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Obituaries for August 19

BednarzJAN BEDNARZ

Jan Bednarz, 73, passed away July 29.

Beloved husband of Anna (nee Rzepka) Bednarz; loving father of Janina (Andrzej) Zolnierczyk, Maria Lassak and Wieslaw (Edyta) Bednarz; dear grandfather of Slawomir Zolnierczyk, Julia Lassak, Adrian Bednarz, Emilia Bednarz and Jacob Bednarz; cherished son of the late Maria (nee Tylka) and the late Jozef Bednarz; fond brother of the late Leopold (Maria) Bednarz. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held August 1 at the Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 2 at Saint Fabian Church, 7450 W. 83rd St., Bridgeview for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

DiazINOCENCIO DIAZ

Inocencio Diaz, 74, passed away July 28.

He was a retired Chicago Police Officer.

Beloved husband of Anna Maria (nee Ahumada) Diaz; loving father of Rocco Diaz, Richard (Martha) Diaz and Rudy (Sarah) Diaz; dear grandfather of Aaron Diaz, Evan Diaz, Madelyn Diaz, Mia Diaz and Tyler Nowaczyk; cherished son of Amparo (nee Tapia) and the late Ynocencio Diaz; fond brother of Mary (Apolonio) Zavala, Eupemio Diaz, Vincent (Geraldine) Diaz, Demetrio (Alicia) Diaz, Amelia (Andy) Wetz, the late Martin Diaz, Maria Carmen (Richard) Karuhn, Josephine (Ralph) Michel. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held August 1 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 2. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

DoneganJAMES MICHAEL DONEGAN

James Michael Donegan, 66, of Chicago’s Brighton Park community, passed away August 1.

Beloved son of the late James and late Shirley Donegan (nee Anderson); loving brother of John (Robin) Donegan, Kelly (Jim) Wilkey, Sharon (James) Brown, and the late Ronald Donegan; cherished uncle of John (Melisa) Donegan, Shannon (Eric) Donegan, Ryan (Alison) Donegan, Erin Kaczmarek, Adam (Reann) Kaczmarek and the late Warren Kaczmarek.

Visitation was held August 6 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave., Summit. Cremation private. Condolences may be sent to James’ family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

GorskiGERALD JOHN GORSKI

Obit flagGerald John Gorski, 78, of Summit, passed away August 8.

Jerry proudly served in the Navy as a Machinist Mate 2nd class on board the USS Bache during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a proud member of Pipefitters Local 597.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents John and Angeline (Cygal) Gorski. Jerry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis (nee Dappen), their three children, Jackie, Andrew (Paula), and Brian (Andrea). A proud, funny and most loving grandpa, his pride and joy are seven grandchildren Emily, John, Andrew, Elizabeth, Joseph, Brian and Olivia. Jerry is survived by his sister Judy Gorski (Fred Meyer) , their daughters Sarah (Aaron) and Rachel, his brother in law Ed Dappen, and Ed’s children David (Veronica) Dappen and Phyllis (Steven) Suntrup and sons Steven and Thomas.

Visitation was held August 13 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave., Summit. Funeral service was held at St. Joseph Church. Cremation private. Please send your thoughts and condolences to Gerald’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

JUNE LANG

June Lang, 88, passed away July 27.

Beloved sister of the late Joan Whelton and the late Betty Urbanczyk; loving daughter of the late Roy D. Lang and the late Ruth (Kilpatrick) Lang; dearest aunt of Susan Berry, John Whelton, and Mark Urbanczyk; cherished great-aunt of Ian, Kaitlin, Kristin and Jack; loving great-great-aunt of Ryder, Emma, Andrew and Tucker. Also survived by many close friends.

Cremation rites were accorded with private interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Park. Arrangements entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, Illinois.

PAUL F. LAREAU

Obit flagPaul F. Lareau, 78, of Brookfield, passed away August 7.

He was an Army veteran.

Beloved husband of Kathleen Lareau (nee Quinn); loving father of Carol (James) Barlow, Jennifer (Tim) Baxa, Karen (Sanjay) Patel, Elizabeth Lareau; dear grandfather of Kate, Leigh, Anne Barlow, Ellie, Maddie, Mimi Baxa, Ailey, Neela, Finley and Ian Patel; brother of Suzanne Lareau; brother in law and uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held August 11 at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield. Funeral was held August 12 at St. Louise de Marillac Church, La Grange Park. Interment private. Memorials appreciated to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Chicago IL 60611 or Pillars Community Health, 23 Calendar Avenue, LaGrange IL 60525.

MetzgerTHOMAS JAMES METZGER

Thomas James Metzger, formerly of Lemont, passed away August 5.

Beloved husband of Audrey (nee Johnson); loving father of Ben (Christina) Metzger, Heidi (Eric) Kolodziejczyk and Eric (Ashley) Metzger; dearest grandfather of Ella and Adam; dear brother of Linda Bending, Michael (Patricia) Metzger, Sr., Cynthia (Robert) Lucio and the late James Metzger, Jr.; fond son-in-law of Norma and the late Orville Johnson; uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held August 17 at SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, Lemont, a funeral Mass followed. Arrangements by Zarzycki Manor Chapels.

MietusWALTER “WLADYSLAW” MIETUS

Walter “Wladyslaw” Mietus, 82, passed away July 27.

Beloved husband of Maria (nee Biela) Mietus; loving father of Tessie “Czeslawa” (Andrew) Kwiecien, Sophia (John) Barnard and Christina Mietus; dear grandfather of Ashley (Michal) Siemion and Tiffany Kwiecien; cherished son of the late Kunegunda (nee Rafacz) and the late Franciszek Mietus; fond brother of the late Jozef Pasieka. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held July 30 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held July 31 at Saint Fabian Church, 7450 W. 83rd St., Bridgeview for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

MysekCARMEN MYSEK

Carmen Mysek, 91, of Chicago, passed away July 29.

Beloved wife of the late Walter Mysek; loving mother of Aldo Mysek and Anne Cappy; dear grandmother of Tim Cappy, Lauren Chavosky, Kelly Cappy and Dominique Bloink; dearest great-grandmother; cherished daughter of the late Rosa Ortiz de Castillon and the late Adelberto Penafiel. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Funeral was held August 3 at Nativity B.V.M Church, 6812 S. Washtenaw Ave., Chicago. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip. Arrangements entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice.

SteeleMARTHA R. STEELE

Martha R. Steele (nee Martinelli), 98, passed away peacefully at her home in Las Vegas on August 10. Former longtime resident of Justice, Bedford Park and Garfield Ridge.

Loving wife of the late George, beloved sister of the late Lucy (late Mike) Tarantini, late Viola (late Jack) Denton, late Harriet (late John) McAlister, late Irene (late Harold) Gaskins, late Mary (Charles) Burbridge. Loving aunt and great aunt of many nieces and nephews as well as loving friend to many.

Martha worked at Corn Products for more than 40 years.

Visitation will be held at Hastings Funeral Home in Morgantown, WV, on August 26. Funeral service will be on August 27. For more information 304-292-8664.

SweetinANNE SWEETIN

Anne I. Sweetin (nee Tarnowski), affectionally known as Honey, 95, of Wheaton, passed away December 1, 2020.

She was the beloved wife of the late Hershel Sweetin; cherished mother of Melodye Anne Sweetin and the late Edwin Adamczyk; devoted grandmother of Beth Ellyn McCauley and Edwin Adamczyk, and lovingly known as Grandma Anne to Nora Kate and Aidan; great grandmother of Jennifer and Rebecca and great great grandmother of Ilyiana and Jaden. Anne will be missed by her sisters, Sofia Peterson and Emily Luthern. She was preceded in death by her other siblings, Irene, Stella, Stanley, Valentine, Jane and Bernard.

A memorial visitation in celebration of Anne’s life will be held Friday, August 20, from 11 a.m. until time of celebration of life service at 1 p.m. at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave., Summit. There will be a procession to Resurrection Cemetery where Anne will be laid to rest. Condolences may be sent to Anne’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

WrobelANTONI WROBEL

Antoni Wrobel, 87, passed away July 30.

Beloved husband of the late Maria (nee Sadlowska) Wrobel; loving father of Malgorzata (Stanislaw) Hendrzak, Bozena “Bonnie” (Jacek) Pyzowski, Ewa (Zygmunt) Jedynasty, Rafal (Anna) Wrobel, Stanislaw (Alicja) Wrobel and Sylwia (Mariusz) Wilk; dear grandfather of Slawek, the late Krzysztof, Lukasz, Alina, Elzbieta, Mariusz, Monika, Daniel, Beata, Patrycja, Stasiu, Oliwia, Natalia, Daniel, Kuba and Michal; dearest great-grandfather of Brandon, Calvin, Sara, Izabella, Emma Rose and Noa; cherished son of the late Michalina (nee Zawadzka) and the late Jan Wrobel. Preceded in death by his brothers and sisters. Fond uncle of nieces and nephews. Also survived by relatives and friends in Poland and USA.

Visitation was held August 5 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held August 6 at Saint Faustina Kowalska Church, 5255 S. McVicker Ave., Chicago. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

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