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Obituaries for Oct. 25

ABIGAIL BARRIENTOS Abigail Barrientos (nee Rodarte), age 85, of Chicago’s Brighton Park community, passed away October 17 at home.

Beloved wife of Guadalupe Barrientos; devoted mother of Maria (Raul) Ramirez, Eusebio (Teresa) B., Juana (David) Ulloa, Guadalupe B., Ofelia (Rigo) Gabriel, Manuel (Wendy) B., Ester (Eliseo) Reyes, Carmen (Juan) Tapia, Martha (Gabriel) Hernandez, Maria “Cuca” B., Adrian B., Felipe (Sandra) B., Pedro B., the late Alberto B., and the late Benedita B.; dearest grandmother, great grandmother of many. Proceeded in death by her brothers and sisters. Also brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Visitation was October 19 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 5088 S. Archer Ave. Funeral was held October 20 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Juan Bautista for Mass. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

EDWARD C. CAPRATA Edward C. Caprata, age 89, passed away October 17.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

Beloved husband of the late Sophie (nee Bergles); loving father of David Caprata and Brenda (Sten) Ganzel; dear grandfather of Sam Ganzel. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was October 20 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 20 at the funeral home. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, Justice.

MARY A. CRNKOVICH Mary A. Crnkovich (nee Sikich), age 97, a 60-year resident of LaGrange Park, formerly of McCook, passed away October 19.

Mary was a proud homemaker and secretary for 29 years in real estate.

Beloved wife of the late Joseph Crnkovich; daughter of the late Michael Sikich and Margaret Sikich (nee Stefanac); loving mother of Richard (Janifer) Crnkovich, Sandra (Rodney) Pezelj; devoted grandmother of Suzy May, Kim (Melanie Kosar) Crnkovich and Lisa (John) Uckerman; great-grandmother of 8; sister of the late Matthew (the late Ernie) Sikich, Zon (Caroline) Sikich, Kaye (the late Art) Erdmann; grand dog Rocky.

Visitation was October 22-23 at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield. Funeral was held October 23 to St. Louise De Marillac, LaGrange Park for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

THOMAS FRANCIS DAVERN Thomas Francis Davern, age 84, of Lemont, passed away October 17.

He was an Army veteran.

Beloved husband of 63 years to Gloria Jean (nee Oliva); loving father of Michael (Cheryl) Davern, Julianna (Tom) Wroblewski and Joseph (Lenora) Davern; son of the late Margaret Davern (nee Rice) and Henry Davern; dear brother of the living Judith (Ben) Lewanski, the late Patrick (Patsy) Davern the late James (Caroline) Davern the late Joan Davern; caring grandfather of Christina (Drew), Michael Jr., Jonathan (Samantha), Stephanie (Anthony), Thomas Jr. (Gina), Justin, Samantha, Joseph Jr., Ashley, and Alexis; great grandfather of his little loves, Lili, Clio, Eckhart, and Tommy III; fond brother in law of Andrea (Jerry) Hacker, Eileen (Jimmy) Dalicandro, Maureen Crimmins, Susan (Florian) Domino. Uncle to Jerry Jr. (Alison) Hacker, Mark (Mindy) Hacker, John (Lisa) Belmonte, Eva Belmonte, Anthony Crimmins, Dina Tucci, Nikki (Vince) Baldassano Sr., the late Timmy Davern, the late Eddie Davern, Catherine (Bob) Silva, Mary Davern Whelan, Mark (Janice) Davern, Matt (Kim) Davern), Theresa Davern, Judy Davern, Tommy (Michelle) Davern, Albert Davern, Jimmy (Debbie) Davern, Kelly (Tom) Torres, the late Colleen (Mike) Claffey, Stephen (Heather) Davern, Bobby (Karen) Sawyer, Peggy (the late Nigel) Murry, Bill (Neda) Sawyer, Patrick (Caroline) Sawyer, Andrea (Heath) Zeller. Great uncle to many beautiful nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers do a kind deed for someone in need, a helping hand to a caregiver, a memorial donation of your choice would be beautiful ways to remember the kindness and generosity that Tom lovingly shared with all of us throughout his life.

Visitation was October 23 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 24.

Family and friends gathered at Saint Symphorosa Church, 6135 S. Austin Avenue, Chicago, for Mass. Private interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.

KATHRYN ‘KITTY’ DOLCE Kathryn “Kitty” Dolce, age 76, passed away October 10.

Kathryn is survived by nieces, Mary (Peter) Rizzo and Elizabeth (John) Mares; great-nieces and nephews, Brian (Caitlin) Rudzinski, John Rizzo, Ross Rizzo, Angela Rizzo, Mitchell Mares, and Mason Mares. Also survived by Donna Dolce, Ricky Dolce, and Brian (Casandra) Kulovitz. Preceded in death by parents, Rosario and Laura Dolce; siblings, Salvatore (Margaret) Dolce, Richard (Gloria) Dolce, and Daniel Dolce.

Private cremation rites were accorded and entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice.

NANCY M. FORMANEK Nancy M. Formanek, age 75, of Palos Park, formerly of Chicago, passed away October 16.

Loving daughter of the late Charles and Mary (nee Scybowski) Formanek; cherished sister of Dennis (late Connie) Formanek. Dearest aunt and cousin of many.

Visitation was October 19 at Foran Funeral Home 7300 W.

Archer Ave. in Summit. A Celebration of Life Service was held October 20 at the Funeral Home. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

DANIEL S. GRADILLA Daniel S. Gradilla, age 17, passed away October 16.

Cherished son of Veronica (nee Medina) and Francisco Gradilla; dearest brother of Franky Gradilla; adored grandson of Paz and Leonel Medina and Esperanza and Jose Gradilla. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. Beloved by his horse companion Gavilan.

Visitation was October 19 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 20 from the funeral home to Our Lady of the Snows Church, 4810 S. Leamington Avenue, Chicago. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

BEVERLY HAPKE Beverly Hapke (nee Lederman), age 86, passed away October 17.

Beloved wife of the late Donald Hapke; loving mother of Dan Hapke, Jodi (Anthony) DuBois and the late Jill Hapke; dear grandmother of Danielle (Trey) Schexnayder, Cody DuBois and Amanda DuBois; loving daughter of the late Raymond and the late Teresa Lederman; dear sister of the late Raymond (the late Joan) Lederman and the late Shirley Lederman. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was October 21 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 22 from the funeral home to Saint Rene Goupil Church, 6340 S. New England Avenue, Chicago, for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice

JOHN J. KLIMEK John J. Klimek, age 85, of Chicago’s Archer Heights community, passed away October 15 at home.

He was the beloved husband and best friend of 65 years to Marian (nee Skwarek); loving father of John (Diane), Joseph (Laurie), Catherine Klimek, Deborah (Joseph) Nieminski, Mark (Diana) Klimek, Mary Ann (Frank) Orrico and the late James Klimek; cherished grandfather of Steven (Pamela) Klimek, Kristen (Jay) Sheehan, Jonathan (Katie) Klimek, Elyse (Toby) Petzel, Alexa Klimek, Anne and Joseph Nieminski, Mark (Lauren) Klimek, Karen (Jonathan) Turner, Kevin (Katlynn) Klimek, Callista and Mikayla Orrico, Kelsey and James Klimek; adored great-grandfather of Emily, Annabelle, Zachary, Declan, Liam, Genevieve, Corinne, James and Maeve; devoted son of the late Mary (nee Wszolek) and late Ignacy Klimek; son-in-law of the late Mary (nee Slanina) and late Stanley Skwarek; dear brother of Genevieve (late Leonard) Zielinski, Diane (Robert) Sebek and the late Helen Klimek; brother-in-law of the late Stanley (Kay) Skwarek and the late Dorothy (late Robert) Cerny; fond nephew of Violet Zalewski; uncle and great uncle of many nieces and nephews.

John was a member of St. Richard Parish Men’s Club and Golden Agers.

Visitation was held October 21 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 5088 S. Archer Ave. Funeral was held October 22 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Richard for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

JACK F. LAKE Jack F. Lake, age 71, of Northbrook, formerly of Chicago, passed away suddenly October 15 at Glenbrook Hospital.

He was a Vietnam veteran and was awarded three Purple Heart medals.

He was a loving father to John (Suzanne) and Jason (Laura); proud grandfather to Amy, Zachary, Alexandra and Joel; fond brother of Tom (Pat) Lake and Bonnie McKendrick. Dear uncle of many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father John and Marie Lake, sister Delores and brother David.

Visitation was held October 18 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Interment was held October 19 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Ê FRANCIS ‘SONNY’ LINKOWSKI Francis “Sonny” Linkowski, age 86, of Racine, Wis., formerly of Chicago, passed away October 13.

Beloved husband of Violet (nee Gruzanski); loving father of Gary (Loretta) Linkowski, Kathleen (Michael) Miller, Richard (Katherine) Linkowski, Victoria (Richard) Farrahi; proud grandfather of Kimberly, Michael, Gary Jr., Brian, Christopher, Stephanie, Richard Jr., Bradley, and Alexis; great-grandfather of seven. Survived by many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held October 18 with a chapel service at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Cremation will be private.

EDWARD MILAM Edward Milam, age 84, died peacefully at home October 17.

Loving husband of the late Dolores Milam for 63 years; father of Edward J. Milam (Helen), Gregory A. Milam (Brenda), and Michael A.

Milam (Jean); grandfather of Kristi Kearney (Pat), Tina Berry (Mark), Adam, Nathan and Lucas Milam; great grandfather of Braelyn and Nolan Berry and Clara and Elise Kearney.

Ed was a leader in his community serving as a manager for the Pirates of the Justice-Willow Springs Little League, former Village of Justice Zoning Board Chair, Village Trustee, Fire Chief of the Justice Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Justice Sportsman Club. In his later years, he was an active volunteer for the Heritage Corridor Visitors Center in Bedford Park.

Visitation was held October 21 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 22. Private interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

Donations in the name of Edward and Dolores Milam are requested to SmileTrain, https://my.smiletrain.org/donation/donate/givenow, 633 Third Avenue 9th Floor, New York, New York 10017 USA.

JULIANNE ‘JULIE’ MURPHY Julianne ‘Julie’ Murphy (nee Duchak), age 86, passed away October 19.

Daughter of the late Julia (nee Petras) and George Duchak.

Waiting to join her is her husband Ken Murphy, son Ken (Karen) Murphy, Julie/Cissie (Don) Moore, Andrea (Mark) Lozano, Annette (Jim) Sosnowski, Patty Murphy and Alison Murphy. Also surviving are 12 grandkids and 8 great -grandkids.

Visitation was held October 23 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 24, prayers from the funeral home to Saint Germaine Church, 9711 S. Kolin Avenue, Oak Lawn, for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

WOJCIECH PARA Wojciech Para, age 58, passed away October 16.

Cherished son of the late Maria (nee Szaflarska) and the late Jozef Para; dear brother of Jan Para, Katarzyna Migiel, Maria Wilczek, Jozef Para and Stanislaw Para. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.

Funeral services to be held in Szaflary, Poland.

Arrangements entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice.

EILEEN M. SAWKA Eileen M. Sawka (nee Brum), age 94, of Palos Hills, former longtime resident of Summit, passed away October 19.

Beloved wife of the late Michael Sawka; loving mother of Michaleen Sawka and the late Michael (Donna) Sawka; proud grandmother “ JuJu” of Michael and Debbie Sawka; dearest JuJu to many. Eileen was a 34 year employee of Lever Brothers.

Visitation was held October 22 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Visitation also October 23. Interment Fairmount Willow Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Eileen’s name to a Veteran or Animal Program would be appreciated.

JOHN W. SHIMKUS John W. Shimkus, M.D., age 65, of Southampton, died suddenly in New York City on September 28.

Dr. Shimkus was born to Walter and Evelyn (nee Orel) Shimkus. He was a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois and graduated from Chicago Medical School. Dr. Shimkus was on the staff of Brooklyn Hospital, a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York, and a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Bath, NY. He also held patents for an X-ray film support and adjustable elastic bandage.

Dr. Shimkus is survived by his wife of 36 years Eileen; his five children Edward, Matthew, Cari, Andrew, and Victoria; his sister, Cheryl Shimkus; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Edward J. Larkin, devoted brothers- and sisters-in-law, and was “Uncle Johnny’’ to numerous nieces and nephews. At his core, Dr. Shimkus was a devoted husband, loving father, loyal brother, and dedicated friend.

KRZYSZTOF TRALKA Krzysztof Tralka, age 32, passed away October 17.

Beloved husband of Christine (nee Ziemian); cherished son of Paulina (nee Sowizdzal) and Adam Tralka; dear brother of Tomasz Tralka; adored grandson of Irena and Bronislaw Sowizdzal. Also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held October 19 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 20 from the funeral home to Saint Fabian Church, 7450 W. 83rd Street, Bridgeview for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

 

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