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Obituaries for Dec. 9, 2021

CelestinoCELESTINO ANTONINI

Celestino Antonini, age 83, passed away November 20.

Loving father to his two sons Carlo (Selene) and Anthony (Michelle); dear brother to Antonio, Maria, Giovanni, Stefano, and Anita. Also survived by many relatives and friends.

Visitation was held November 26 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held November 27, service and time of remembrance were held at the funeral home. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

CHARLES WILLIAMS BENZ

Charles William Benz, 97, of Palos Park, passed away November 22.

He is survived by his wife of 77 years Muriel Benz, whom he met in grade school, and their daughters Lynn and Jill Benz.

Charles was born in 1924 in Cisco, Ill., to Artie and Delia Cates-Benz, their only child. He was raised in Marshall, Parke County, Indiana.

Charles and Muriel were wed on the morning of September 10, 1944, boarded the night train to Chicago and began their life together.

Charles earned his degree at Purdue University, and in Chicago, continued to study engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. Both he and Muriel were also employed there before moving to Lemont to raise their daughters.

In Lemont, Charles taught engineering at Fournier Institute of Technology, part of the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation, which included Amphenol Electronics Corp. Mr. Schmitt promoted Charles to Amphenol where he spent the majority of his career in engineering development and business sales and management.

Later Charles became vice president/president of three companies: Builders Iron, Coleman Cable, and Trico Metal, all eventually merging as Technico Engineering. He served as vice president of Technico until retirement, remaining on its Board of Directors until 2021.

Charles or “Charlie” was the answer man. He possessed an uncommonly sharp mind, a great wit, and was an entertaining storyteller. An avid reader since childhood, he somehow retained almost all he read or experienced in great detail. He was always on time, never owned a calculator, and seldom used an eraser.

He loved the natural world, travel, cigars, Muriel’s fine cuisine and martinis, his career and cats. But his love for time spent with his family always came first.

His passing was as he wished: at his home with Muriel, Lynn and Jill beside him.

The family wishes to express gratitude to dear friends, family, neighbors, and recent caregivers and

especially to Dr. Richard Geiger for his expert professional care and ever-present kindness to the family.

Family and friends gathered on November 30 at Schmaedeke Funeral Home, 10701 S. Harlem Ave., Worth. Interment private.

BurkeJOHN M. BURKE

John M. Burke, age 85, of Summit, passed away peacefully at home November 30 with his loving family at his bedside.

He was the beloved husband of Carmen Ortiz; loving father of John R. (the late Mondayna) Burke and Christine (Jerry) Regep; cherished grandfather of Payton and Brooklynn Burke and Brianna and Ashley Regep. John will be dearly remembered by his special neighbors and friends.

Visitation was held December 5 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held December 6 until time of Celebration of Life Service. Procession from the funeral home to Resurrection Cemetery where John was laid to rest. John was a long-time resident of Summit. He attended Argo Community High School and was a member of the Argo Band known as the Argonotes. He loved jazz and was a talented trumpet player. John was an engineer for 40 plus years before he retired in 1996 at Channel 7 ABC television. Condolences may be sent to John’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

JOSEPH CSOKE

Joseph “Joe” Csoke, 89, of Palos Hills, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 28.

Joe was born on July 16, 1932, in Vencsello, Hungary.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jozsef and Maria Csoke, his brother, Daniel Csoke, of Budapest, and his sister, Maria Tolgyesi, of Norridge.

Survivors include his brother, John (Mary) Csoke. His beloved wife of 60 years, Helen, and two loving daughters, Helena (David) Devore and Eva (Jake) Falzone; five grandchildren, known to him as Nagy Papa; Jessica (Matt) Gregg, Alec (Samantha) Falzone, Katie (Phil) Christensen, David (Ruthie) Devore, and Lauren Falzone (Ben); two great-grandchildren, Avery and Jackson Gregg, and beloved nieces and nephews as well as many friends.

Visitation was December 2 with a funeral service December 3 at Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Hwy., Palos Hills. Entombment Resurrection Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association at [email protected] or Northwestern Medical-Palos Hospital Hospice https://www.paloshealth.com/medical-services/hospice-care/support-our-hospice-program would be appreciated.

JOHN MICHAEL FREIMUTH

John Michael Freimuth “Papa” suddenly passed away in the comfort of his Palos Heights home from heart complications at age 82.

Since 1972, John was a resident of Palos Heights. John was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wis., where he went to Central High School, class of 57. He started his studies at Stevens Point College and transferred to University of Wisconsin in Madison where he studied Business Communications. John graduated from Lakeland College now Lakeland University earning a BS degree in Business Economics, class of 64.

John lived out his dream for working for himself and started his own company, John M Freimuth & Associates where he designed and sold business forms to many companies, but mainly hospitals.

John enjoyed the outdoors and absolutely loved hunting, fishing and collecting decoys. He thoroughly enjoyed playing basketball and loved watching college football bowl games, March Madness and the Green Bay Packers.

He looked forward to yearly trips to Canada with friends and family vacations to his hometown Sheboygan.

His love for sports allowed him to coach his daughters, Erika and Gretchen, in softball and later became the commissioner for the girl’s softball league at St. Alexander Church. He thoroughly enjoyed watching his daughter and grandsons in all their sports.

He volunteered for the Lion’s Club and helped in many capacities.

John loved entertaining and enjoyed grilling many delicacies for friends and family at his home on 71st Avenue where he and his family made many lifelong friends. He thoroughly enjoyed how his backyard mimicked the forest preserves and attracted many ducks and wild animals that became his friends and frequented for his handouts.

He was the beloved husband of the late Janet S. Freimuth (nee Gross). He was the loving father of Erika (Donny) Carter and Gretchen Freimuth. Cherished Papa of twin grandsons Jax and Kenny Carter.

He was the uncle of John Graff, Julie (Adam) Bloomenstein; great uncle of Leah Perle and Stefan, Vicki Graff, great uncle to Dominique, Jeff (Deborah) Leicht, great uncle of Jennifer and Jacqueline, June (David) Miller, great uncle Joseph and Katie (Christian), Julie Barth, great uncle of Matt (Caitie) and Todd.

He leaves behind his cherished cats, George, Squeaky, Kona and Fluffy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Henrietta, father Edward Freimuth from Sheboygan, and his sister Diane Graff (nee Freimuth) from California.

Visitation will be Friday, December 10, from 3-8 p.m.

Chapel prayers will be offered Saturday, December 11, 9:30 a.m. at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th St., Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 10 a.m. Interment will be private.

HalupkaWOJCIECH HALUPKA

Wojciech Halupka, age 84, of Chicago, Archer Heights community, passed away December 1.

Beloved husband of 60 years to Anna (nee Zaremba); loving father of Cecilia (Julian) Dlugi, Marek (Jadwiga) and Jan (Beata) Halupka; dearest grandfather of Dorota (Jozef) Ligas, Janina (Lukas) Galas, Pawel (Teresa) Dlugi, Anna (Zdzislaw) Brzezowicki, Kasia (Tomasz) Ziemba, Darek, Tomasz and David Halupka; dear great-grandfather of seven; devoted son of the late Zofia (nee Vincek) and the late Wojciech Halupka; Wojciech is preceded in death by his brothers and sisters; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held December 5 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 5088 S. Archer Ave., corner of Keeler. Funeral was held December 6 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Bruno for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 773-767-2166 or www.ZarzyckiManorChapels.com.

JachimMARLENE D. JACHIM

Former First Lady Lioness Marlene D. Jachim (nee Griesheim), age 83, passed away November 15.

Beloved wife of P.D.G Lion Raymond F.Jachim and loving mother to the late Michele, Jachim-Eden, Raymond Jachim II, Lisa Beveridge and stepson Mark R. Jachim-Skala; dear grandmother to Nathan and Paige Eden and Sarah, Scott, Stephen and Spencer Beveridge and Katelyn Skala; fond sister to Richard Griesheim (Nancy) and Alice Mesec (late Bob) and sister in law to Cynthia White (late James). Preceded in death her parents Kurt and Dorothy Griesheim (née Wentland) and daughter Michele D. Jachim- Eden. “Mom”, aunt and great aunt to many. Marlene was a graduate of Kelly High School. She was a current member of the Bridgeview Lions club, former president of the Bridgeview Elementary School PTA and member of Argo Community High School PFA and formerly a long-time member of the TOPS club.

Visitation was held November 28 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held November 29, service and time of remembrance were held at the funeral home. Interment, Bethania Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

KosekWANDA A. KOSEK

Wanda A. Kosek, age 89, of Hickory Hills, passed away peacefully November 24, with her loving family at her side.

She was the beloved wife of Tadeusz Kosek and the cherished mother of Margaret (Donald) Feltz and Slawomir Kosek; proud and much-loved grandmother of Donald W. III and Nicole Feltz.

Visitation was held December 1 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 West Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem) until time of prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Daniel the Prophet church for a Mass in celebration of Wanda’s life. Wanda will be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery next to her dear husband. Condolences may be sent to Wanda’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

LenoMARCELLINE HELEN LENO

Marcelline Helen Leno, age 89, passed away November 18.

Beloved wife for 60 years of the late Ralph; loving Mother of Loretta (Rick) Havel, Donna Davis, Ralph (Karen) Leno; dear grandmother of Scott (Leticia) Havel, Eric Havel and Beth Horn, Kimberly Davis (Jesse Alejandro), Kelly Davis (Christian Naea), Jessica and Nick Leno; dear great-grandmother of Sydney and Landon Horn, Alessandra Davis Alejandro, Luisa Naea; dear brother, Robert (Beverly) Musial. Preceded in death by her siblings, Leonard (Delores) Musial, Leona (Louis) Szuba, Henry (Laura) Musial, Loretta Musial, Daniel Musial; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S Archer Ave. Jonathan F Siedlecki, Owner/Director. Funeral Mass was held at St Richards Catholic Church, Chicago. Final resting place is St Mary’s Cemetery, Evergreen Park. To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com.

OgielaANIELA OGIELA

Aniela Ogiela, age 92, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away at home on Thanksgiving morning, November 25, three weeks after her 92nd birthday.

She was the beloved wife of the late Jan Ogiela; dearly loved mother of Jozef (Helena) Ogiela and Tadeusz (Julie) Ogiela; cherished grandmother of Michael and Jenny.

Visitation was held November 30 at Foran Funeral Home until time of prayers. Mass was offered at St. Faustina Kowalska Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Aniela’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

PrzystalJANINE PRZYSTAL

Janine Przystal, age 89, passed away peacefully November 22.

Beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Maziarka; beloved wife of the late Ted Przystal; loving mother of Diane (Scott) Shares and the late John Przystal; loving grandmother of Jennifer (Bill) Cronin and Matthew (Kristie) Shares; loving great-grandmother of Ryan, Joseph, Thomas, and Christopher Cronin and Zachary and Kevin Shares. Loved by many cousins and many friends.

Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S Archer Ave, Chicago, Jonathan F Siedlecki, Owner/Director. Funeral Mass was held at St Bruno Church, Chicago. Final resting place is Resurrection Cemetery. To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFunerealHomeIl.com.

RedutaANDRZEJ REDUTA

Andrzej Reduta, age 66, passed away November 21.

Beloved husband of Danuta (nee Miernik) Reduta; cherished son of the late Jadwiga (nee Jarocka) and the late Borys Reduta; dear brother of Jadwiga (Martin) Rodriguez and Halina Ciereszko; fond friend and brother-in-law of Andrzej Ciereszko; dearest uncle of Ewa, Agnieszka and Maria Katarzyna. Also survived by relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Dom Samotnej Matki im. św. Rodziny, 2456 N. Newcastle Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60707, are much appreciated. Visitation was held November 26 at Divine Mercy Polish Parish, 21W411 Sunset Avenue, Lombard until time of Mass. Cremation rites to be accorded. Arrangements entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

SkillenRICHARD J. SKILLEN

Richard Skillen, age 84, of Lyons, passed away November 21.

Beloved son of the late Joseph F. and the late Cecelia A. Skillen; dear brother of Robert (Janice) Skillen, Mary Acker, Jo Ann (late Robert) Stambaugh; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his sister Nancy, and brothers Jerry (MaryAnn) and John.

Memorial Visitation was held December 5 until time of Celebration of Life Service at Foran Funeral Home 7300 W. Archer (55th Street just west of Harlem). In Lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children Hospital, Memphis, TN., would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to Richard’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

StaszelLEOPOLD B. STASZEL

Leopold B. Staszel, age 75, passed away November 24. United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam war.

Beloved husband of the late Christine (nee Tronina); loving father of Debbie Stoch; dearest grandfather of Melissa (Kevin) Anderson, Allison and Lauren Stoch; devoted son of the late Albina Strzelec; dear brother of Jozef (Maria) Strzelec, late Mieczyslaw and late Frank Strzelec; fond uncle of Bogdan, Bernadette, Bonnie, Joey, Christine (Bob) Remick, Steven (Sophie) Stepien, Theresa (Joe) Thomas; great uncle of Trevor and Evan Thomas, Catherine and Peter Stepien.

Visitation was held November 29 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Military Funeral Honors, followed by Funeral Services. Cremation rites to be accorded. (708) 839-8999 or www.ZarzyckiManorChapels.com.

VolkPATRICIA M. VOLK

Patricia M. Volk (nee Vasquez), age 76, passed away November 22.

Beloved wife of Jim Volk; loving mom of Candace (Jose) Mendez, Jimmy (Lisa) Volk and Jeremy (Denise) Volk; cherished daughter of Manuel J. and the late Josephine (nee Guzman) Vasquez; dearest grandmother of James, Matthew, Natalie, Benjamin, Gianna, Emilia and Manny; dear sister of Manuel Vasquez, Riella Rich, Michael (Irene) Vasquez, Deborah (Jose) Gaytan, Audrey Vasquez, Martin Vasquez and Marcelino (Theresa) Vasquez. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held November 26 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held November 27, prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Fabian Church, 7450 W. 83rd Street, Bridgeview for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

ZizumboYOLANDA ZIZUMBO

Yolanda Zizumbo, age 48, passed away November 21.

She will be forever missed by beloved family and friends.

Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60632. Jonathan F Siedlecki, Owner/Director. Funeral Mass was held at St Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Church, Chicago. Final resting place is St Mary’s Cemetery, Evergreen Park. To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com.

 

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