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Obituaries Feb. 24, 2022

PHYLLIS BANUELOS

Phyllis Banuelos, 77, of Lyons, passed away February 11.

She was the beloved wife of Jose Banuelos; dear sister of Margaret.

Phyllis was a longtime employee of the Village of Brookfield Police Department.

All arrangements are private. Condolences may be sent to Phyllis’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

CampbellDOLORES A. CAMPBELL

Dolores A. Campbell, 87, of Bolingbrook, passed away peacefully February 10, with her granddaughter Jennifer at her side.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph; loving mother of Sharon (Ralph) Richter, the late Colleen (Jesse) Pineda, the late Lorna Campbell, Judy (Tony) Camera, the late Janice (David) Schahczinski and Joseph Campbell; cherished grandmother of Katie Nagel, Bryan (Ty) Dilger, Kristine (Brad) Kerstiens, Ellie Richter, Ryan Richter, Charles (Carrie) Pineda, Jennifer Pineda (Dray Boyrington), Miguel Pineda, Rachel Pineda, Justin (Krista) Camera, Tori Camera, Nick Camera, Lexi Camera, Lottie (David) Lockwood, Amanda Schahczinski, David Schahczinski and Susie Schahczinski; great grandmother of many.

Dolores will be lovingly remembered by her bonus family, Mica Pineda, Cristal Lopez-Contreras, Jaziel Lopez-Contreras, Victor Hugo Contreras and Jessica Pineda. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Teresa (late Ben) Howze, Lorraine (late Tom)Krummick and Carol (George) Wyszynski. Loved aunt and great aunt of many.

Visitation was held February 15 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Procession from the funeral home to Resurrection Cemetery where Dolores was laid to rest next to her husband.

GembalaBETTINA M. GEMBALA

Judge Bettina M. Gembala (nee Marchlewski), 74, of LaGrange, passed away February 6.

Beloved wife of the late Judge Francis A. Gembala; loving mother of Claire (Michael) Nass and Justine (Adrian) Skawski; dearest grandmother of Francis John, Marieclaire and Eloise; dear sister of Mary (late Marty) Rooney, Theresa Marchlewski (Tom Nunziato), Frank (late Mary) Marchlewski, Anna (Mike) Murphy, Aida (Ken) Jacoby, Anthony (Maria) Marchlewski, Lisa March (Shawn Skriver), David (Erin) Marchlewski and the late Christopher Marchlewski; fond sister-in-law of Walter Gembala; cherished by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation was held February 13 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Visitation held February 14 at St. John of the Cross Church with Mass following. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

ELEANORE A. KOLECKI

Eleanore A. Kolecki (nee Hlavty), 94, of Chicago Ridge, passed away February 5.

Beloved wife of the late Chester Kolecki; loving mother of Steven, Daniel and the late Chester (Catherine) Kolecki; dear grandmother of Craig Kolecki, Keith (fiancée Bridgett) Kolecki, Danielle (Nicholas), John Dawes, Michael (Nicole) Kolecki and the late Jacqueline Dawes; great grandmother of Patrick and Craig Jr.; dear sister of Dolores Quiroz and many late brothers and sisters. Eleanore will be missed by her niece, Sandy and her husband Ron Rivard and her other many nieces and nephews and their children.

All services were private. A memorial in celebration of Eleanore’s life will be scheduled at a later date. Eleanore will be buried next to her husband at Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Eleanore’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

NunezROSA MARIA NUÑEZ

Rosa Maria Nuñez, 65, of Chicago’s Gage Park community, passed away February 5.

Loving mother of Rosa Castro, Alfredo (Letty) Morales and Tomas (Via) Morales; cherished grandmother of Zoe Castro, Isaac Castro, Sebastian Morales, Isaias Morales, Luna Morales and Tomas Morales; beloved daughter of the late Tomas and Ernestina Nuñez; dear sister of Lourdes Nuñez, Martha Sanchez, the late Yolanda Gonzalez, Jose F. Nuñez, Juan G. Nuñez, Natividad Nuñez, Ernestina Slinkard, Xochitl Haro, Tomas Nuñez Jr. and Daniel Nuñez. Rosa Maria will be dearly missed by her many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held February 14 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Procession from the funeral home to Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Rosa’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

MARY MARGARET REEDY

Mary Margaret Reedy, nee O’Shea, of Palos Hills, passed away on February 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late James Emmitt Reedy; loving mother of James Reedy, Marie (Richard) Chancey, Eileen (Michael) Malony, Margaret (Thomas) Voss and the late Timothy Reedy; cherished grandmother of Jennifer (Russ) Regan, Matthew Chancey, Kaitlin (Robert) Rotkovich, Sean, Ian (Ilsa), Ryan and Aidan Malony, Robert Zotto, Jake and Alyssa Voss. Proud great-grandmother of Riley, Kasey and Brady Regan, Patrick Rotkovich and Anthony Zotto; devoted daughter of the late Timothy and Mary nee Grady O’Shea; dearest sister of Michael (Pam) O’Shea, Kathleen (Carl) Sevin and the late Daniel (Mary), Eileen and Timothy O’Shea.

Family and friends will gather Thursday, February 24, at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St., Palos Hills, for Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Hwy., Palos Hills. To express your condolences, please visit www.palosgaidasfh.com or 708-974-4410

KATHLEEN ANN RYDER

Kathleen Ann Ryder (née Gillespie), 69, late of Orland Park, passed away on February 16.

She was the wife of Andrew James Ryder IV; mother of Andrew James (Sharon) Ryder V, Cheryl (Bryant) Montenegro, Gina Ryder, and Robert Ryder; grandmother of Andrew James Ryder VI, Kyle William Ryder USN, Ava Rose Ryder, Desiree Rose Montenegro and Kylee Ryder; sister of Mary (late Bill) Woods, Daniel (Marlene) Gillespie, Jeanne (Jim) Aderman, and Dianne (Thomas) Batka; sister-in-law of Eugene (late Diane) Ryder, Victor (JoAnn) Ryder, Todd (Juliette) Ryder, Carol (Paul) Ryder, and the late Scott Ryder; aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on February 23 at Thornridge Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held on February 24 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. Interment Good Shepherd Cemetery.

TomanHEIDI TOMAN

Heidi Toman, 80, passed away January 30.

Preceded in death by her mother, Susanna Nilles, brothers Dieter Nilles and Walter Nilles, sister Ursula Pfeiffer, and nephew Nils Bühringer, and survived by her two sons whom she adored, Ralph Toman (with Karen Arelano) and Michael Toman (with Tammy Lutz), as well as sisters, Mathilde Grant (with Billy, Tina, and Jeffrey Grant) and Rosi Weiss (with Wolfgang Weiss and Christina Barotta and family), niece Iris Bühringer (with Thomas, Tim, and Lea Bühringer), and numerous cousins and friends throughout Germany and the United States.

TwarokSTANLEY M. TWAROK

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyStanley M. Twarok, 94, passed away February 6.

He was a Marine veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Member of VFW Post 0273 and American Legion Gold Circle Member of the Post 15014.

Beloved husband of Audrey (nee Labash); devoted son of the late Mary (nee Bogush) and late Joseph Twarok; preceded in death by his siblings Fred, Edward, Frances, Florence, Eleanor and Mae; dearest brother-in-law of Judy (John) Rycombel; also nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held February 14 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Funeral was held February 14 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Isaac Jogues, Hinsdale for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

VillalobosJORDON H. VILLALOBOS

Jordon H. Villalobos, 65, of Colorado, formerly of Illinois, passed away unexpectedly February 5, while living his life to the fullest, enjoying his passion of snowboarding with his friends in Colorado.

He was the cherished son of Donna (Frank) Rinaldi and Michael (Jill Stanek) Villalobos; loving father of Aiden, Sophia and Emma; dear brother of Jessica (Kevin Randa) Villalobos, Alexandrea (Kiernan) Glynn and Victoria (fiancé Patrick Muhne) Rinaldi; uncle to Jack Randa and Ava and Hazel Glynn; beloved grandson of Eileen and Bill Collier and the late Hugh Pounders, the late Ken Popp and the late Sotero and late Hermilla Villalobos. Much loved nephew, of his special aunt Elaine Pounders, and Patricia Villalobos, Jaime Villalobos, David Villalobos (Gregory Marquardt), Cindy Villalobos, Robert (Kim) Villalobos, Diana (Rick) Hornung, Edward (Lisa)Villalobos and Jennifer (Katie)Villalobos. Jordon will be missed by his many cousins. He was preceded in death by his cousin “Brother” Mark Iwaszkiewicz.

Visitation was held February 18 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. Visitation was held February 19 at the funeral home until time of celebration of life service. Condolences may be sent to Jordon’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

WalsherROBERT A. WALSHER

Robert A. Walsher, 80, of Chetek, Wis., and Justice passed away February 7.

Beloved husband of Nancy (nee Drost); loving father of Michael (Krystyna) Walsher, Kenneth Walsher and Michele Walsher (Dawn Shadron); cherished grandfather of Natalie, Julianna, Jacob, Genevieve and Emily; dearest brother of Dolores (late Richard) Haley; fond brother-in-law of Rose (William) Kavales; dear uncle of Richard and Christopher Haley, Daniel and Brian Kavales and the late Tricia Jones.

Visitation was held February 11 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Funeral Services were held February 12. Inurnment Resurrection Cemetery.

BERNICE WIEDENSKI

Bernice Wiedinski, nee Kwak, 84, of Oak Lawn and formerly of Chicago’s Archer Heights neighborhood, passed away February 15.

She was the beloved wife of the late John Wiedenski; cherished mother of Theresa, Mary Szczap, Mark (Jelena) and the late John A. Wiedenski; loving grandmother of Michelle (fiancé Evan Power), Joe and John Szczap; Stefan and Mark Wiedenski; devoted daughter of the late Angela (nee Zubek) and late John Kwak; dear sister of John (late Sophie) Kwak, Mary (late Stanley) Bartoszek, Angela Laciak, late Joseph (Magdalena) Kwak, late Casey Kwak; dear sister-in-law of Joseph (Marie) Wiedenski, Rosalie (Walter) Staron, late Janina (late Walter) Hornich, late Sophie (late Alfred) Tokarski, late Stefan (late Janina) Wiedenski, late Stanley (Stella) Wiedenski and late Anthony Wiedenski; also dearly loved by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bernice was a longtime employee of World’s Finest Chocolate.

Visitation was February 20 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Funeral was February 21 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Bruno. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

WisnewskiMARILYN J. WISNEWSKI

Marilyn J. Wisnewski (nee Becic), 92, of Oak Brook, formerly of Brookfield, passed away February 9.

Beloved wife of the late Eymard J. Wisnewski; fond mother of Mark (Jill) Wisnewski and Paul (Migdalia) Wisnewski; dear grandmother of Eric Wisnewski and Ava Wisnewski.

Visitation was held February 12 to time of Mass at St. Barbara Church, 4008 Prairie Avenue, Brookfield. Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

Memorials appreciated to Interfaith Community Partners, 150 S Ashland Ave., LaGrange, IL 60525.

Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield.

ZiembaJOSEPH M. ZIEMBA

Joseph M. Ziemba, 62 of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community, passed away suddenly at home February 6.

He was the loving husband of Masami “Sammy” Wada; beloved son of the late Joseph J. and late Shirley Ziemba; dear brother of Shari Johnson.

Joe was a dispatcher for the Chicago Police Department for 24 years.

Visitation was held February 15 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. in Summit. He was honored with the St. Jude Service during the evening of the visitation. Condolences may be sent to Joseph’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

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