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Día celebrations coming this month

By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated especially by people of Mexican heritage. It is a joyful celebration, rather than mourning. Family and friends pay respects to those who have died. Traditions include building altars with the deceased’s favorite items, food, etc. The deceased are honored with Aztec marigold flowers. It is a celebration of life.

Día de Muertos will be celebrated at St. Bruno School on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join St. Bruno as they celebrate and transform their grounds into a space to remember loved ones that have departed. There will be food, beverages and music.

There also will be a Día de Muertos celebration in the United Credit Union Parking Lot on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be fun activities, snacks and an afternoon of culture.

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Congratulations are in order for St. Bruno School, which recently celebrated its 95th anniversary. Several of my family members attended through the years. My dad, Chester Nowaczyk, graduated in the class of 1942; and his brother, Flo, in 1945. My husband, Robert, and his cousin, Donald, graduated in 1962, along with a whole slew of Stanek cousins in the following years.

On the St. Bruno Facebook page, the school honored a student from the class of 1959: Barbara Bedus. Congratulations! I remember working with Barbara at the St. Bruno Bingo on Friday nights. Bingo is still held every Friday night in the school gym. Doors open at 4:30, and games begin at 6:45. There are 12 bingo games and three progressive raffles.

I so enjoyed the live performance of Iron Chef Alton Brown on the 16th. I laughed for two hours straight. Here are some words of advice from the chef. Don’t make his crockpot lasagna recipe, it was a regret. And the amount of capsaicin in a pepper determines its level of heat. If too hot, reach for a glass of milk. Also, thank you Barb Jackson for the delicious German lunch at Berghoff.

Happy Birthday wishes go to Louis De Felice on Oct. 27, Sue Kremnitzer Pawlak and Elvira Flores on the 29th. I miss riding the Orange Line with Sue. Occasionally. we would run into each other, and the commute went really fast as we chatted away.

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