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Obituaries for March 10

DONALD P. “DON” BROWN

Donald P. “Don”

Brown, passed away March 6.

Beloved husband of

Donna. Loving dad of Danielle (Michael) McEttrick and Debra (Jeff) Haney. Dear

papa of Nathan, Liam, Avery and Kensi Jo.

Visitation was

held March 9 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th

Avenue, Justice, where a Service and Time of Remembrance was held. Cremation

rites to be accorded.

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CASEY R. BUECHELE

Casey R. Buechele

age 54, of Chicago Ridge, passed away Feb. 26.

Beloved Father of

Courtney Buechele and Wesley (Elena) Buechele. Loving Companion to Terri. Dear

Stepfather of Cheri (Erich) Mazon and Daron Arnold. Dear Brother of Michael

Beuchele and Karen Buechele. Fond Uncle of Tiffany McLaughlin.

Visitation was

held March 1 at Foran Funeral Home. A Service to Celebrate Casey’s life was

held on March 2 at Foran Funeral Home.

ELZBIETA DOMASZCZYNSKA

Elzbieta

Domaszczynska, (nee Szulakiewicz), passed away Feb. 25.

Loving mother of

Pawel Domaszczynski and Ursula (Dawid) Grabczynski. Cherished daughter of the

late Janina and the late Michal Szulakiewicz. Beloved sister of Teresa (Jerzy)

Madej and siblings in Poland. Fond aunt of many.

Visitation was

held March 7 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th

Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held March 8. Family and friends gathered at Saint

Albert the Great Church, 5555 W. State Road, Burbank, for Mass. Interment

Parish Cemetery of Zabno, Poland.

CAROL ANN GREEN

Carol Ann Green

(nee Kovarik), age 73 of La Grange Park, passed away March 4.

Beloved mother of

Gregory (Lisa) Meyer, Terrence (Kelley) Meyer and Patrick (Nicole) Green; fond

grandmother of Gregory (Mona) Meyer, Miranda Meyer, Katey Meyer and Dylan

Green; dear sister of Joseph (the late Helen) Kovarik Jr.

Visitation was

held March 8 at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield.

Interment Private.

DONNA M. KINNEY-KOZICKI

Donna M.

Kinney-Kozicki (nee Patrick), passed away on Feb. 28.

Loving mother of

Krystal Smith and Keith (fiancee Julia) Kinney. Dear grandma of Anakin Smith.

Dear sister of Tony Patrick and Brian Patrick.

Visitation was

held March 3 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th

Avenue, Justice. Cremation rites to be accorded.

NORMAN A. KIRST

Norman A. Kirst, a

Korean War Army veteran, passed away March 1.

Beloved husband of

Marlene (nee Roeske). Loving dad of Patricia Kirst and Shirley Kirst. Dear

brother-in-law of Betty Roeske. Fond uncle of Stephen, Richard and Rochelle

Roeske. Fond companion of Lucky and Sammy. Past Commander of the 3rd District VFW,

Past Commander of Western Front 177 and Past Commander of DesPlaines Valley VFW

Post 6863.

Visitation was

held March 4 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th

Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held March 5. Service and Time of Remembrance was

held at the funeral home. Interment Saint Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park.

LEONA D. KLIMEK

Leona D. Klimek

(nee Pankow), passed away March 4.

Beloved wife of

the late John S. Klimek. Loving mom of Carla (Ron) Musick and John (Lori)

Klimek. Dear grandma of Jennifer, Jonathan, Jack and Samantha. Beloved sister

of the late Daniel (Jeanette) Pankow. Fond aunt of Theresa (Bill) Blisard,

Anthony Pankow and Michael (Jen) Pankow. Also survived by many cousins,

relatives and friends.

Visitation was

held March 6 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th

Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held March 7 with prayers from the funeral home to

Saint Patricia Church, 9050 S. 86th Avenue, Hickory Hills for Mass. Entombment

Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum, Justice. In lieu of flowers, donations to the

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, 310 N. River Road, Des Plaines,

Illinois 60016, are appreciated.

RANDALL K. “RANDY” KNEFEL

Randall K.

“Randy” Knefel, passed away March 2.

Beloved husband of

Michelle Blackstone. Loving dad of Pamela Knefel. Dear step-dad of Destiny

Slezak, Amanda, Nick and Zach Blackstone. Cherished son of Pete (Jackie) Knefel

and the late Pamela (nee Seigel) Knefel. Dear brother of Tracy (Mike)

Kowalczyk, Robin (Bill) Mitchell, Scott (Joanne) Knefel and Lauren Knefel. Also

survived by nieces and nephews. Loving friend of Kelly Evans.

Visitation was

held March 8 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th

Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held March 8. Service and Time of Remembrance was

held at the funeral home. Cremation rites to be accorded.

GREGORY A. KUDLA

Gregory A. Kudla,

age 62, of Chicago’s Archer Heights community, passed away Feb. 29.

Loving son of the

late Lottie (nee Torbinski) and late George F. Kudla. Survived by many cousins.

Visitation will be

Friday, March 11, 10-10:30 a.m. at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer

Ave., Willow Springs. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

STELLA LAVE

Stella Lave (nee

Bugaj), passed away March 3.

Beloved wife of

the late Edward Lave. Loving mother of Richard Lave and the late Patricia

(Jerome) Woznicki. Dear grandmother of Kerri (Duane) Stevens. Dearest

great-grandmother of Adam and Ella Stevens. Fond sister of Phyllis (Walter)

Klugiewicz, Matthew (Louise) Bugaj and the late Eugene (Gloria) Bugaj. Also

survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was

held March 7 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th

Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held March 8 with prayers from the funeral home to

Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St., Palos Hills, for Mass. Interment

Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. In lieu of flowers, donations to the

Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org, are appreciated.

DUSAN “DAN” J. LJUBENKO

Dusan “Dan” J.

Ljubenko, age 88, of La Grange Park.

Born in Chicago on Oct. 3, 1927

and passed away Feb. 26. Army Air Corp veteran, stationed in Japan.

Retired Chemical Engineer at

Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute and Risk Insurance Manager

– IITRI, the Richardson Co. and OSI Industries, Past President of the United

Serbian Society (JEDINSTVO), Past President of the Holy Resurrection Serbian

Orthodox Cathedral, Chicago, Past President of Serb National Federation

(S.N.F.) Local Lodge-St. George #195, Past President and 1st Vice President of

The Serb National Federation (S.N.F.), Past Master of Old Glory Masonic Lodge,

Member of Medinah Shrine, Past Board Member of Lyons Township High School,

District 204 School Board.

Beloved husband of

Olga Ljubenko (nee Deretich), fond father of Stephen Ljubenko and Cynthia

Ljubenko, dear brother of Kosto Ljubenko and Luka (the late Lucille) Ljubenko,

uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was

held March 3 at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield. Lying

in State March 4 to Time of Service at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox

Cathedral, 5701 N. Redwood Drive, Chicago. Interment New Gracanica Serbian

Monastery Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Holy

Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 N. Redwood Drive, Chicago 60631.

LUDWINA LUKANUS

Ludwina Lukanus

(nee Sroka), age 86, passed away March 2.

Beloved wife of

the late Stanislaw Lukanus. Loving mother of Aleksandra (Wladyslaw) Konopka,

Stanislaw (Anna) Lukanus, Wladyslawa (Jan) Obrochta, Stanislawa Mozdzien,

Edward (Bronislawa) Lukanus and Zofia (Stanislaw) Strama. Dear grandmother of

12 and dearest great-grandmother of 14. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Also survived by many relatives and friends.

Visitation was

held March 4 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th

Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held March 5 with prayers from the funeral home to

Our Lady Mother of the Church Polish Mission, 116 Hilton St., Willow Springs,

for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

ANNA LYNCH

Anna Lynch (nee Kieta);

age 65, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge, passed away March 5.

Beloved wife of

the late Richard; loving mother of Patricia (James) Finn and Maryann Lopez;

dearest grandmother of Kimberly Finn (fiancŽ Christopher Zelnis), James Richard

Finn, Shannon Rose Finn; Krystal, Tiffany, Jessica and Michael Patrick Lopez;

devoted daughter of the late Ludwika nee Obrochta and late Franciszek Kieta;

dearest sister of Mary Maka, Andy Kieta, Helena Cahill, Christina Salata,

Eugenia Szczepaniak, late Zofia Mateja, late Rose Torres, late Jan Kieta and

the late Angela Gaynor; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was

held March 8 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 5088 S. Archer Ave., (corner of

Keeler). Funeral services were held March 9.

EUNICE A. OCHENKOWSKI

Eunice A.

Ochenkowski, (nee Skibinski), age 78, of Willow Springs, formerly of Chicago’s

Archer Heights community, passed away March 4.

Beloved wife of

the late Edmund; loving mother of Bob, Robbin, Rick (Kathy Kraus) Ochenkowski,

Kim Mraz, Kristi (Jeff) Tablerion and Dawn (Jeff) Jurkovich; dear grandmother

of Rick (Jen), Lindsay, Tim, Bob, Kourtney, Dan, Kelli, Jeff, Rachel, Kurt,

Alex, Jake, Jessica, Scott, Griffin and Keegan; dearest great grandmother of

Rien and Palmer; dear sister of Cynthia Sampson; fond sister-in-law of Jean

Sylvester, Dorothy Szcepaniak, Loretta Kubicki, Issie Kulik, Terri Ochenkowski,

the late Wanda Ruzycki, late Ed and late Frank Ochenkowski; fond aunt of Scot

(Maria) McCartney and many nieces and nephews; devoted friend to Sam and Marie

Villa.

Visitation was

held March 7 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow

Springs. Funeral was held March 8 from the funeral home to the Church of St.

Patricia for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

JERRY R. ROBERTS

Jerry R. Roberts, Navy

veteran, passed away March 3.

Beloved husband of

the late Madge. Loving father of Linda (Daryl) Descher and Michael Roberts.

Also survived by grandchildren, brother Virgil (Jolene) Roberts, nieces and

nephews.

Visitation was

held March 5 at the Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th

Avenue, Justice where a service was held. Private Entombment Bethania Cemetery

Mausoleum, Justice.

ANN RYCZEK

Ann Ryczek (nee

Galik), passed away on March 2.

Beloved wife of

the late Walter Ryczek. Loving mother of Dennis (Lorraine) Ryczek, Lawrence

(Sharon) Ryczek, Denise (Joseph) Villardito and the late Darlene (the late

Alvin) Curtis. Dear grandmother of Cynthia, Jennifer, Jonathan, Kimberly,

Carolyn, Tony and Kristy. Dearest great-grandmother of 12.

Visitation was

held March 4 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th

Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held March 5 with prayers from the funeral home to

Saint Symphorosa Church, 6135 S. Austin Ave., Chicago for Mass. Interment

Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information,

TERRANCE J. SHAUGHNESSY

Terrance J.

Shaughnessy, age 72, of Monee, formerly of Summit, passed away March 3. Army

veteran of Vietnam War.

Beloved husband of

Patricia (nee Carroll). Loving father of Sean and Patrick (Donna) Shaughnessy,

Julie (Mark) Parente and Lynn (Tom) Slazyk. Proud grandfather of eight. Beloved

son of the late Joseph (the late Rosalie nee Paris) Shaughnessy. Fond brother

of the late Diane (Harold) Nunnery, Judith (Thomas) Mc Kenna, Gordon (Dorothy)

Shaughnessy, Richard Shaughnessy, the late James Shaughnessy, Peggy Lenda,

Sandy and Joseph Shaughnessy, Robert (Patricia) Shaughnessy. Cherished uncle,

great uncle, great-great uncle of many.

Funeral was held

March 7 from Foran Funeral Home 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th St. just west of

Harlem) to St. Joseph Church for Mass of Resurrection. Interment Resurrection

Cemetery.

GREGORY S. WENNERSTROM

Gregory S.

Wennerstrom, age 47, of La Grange Park, passed away March 1.

Beloved husband of

Tracy (nee Parpet); loving father of Madelyn and Steven; dear son of Russell

“Spike” and Shirley (nee Nehls); dear brother of Russell (Jenny) and Allen

(Mary); dear uncle of Alex and Jake and many other nieces and nephews.

Visitation was

held March 6-7 at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield.

Funeral was held March 7 to St. Louise de Marillac Church, La Grange Park for

Mass. Interment Private. Memorials appreciated at

https://www.youcaring.com/gregwennerstrom.

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