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Obituaries for September 16, 2021

BryantJODY S. BRYANT

Jody S. Bryant, 50, passed away September 6.

Will be forever missed by family and friends.

Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home Ltd., 4901 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Funeral mass was held at St Richard Catholic Church, 5032 S. Kostner Ave., Chicago. Final resting place is Resurrection Cemetery.

ChikerotisJOHN CHIKEROTIS

John Chikerotis, 59, passed away in Fort Lauderdale, on September 3, with his family by his side.

John served as a law enforcement officer in Deerfield Beach since 1986.

He was the cherished husband for 31 years of Kristine (nee Edmonds); loving father of Sandra (Grant Braun) Chikerotis, Ryan Chikerotis and Matthew Chikerotis; dear “Papa John” to Ronan; beloved brother of Gail (late James) Lundstedt, Steve C.F.D. (Mary) Chikerotis and the late Sandra Bergman; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held September 11 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Procession from the funeral home to St. Mary Cemetery where John was laid to rest with his parents and sister.

DivincenzoSTEPHEN DIVINCENZO

Stephen Divincenzo, 80, of Summit, passed away peacefully at home September 8 with his loving and devoted wife, Vicki (nee Hignight) and his son Stephen at his side.

He was the dear father of Stephen (Val) and the late Michael (Christine); proud grandfather of Stephen Daniel, Tony and Stephanie Divincenzo.

Stephen was an expert book binder for 32 years and then, when he turned 50, he became a real estate agent and started his second career at Paal Real Estate. He went on to work at Realty Executives and Nu Vision Real Estate office. He was past president of Southwest Realty Board and was the coach of Argo Summit Boys Baseball for many years.

Visitation was held September 11 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Pastor David Bauer officiated. Procession from the funeral home to Mt. Auburn Cemetery where Stephen was laid to rest.

KlybertMARTHA V. KLYBERT

Martha V. Klybert (nee Vacha), 86, of LaGrange, formerly of Brookfield, Riverside, and St. Petersburg, Fla., passed away September 8.

Dear mother of Lynette (Hollis) Hutto and Diana (dear friend Eric York) Klybert; grandmother of Kevin (Pilar Smith) Plaiske; great grandmother of Jacob and Diego Plaiske; daughter to the late John G. Vacha Jr. and Martha T. Vacha (nee Kratochvil); divorced wife of Douglas Klybert; sister of John (dear friend Sunda Ingersol) Vacha; sister-in-law of Arlene (the late Douglas) Wade; aunt of Paula Scott, Steven Wade and Keith Wade. Martha would like to extend a special thank you to her friends who were always the wind beneath her wings, Norma and Jacque Novak; Steve (Jackie), Mike and Steffany Orech and Debbie Brancato.

Services were held at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield. Interment Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago.

MatuszkiewiczJOZEF MATUSZKIEWICZ

Jozef Matuszkiewicz, 70, of Chicago’s Archer Heights community.

He was the beloved husband of Stanislawa (nee Rydel); loving father of Joanna (Fiancé Kevin Poplaski) and the late Witold Matuszkiewicz; dear brother of Zofia (late Bogdan) Dobrowolsky.

He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him.

Visitation was held September 10 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 5088 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Funeral was held September 11 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Bruno for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

FRANCES M. OSTLER

Frances M. Ostler (nee Levato), 58, of Cicero, passed way September 3.

Beloved wife of William Ostler; loving mother of Stephanie (Jose) Magallon, Kelly Ostler and Emily Ostler; devoted grandmother of David, Hailey and William Magallon; sister of Ann Franklin, Joseph (Angela) Levato and Theresa (Joseph) Romano; aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held September 6 and September 7 at Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield. Interment private.

ALEJANDRO M. RIVERA

Alejandro M. Rivera, 73, passed away August 27.

Beloved husband of Elsa Rivera.

He will be forever missed by family and friends.

Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Funeral Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church, Chicago. Final resting place is: St Casimir Cemetery, Chicago.

RobledoJOSE CELSO ROBLEDO

Jose Celso Robledo, 44, of Sauk Village, passed away unexpectedly at home September 4.

He was the cherished son of Celso and Maria Robledo; loving father of Xóchitl Guadalupe Robledo, Xiomara Ivette Robledo, Xenia Abigail Robledo, Delanie Rueginay Robledo and Anthony Amaru Robledo and proud grandfather of Aliyah Jolie Hernandez and Jonathan Gonzalez Jr; dear brother of Robert Robledo, Felipe Robledo and Raul Robledo. Jose will be forever loved and missed by his loving partner, Magali and her children, Axel and Melody. He will be remembered dearly by his many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation was held September 8 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Funeral services were held September 9 at St. Agnes of Bohemia Church for a Mass of Christian Burial Interment is Resurrection Cemetery.

SandovalUBALDO SANDOVAL

Ubaldo Sandoval, 69, of Enfield, passed away September 6, with his family at his side.

Son of the late Antonio and Delfina Sandoval; devoted husband for 37 years to Juana, the love of his life; loving father, cherished by his children, Lorena, Karen, Dennise (Daniel) Torres, Javier (Denise), Sandra Sandoval and he was preceded in death by his sons, Antonio and Jesus; proud and loving grandfather to Xavier, Jesse, Alani, Lysette, Zaiden, Daniella, Penelope, Fernando, Javier and Natalia; beloved brother of the late Eriberto, the late Roman, the late Eliseo, Eutiquia, Delfina, Adolfo, Luciano, Isaias and Juan. Ubaldo will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Visitation was held September 11 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. A service in celebration of Ubaldo’s life was held at the funeral home. Cremation will be private.

SerwaLILLIAN L. SERWA

Lillian L. Serwa (nee Lach), 94, of Naperville, formerly of Chicago’s Brighton Park community, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.

Beloved wife of the late Clifford Serwa; loving mother of Mariann (late Samuel) Murphy, Joseph Serwa and Linda (James) Konowalik; step grandmother of three; devoted daughter of the late Mary (nee Wujcik) and late Michael Lach; preceded in death by her siblings, Irene (Ted) Ferfecki, Jenny (Ed) Pikula and Rose (Joe) Salamon; cherished aunt, great aunt and friend to many.

Visitation was held September 10 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

ToushakJOHN DAVID TOUSHAK

John David Toushak, 79, of Summit, passed away September 2.

He was an Army veteran.

He was the beloved husband of Nancy (nee Malek); loving father of Jennifer (Daniel) Stafiej and Michael Toushak; proud grandfather of Connor and Aaron. John David will be missed dearly by his sister Cheryl, her husband Michael Kobasic and his nieces Tanya and Karina.

Visitation was held September 7 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Funeral services were held September 8 at St. Blasé Church for a Mass of Resurrection. Cremation will be private.

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