Finals and been featured as No. 1 on ESPN SportsCenter’s “Top Plays,” among other noteworthy events, the Stagg alum is the same homegrown kid who grew up…

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Migrants coming to Ford City

. Nearly a thousand coming this month to Holiday Inn . By Tim Hadac The Pritzker Administration is converting a vacant hotel in the Midway area to a shelter expected to house as many as 950 migrants. The action is occurring quickly, with migrants expected to move in this month. In a press release posted…

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CTA hiring means more rail service

. Orange Line sees 11% jump . From staff reports The Chicago Transit Authority has announced that because of what they described as continued, aggressive recruiting, hiring and training efforts, it has added 8.5% more scheduled rail service in recent weeks for a total of 9% more scheduled service added since April 2024. Locally, there…

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LeaderShop Alumni Association to host peaceful rally during Thursday board meeting

The LeaderShop Alumni Association, a group of volunteers, previous staff members, former board members, funders, donors, and stakeholders who are community minded and energized by the mission of The LeaderShop, will host a peaceful rally in support of change to current leadership for the nonprofit agency. The rally will be held during The LeaderShop Board…

The Mariano’s store in Frankfort would be among the stores transferred to a new owner if the Kroger-Albertson’s merger is approved. (Photo by Bob Bong)

Comings & Goings: Palos Jewel, Oak Lawn Mariano’s to be sold in merger deal

By Bob Bong Kroger and Albertson’s this week released the list of stores the companies plan to sell, should a merger between the grocery giants be approved by regulators. Jewel Food Stores in Alsip and Palos Heights are among the stores listed for sale as well as Mariano’s locations in Oak Lawn, Orland Park, and Frankfort. The…

The Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., kicked off its adult and teen summer reading season with a Local Author Showcase featuring a book fair and 30 authors June 12. (Photos by Enrique Reyes, Courtesy of the Oak Lawn Public Library)

Oak Lawn Library hosts Local Author Showcase

By Kelly White Oak Lawn Public Library opened its doors to the summer season and to its local authors. The library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., kicked off its adult and teen summer reading season with a Local Author Showcase featuring a book fair and 30 authors June 12. “Thirty authors, two hours, and lots of…

Palos Heights native Patrick Bertotelli won the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest July 4 in New York. (Photo courtesy of Major League Eating)

Palos Heights native is top dog in famous eating contest

By Jeff Vorva At one time, it may have seemed impossible for Palos Heights native Patrick Bertoletti to win the Nathan’s Hog Dog Eating contest. After all, Joey Chestnut was roasting opponents year after year by winning 16 titles since 2007 and had a streak of gobbling up championships eight years in a row heading…

Palos Park Mayor Nicole Milovich-Walters is hoping a mobile DMV will return to the village after the July 15 visit was sold out. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

DMV sellout could mean a return visit in Palos Park

By Jeff Vorva Palos Park Clerk Marie Arrigoni announced that appointments for the one-day mobile Department of Motor Vehicles visit to Village Hall are sold out. That’s bad news for those residents who were looking forward to taking care of DMV business right there in town. But it was good news to Mayor Nicole Milovich-Walters.…

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LeaderShop director faces more charges from former staffers

From staff reports The LaGrange-based LeaderShop, a social service agency that recently lost $300,000 in funding, is facing new charges of a toxic work environment, bullying, and inappropriate behavior by Executive Director Alan Morales. Since the story was first published in the Desplaines Valley News on June 24, at least six women have documented their…

Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty presents a copy of the proclamation honoring the Lyons Mustangs Athletic Club for 100 years to President Gary Benedik. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Lyons Mustangs honored for 100 years of service

By Steve Metsch It’s not often a service organization hits 100 years. But there are not many service organizations like the Lyons Mustangs Athletic Club. “We don’t know of any other organization anywhere around here, maybe in the city of Chicago, but maybe around here that has made it 100 years. It’s quite a feat.…