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Obituaries for Oct. 21

CotterPATRICIA JAMIE “PJ” COTTER

Patricia Jamie “PJ” Cotter, 73, of Willow Springs, passed away September 29.

Beloved daughter of the late Robert and Georgia (née Svarkonis) Cotter; loving sister of Michael (Karen) and the late James. Fond cousin to many and loving, caring and generous friend to many more.

Visitation was held October 8 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 9 at the funeral home. Interment Bethania Cemetery, Justice.

DohertyCHRISTINE V. “CHRIS” DOHERTY

Christine V “Chris” Doherty (nee Hennigan), 83.

Beloved wife of the late John “Jack” retired CFD; loving mother of Deborah Flint, Michael CFD 221-A (Michele) and John Lt CPD 004 (Deborah); proud grandmother of Brian, Daniel, Christopher CPD Sgt. 640, Nicholas, John III, and Christopher; caring great-grandmother of Blake; extended grandmother to Julie, Brittany, Martin, Cynthia, and Fabi; fond sister of the late Helen (Jack) Morrissey, Kathleen (late Ed retired CFD) Smith, James Hennigan, retired CPD 640; sister in-law of Sheila (late John) Carey, Vincent (late Joan), late Thomas (late June), late Martin CFD (late Mary), late Kevin CFD (Penny), late Bernard CFD (Pauline), late Gerald and the late Anna Mae (late Ronald) Michaels. Dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Beloved cousin and friend to many. Special dog mom to Murphy.

Past President of St. Symphorosa Super Club, former St. Symphorosa Eucharistic minister, former American Legion Women’s Auxiliary member Post 1112, past St. Symphorosa Minister of Care, St. Symphorosa Prayer Partner, St. Symphorosa Liturgical Minister, Member of St. Vincent DePaul Society, and regular Cook County Election Judge.

Funeral was held October 11 from Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue in Justice, to St. Symphorosa Church, 6135 S. Austin Ave., Chicago. Internment at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery.

HartROBERT S. HART

Robert S. Hart, 52, passed away October 1.

Loving father of Amber (Bradley) Piquard, Jacob Hart, and Robert S. Hart Jr.; dearest grandfather of Theo Robert Piquard; cherished son of the late Richard Kacena, and Cheryl (Richard) Grano; dear brother of Mark (Genie Theodossopoulos) Hart, Ronald Hart, Brent Kordik, and Richard Kacena. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Former spouse of Nancy Hart.

Memorial Service with time of remembrance was held October 10 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Cremation rites were accorded.

KrzysiakBRONISLAWA KRZYSIAK

Bronislawa Krzysiak (nee Skorusa), 86, passed away October 5.

Beloved wife of the late Jan; loving mom of Mary (John) Komperda and Jane (Steve) Malito; dear grandmother of John (Tara) Komperda and Elizabeth Giergiel; great-grandmother of Jack, Nate, Alex and Natalie; dear sister of Maria Pacura, Lottie Skorusa, Angie (Edward) Muszalski and the late Stanislaw, Karol, and Casey; cherished daughter of the late Karol and Anna Skorusa. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held October 8 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home and Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 9 at Saint Faustina Kowalska Church, 5255 S. McVicker Ave., Chicago, for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

KutaFRANK J. KUTA

Frank J. Kuta, beloved husband of the late Virginia (nee Sobel); loving father of Jane Kuta (Kelly Nelson), June Dhamers and Janice (Robert) Mitrius; dearest grandfather of Cory Kuta, Kyle Kuta, Kayleigh (Colin) Watson, Michael Dhamers, David Dhamers, Max Mitrius and Jake Mitrius; dear great grandfather of Chelsea, Cameron and Calvin; fond brother of Dolores Carney and the late Loretta Acres; uncle of many.

Retired Attorney at Law; Charter Member and Former Chairman and President of Archer Heights Credit Union; Army veteran; former Chicago alderman and Democratic committeeman of the 23rd Ward.

Visitation was held October 16 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Avenue, Willow Springs. Funeral services were held October 18 at the funeral home. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

LesiakJERZY LESIAK

Jerzy Lesiak, 64, passed away September 24.

Visitation was held October 9 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held October 9 at the funeral home. Cremation rites to be accorded.

LopezIRENE LOPEZ

Irene Lopez, 78, passed away October 3.

Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Funeral Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church, Chicago. Final resting place St. Mary’s, 87th Street and Hamlin Avenue, Evergreen Park. To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com.

LovingLANCE E. LOVING

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyLance E. Loving, 60, of Justice, passed away September 7.

Lance retired from the Navy where he served honorably for 23 years as a corpsman, chief and SEAL.

Loving father of Saoirse Cailiosa Loving; devoted son of Barbara Ann Bercheny and Herman Lee Loving; beloved brother to Brian L. Loving; dear uncle to Nicholas (Jen) Loving and Amanda (Travis) Dunlap; cherished nephew of Marge Loving and godmother Bernice Kibler; dearest godfather of Gabriella Patano.

Visitation was held October 9 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Memorial service was held October 9 at the funeral home. Cremation rites accorded.

In lieu of flowers and plants, memorial contributions may be directed to The Wounded Warrior Project, https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate, or St. Jude’s Children Hospital, www.stjude.org.

MatejaANNA M. MATEJA

Anna M. Mateja, 84, of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community, passed away peacefully in her sleep October 9.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward; loving mother of Brother Adam M.S., William (Diane) Mateja, Margaret (Donald) Wieckert and Theresa (Robert Lozins) Mateja; dear grandmother of Michael, Rose and Natalie (Matthew Culich) Mateja; dear aunt and cousin to many.

In consideration of the Covid pandemic, all services for Anna were private. She was laid to rest next to her husband at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Donations to Misericordia Heart of Mercy, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent to Anna’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

MelendezCARMEN G. MELENDEZ

Carmen G. Melendez (nee Galvan), 86, of Summit, passed away October 11.

Beloved wife of Arturo; loving mother of Jose (Kelly) Melendez and Arturo Jr. (Debbie) Melendez; proud grandmother of Mackenzie, Stephanie and Vivian; carmen is also survived by her brothers and sisters in Mexico; cherished aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held October 13 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Visitation at the funeral home on October 14 until time of prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Blase Church for Mass. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Carmen’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

RICK F. PEDERSEN

Rick F. Pedersen, 57, of Willow Springs and formerly of Chicago’s Marquette Park area, and Evergreen Park; passed away suddenly October 6.

Husband of Kimberly (nee DeBoer); loving father of Julia and Christiana; dear brother of Patricia (Joseph) Jensen, Cynthia Pedersen, Juliann Pedersen, Ronald (Maria) Pedersen, and the late Robert (JoRae) Pedersen; dear uncle of many nieces and nephews; preceded in death by his parents Theresa (nee Lukasik) and Robert E. Pedersen.

Visitation was held October 17 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Chapel Prayer Service followed.

ALBERTO TORRES

Alberto Torres, 86, of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community, passed away October 13, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the beloved husband of Anita Gavina; loving and devoted father of Al (Pamela) Torres, Laura (Eduardo) Coronado and Leticia (Arcadio) Pedraza; cherished grandfather of Garrett Torres, Jason Torres, Erica (Sean) Farrell, Megan (Scott Yorde) Coronado, Matthew Pedraza and Bryan Pedraza; dear brother of Dolores and was preceded in death by his siblings, Ezequiel, Esther and Guadalupe. Alberto will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, friends and his dog, Charlie.

Visitation was held October 15 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Funeral services were held at St. Blasé Church. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Alberto’s name to Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center, 2160 S. 1st Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153, would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent to Alberto’s family on his personal tribute website at: www.foranfuneralhome.com.

Billie Ruth Gill

Billie Ruth Gill, 95, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Palos Heights and Waco, Texas, died Oct. 10.

She was preceded in death by her husband John J. Gill who owned Gill Tool & Machine Inc., and who was a fireman (engineer) with the Palos Heights Volunteer Fire Dept. and member of the School District 128 Board of Education. Billie Ruth was a charter member of Palos Baptist (Bible) Church.

Billie Ruth is survived by her son, John W. Gill, daughter Linda Ruth Gill, her sister Gloria May Burch, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A Memorial service was held at Grace Bible Church, St. Petersburg.

Gregory Jaroszewicz

Gregory Jaroszewicz, of Palos Park, formerly of Chicago’s Archer Heights neighborhood.

He was the beloved husband of Lucyna Rusin (nee Drop); dear step father of Conrad Rusin; devoted son of the late Aniela (nee Kietlinska) and late Stefan Jaroszewicz; fond brother of Zbigniew Jaroszewicz and family and Krystyna Podstawka and family.

A Funeral Mass will be said Monday, October 25, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady, Mother of the Church, Polish Mission, Willow Springs.

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