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AvilesBERTHA AVILES

Bertha Aviles (née Chavez), age 55, of Chicago’s Little Village community, passed away June 12.

She was the beloved wife of 35 years of Juan Aviles; cherished mother of Giovanni (Ben) Mohrbacher and Juan (Josh) Aviles; dear sister of Alfonso (Alicia) Chavez, Miguel Jr. (Carmen) Chavez, Maria (Leonardo) Alcantara, Esperanza Chavez and Gabriel Chavez; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her many friends and two fur babies, Anya and Monty.

Visitation was held June 17 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Visitation was held June 18 until time of prayers. Procession from the funeral home to Mother of the Americas Catholic Church, 2226 S. Whipple, for a Mass in Celebration of Bertha’s life. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

JUANA M. CHAPA

Juana M. Chapa (nee Quiroz), age 73, of Chicago’s Scottsdale community, passed away June 4.

Beloved wife of Victor Chapa; loving and cherished mother of Isasol (Vince) Vasquez and Sofia (Christian) Rodriguez; devoted and proud grandmother of Soleil Chapa and Vincent Viktor Vasquez; dear sister of Jose Quiroz, Raul Quiroz, Ester Martinez and Maria Saqri; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews and dear friend to many.

Memorial Visitation was held June 12 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. A service in celebration of Juana’s life was held at the funeral home.

CiezczakFRANCISZEK CIEZCZAK

Franciszek Ciezczak, age 61, passed away June 19.

Beloved husband of Jozefa (nee Smietana) Ciezczak; loving father of Andrzej (Katarzyna) Ciezczak, Agnieszka (Tomasz) Gorka, Teresa Ciezczak, Weronika Ciezczak and Dawid Ciezczak; dearest grandfather of Nicholas Gorka, Emily Gorka, Anthony Gorka, Nathan Ciezczak and Neva Ciezczak; cherished son of the late Katarzyna and the late Tadeusz Ciezczak; dear brother of Helena (Jan) Styrczula, Jozef (Anna) Ciezczak, Jacek (Magdalena) Ciezczak, Piotr (Krystyna) Ciezczak and Andrzej (Danuta) Ciezczak. Also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held June 23 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held June 24, prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Albert the Great Church, 8029 S. Central Ave., Burbank for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

GarnerSUSAN DIANNE GARNER

Susan “Sue” Garner, age 68, of Berwyn, passed away June 4.

Beloved wife of the late Matthew “Matt” Garner; loving mother of Peter Garner and Lori O’Neill cherished grandmother of Jameson O’Neill; dear sister of Katherine Sandel, Marian Sahlin, Deborah Peters, Lisa Prieto and the late Martin Kopke; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Sue will be dearly missed by her “adopted” daughter, Kelly Lacey and her many friends.

Visitation was held June 11 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Visitation was held June 12 until time of celebration of life service.

GininoJOHN P. GININO

John P. Ginino, age 60, of Chicago’s Clearing community, passed away unexpectedly June 17.

He was the beloved son of the late John Ginino and the late Cecilia (nee Grice); loving brother of Barbara Ginino and Steve (Vicki) Ginino; dear uncle of Nicole Gusich and Gianna (Tony) Gusich-Washington; loving partner of Lisa Dissette and Anthony Dissette who he loved as a son. Cherished nephew and cousin to many.

Visitation was held June 20 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Visitation was held June 21 at the funeral home until time of celebration of life service.

GriggsGERALDINE M. GRIGGS

Geraldine M. Griggs (nee Bonat), age 91, of Chicago’s Archer Heights community, passed away June 23.

Beloved wife of the late James M. Griggs; loving mother of Lise (Steven) Stec, James Michael (Ivana) Griggs and Laura Griggs (John Potocsnak); cherished grandmother of James Steven (Grace) Stec, Petar Marsden Hrga Griggs, Matthew James Steinke, Mitchell James Potocsnak; dear great grandmother of Kinsley Grace Manuel Stec; devoted daughter of the late Frank and late Lillian Bonat; dearest sister of the late Rose (late Frank) Dalka; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Geraldine was a dedicated member of the St. Richard CCW and Golden Agers organizations, the Archer Heights Civic Association, as well as a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 22 years.

Visitation was held June 27 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 5088 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Funeral was held June 28 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Richard for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

GutierrezERIC L. GUTIERREZ

Eric L. Gutierrez, age 38, of Chicago’s West Lawn community, passed away June 22.

Beloved husband of Lourdes Paulina Calderon; loving father of Nathaniel; devoted son of Hector Gutierrez and the late Flavia del Rio; dearest brother of Hector Luis (Monsy) Gutierrez; Juan Carlos Gutierrez, Giovanni Gutierrez; Rosaicela (Arturo) Zavala; Yadira (Jeremiah) Gomez, Gabriel (Tanja) Gutierrez and Manelick (Veronica) Gutierrez; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held June 24 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 5088 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Private Cremation.

CINDY LOU MARTINEZ

Cindy Lou Martinez, age 63, passed away June 20.

Will be forever missed by her loving family and friends.

Arrangements were made at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer, Chicago. Private cremation.

To leave any tributes for Cindy Lou, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com.

RICHARD J. MOODY

Richard J. Moody, age 27, passed away May 8.

Cherished son of Richard Moody and Dawn Moody (nee Hepcinski); dear brother of Kristen Moody (Patrick Weaver); loving grandson of Wanda Moody; dear uncle of Haylee, Skyler and Ian. Also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

Funeral services and cremation rites were held privately. Arrangements entrusted to care of the Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice.

OgdenTHOMAS L. OGDEN

Thomas L. (“Dawg”) Ogden, age 65, of Hickory Hills, formerly of Chicago, unexpectedly passed away June 9.

Tomwas the loving father of Laura (Jeremy) Ludwig, devoted son of June and the late Loren Ogden, dear and cherished brother of the late Tim Ogden, Ted (Ruth) Ogden, Cheryl (Patrick) Guide and Cathy (Jack) Hartigan; favorite uncle of the late Danielle Ogden, Chris (Kelsey) Ogden, Nick (Jaci) Guide, Joe (Paige Weissenhofer, fiancé) Guide, Matt (Abbie Morales) Hartigan, Dillon Ogden, and great uncle of Jaycee and Lauryn Guide.

Tom was a firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department where he proudly served as Fire Engineer, Engine 65 until retiring in 2017.

A memorial to honor and celebrate the life of Tom was held June 19 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice.

PhillipsMICHELLE A. PHILLIPS

Michelle A. “Mickie” Phillips (nee Pauley), age 67, of Brookfield, passed away June 25.

Beloved wife of the late Donald J. Phillips; loving mother of Nicole (Cesar) Garcia; grandmother to her grand dogs Wicket and Peach; daughter-in-law of Mary Phillips; sister of Carter, Thomas, Gilbert, JoAnn, Candace, Sandra, William, Lonny, Karen and Denise; aunt and great-aunt of many nieces and nephews. Honorary mother to the Sessler, Hamilton, Duncan, Jackson and Galloway families. She was a special part of many children’s lives throughout the community.

Member of the Brookfield Elks Club Lodge 1510.

Services will be held at a later date, per the family’s wishes. Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.

PolaskiMARGARET AGNES POLASKI

Margaret Agnes Polaski (nee Logsdon), age 88, formerly of Chicago’s Brighton Park community, passed away peacefully at home, in Burr Ridge surrounded by family, June 26, after a valiant 8-year battle with cancer.

She actively served for the betterment of her community through various organizations, including President of the League of Women Voters of Burr Ridge/Willowbrook, Village of Burr Ridge Trustee, a 17-year volunteer at LaGrange Hospital & Daughter of the American Revolution.

Marge is survived by her devoted husband of 68 years, Edward J. Polaski, her loving children, Ricky (Ellen) John (Joan) and Christy; her wonderful grandchildren, Julie, Nora, Quinn, Duncan, Victoria, Nina and Delaney. She was particularly fond of her many nieces, nephews and her friends that became family. She was preceded in death by her parents, John C. and Anna Marie (nee Curley) Logsdon, her sister, Anna Marie Logsdon Reinke McGraw, her brother, John Clarence Logsdon, and the heartbreaking loss of her 2 amazing sons, Bruce Edward and Daniel Michael.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

Visitation was held July 1 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Funeral was held July 2 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Cletus for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

RzadkoszWLADYSLAW RZADKOSZ

Wladyslaw Rzadkosz, age 73, passed away June 9.

Beloved husband of the late Janina (nee Pawlikowska) Rzadkosz; loving father of Marek (Karolina) Mitka, Helena (Wladyslaw) Bednarz, Janina (Sylwester) Stoch, Marian (Magdalena) Rzadkosz and Anna (Daniel) Czech; dear grandfather of Dawid, Kacper, Nicola, Daniel, Anna, Sylwia, Tomasz, Wiktoria, Jakub, Kacper, Amelia, Bartek and Daniel; dearest great-grandfather of Antonina, Jan and Adrian; cherished son of the late Rozalia (nee Molek) and the late Franciszek Rzadkosz; fond brother of Anna (Kazimierz) Komperda, Maria (the late Jozef) Galica, the late Stanislaw (Helena) Rzadkosz and the late Ludwika (the late Wladyslaw) Zadora. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held June 14 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held June 15, prayers and procession from the funeral home to Incarnation Church, 5757 W. 127th Street, Crestwood for Mass. Interment Cmentarz Parafialny, Zab, Poland.

FRANK A STEFANIAK

Frank A Stefaniak, age 80, passed away June 14.

Loving husband of Elaine; loving father and grandfather.

Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home Ltd., 4901 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Final resting place Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.

To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com.

StekalaANDRZEJ STEKALA

Andrzej Stekala, age 61, passed away June 11.

Beloved husband of Bronislawa (nee Glista) Stekala; loving father of Karol (Renata) Stekala; adored grandfather of Elzbieta Stekala, Teresa Stekala, Karol Stekala and Anna Stekala; cherished son of Franciszka (nee Szwab) and the late Jan Stekala; dear brother of the late Zofia (Jan) Szwab, the late Janina Knapczyk, Maria (Edward) Krupa and Anna (the late Karol) Glista. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held June 18 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held June 19, prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Faustina Kowalska Church, 5255 S. McVicker Ave., Chicago for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

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