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Obituaries April 21, 2022

HinesEVERETT L. HINES

Everett L. Hines, age 78, passed away March 29.

Beloved husband of Naomi Ruth (nee Atherton) Hines; loving father of Tammy (Steve) Ledbetter, Kelly (Dave) Rus and Patrick (Danielle) Hines; dear grandfather of Tyler Ledbetter, Kyle Ledbetter, Clayton Ledbetter, David Rus, Jacob Rus, Ashley Rus, Declan Hines, Riley Hines and Brielle Hines; cherished son of the late Dorthy Irene (nee Williams) and the late LeRoy Junior Hines; fond brother of David Hines and Joyce Gibson. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Memorial was held April 16 at the Oak Brook Community Church, 3100 Midwest Road, Oak Brook. Arrangements entrusted to care of Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

ŁUKASZ A. KAPOŁKA

Łukasz A. Kapołka, age 52, formerly of Chicago (Archer Heights), passed away April 3.

Lukas is the beloved husband of Dominika (nee Kowalska); loving father of Julia and Jan; devoted son of Bozena (nee Jonczy) and Antoni Kapolka; dear grandson of Lubomira Jonczy; dearest brother of Mateusz (Elzbieta) Kapolka; fond son-in-law of Teresa and Stanislaw Kowalski; dear brother-in-law and uncle of many.

Visitation was held April 10 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Funeral was held April 11 from the funeral home to Sacred Heart Church for Mass. Inurnment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. 708-839-8999 or www.ZarzyckiManorChapels.com.

MIECZYSLAW KROL

Mieczyslaw Krol, age 68, passed away March 31.

Loving father of Alina (Adam) Pazik, Ewa (Pawel) Wardyla, Wioletta (Krzysztof) Pazdan and Monika Chmielewski; dear grandpa of Patrick, Michael, Natalia, Eliza, Olivia, Konrad, Mateusz, Veronica and Claudia; cherished son of the late Maria (nee Depowska) and the late Antoni Krol. Also survived by brothers, sisters, family in Poland, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held March 5 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held March 5, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Our Lady Mother of the Church Polish Mission, 116 Hilton Street, Willow Springs for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

MABEL L. KWILINSKI

Mabel L. Kwilinski, 89, late of Orland Park, passed away on April 8.

She was the wife of Jerome Kwilinski; mother of Patricia (Jack) Steinberg; sister of Madeline Theisen, Diana McCord, John Krakowsky, and Walter Krakowski; aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on April 13 at Thornridge Funeral Home. Funeral service was held on April 14 at Thornridge Funeral Home. Entombment Bethania Mausoleum.

Arrangements entrusted to Thornridge Funeral Home (Janusz Family Funeral Service).

MaukschPAUL R. MAUKSCH

Paul R. Mauksch, age 55, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away April 5.

Dearest son of Michael and Susan Wilkinson; cherished brother of Kerry, Megan, Matthew and Michael; loving husband of Lissa; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held April 10 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation at the funeral home on April 11 until time of Celebration of Life Service. Cremation rites private.

MedinaJOSEPH A. MEDINA

Joseph A. Medina, age 53, of Chicago, Little Village community.

Devoted son of Jose A. Medina and the late Bonnie Ruth Medina (nee Fry); loving brother of Jessie (Maria) Medina and Julianna Navarro; dearest uncle of Jasmyn, Carlos and Gabriel Medina, Amanda, Arianna, Jessica and Jesus Navarro; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.

Visitation was held April 12 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 5088 S. Archer Ave., corner of Keeler. Mass of Christian Burial was held April 13 at the funeral home. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 773-767-2166 or www.ZarzyckiManorChapels.com.

ANETTE OPACIAN MYERS

Anette Opacian Myers, age 35, of Chicago, passed away April 1.

Beloved wife of Christopher Myers; loving mother of Alana Stella Myers; devoted daughter of Maria (nee Wycislak) and Jan Opacian; dearest sister of Wieslaw (Magdalena) Opacian, Robert (Anna) Opacian, Tomasz (Susan) Opacian and Piotr (Angelika) Opacian; cherished aunt of Victor, Oscar, Milena, Gabriel, Charlotte and Maximilian; fond daughter-in-law of Amy (Timothy) Weeks and the late John Myers; dear sister-in-law of Laura Myers; granddaughter of Wladyslawa (late Andrzej) Opacian and the late Stanislawa and late Jozef Wycislak; also dearly loved by her many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Anette’s family appreciates memorial donations in her name to Brains Together for a Cure. Visitation was held April 7 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Avenue, Willow Springs. Funeral was held April 8 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Fabian for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 708 839-8999 or www.zarzyckimanorchapels.com.

PempekBRUCE A. PEMPEK

Bruce A. Pempek, age 65, passed away March 21.

Beloved husband, friend and soulmate of Vicki (nee Brann) Pempek; loving father of Shaun (Jenessa) Burks, Adam (Sarah) Burks and Sarah (Charles) Miller; dear grandfather of Kaleah, Zachary, Kahlie, Heather, Addison and Anna Belle; cherished son of the late Ann (nee Krizanovich) and the late Albert Pempek; fond brother of Laura Koszarek and Nancy Mannes. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held April 1 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held April 2, 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.

PleshaMARY PATRICIA PLESHA

Mary Patricia Plesha (nee Cleary), age 86, of Portage, WI, formerly of Chesterfield, MO, Mesa, AZ, Slidell, LA, Lyons and McCook, IL, and Boonville, MO, passed away April 11 after a brave fight with dementia at Tivoli (Aspirus Divine Savior) in Portage, WI.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, George F. Plesha Jr., her parents William and Virginia (nee Feldmann) Cleary, her sister Sue Malone (nee Cleary), grandson Damon Pallanti, and sister-in-law Joy (Fred) Zamecnik. She will be greatly missed by her children Dr. Julie (Kenneth) McGwin, Karen/Kiki (Brad Bridges) Plesha, Terese/Terri Plesha (Elvin McCammond Jr.), David (Bonnie) Plesha, Daniel (Sandra) Plesha, and Bryan (Julie) Plesha, grandchildren Danielle (Frank Pucci) Pallanti, Sam (Aliona Krupskaya) McGwin, Maggie McGwin, Elvin (Amber Finn) McCammond, Patrick (Melissa Tipperreiter) McCammond, Claire and Gabriel Plesha, and Allison, Valerie and Cory Plesha, brothers William (Jessie) Cleary, James (Martha, deceased) Cleary, Michael (Diane/Dee) Cleary, brother-in-law James Malone, great-grandchildren Evan, Amalasuentha, Charlotte, Timothy, Oliver, and Camillo, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Visitation will be at Hallowell and James Funeral Home, 1025 West 55th Street, Countryside, IL 60525 on Friday, April 22 from 4:00 – 8:30 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church at 105 Herrick Rd., Riverside, IL 60546 Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 AM with interment following at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois. Donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-7633, http://www.alz.org/, or a charity of your choice.

ProffittMICHAEL EDWARD PROFFITT

Michael Proffitt, age 76, passed away peacefully March 24, with his wife and daughter by his side.

Son of the late Rita (Busby) and Michael V. Proffitt; cherished grandson of the late Edward Busby; devoted brother of the late Donald Proffitt. Mike was married to Dolores (nee Glista) for 47 years. Together they raised two daughters, Laura (Tom) Proffitt Schmiegel and Kathleen (Jose) Medina; beloved “Pops” to Viviana and Joseph; adored “Gramps” to Trinity and Aurora.

Funeral was held March 30 at his childhood parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Summit. His final resting place is at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

PATRICK J. SAWYER

Patrick J. Sawyer, age 60, passed away April 2.

Beloved husband of Caroline (nee Clark) Sawyer; loving father of Nicole (CJ) Sexton; dearest grandpa of Gianna Jacqueline Sexton; cherished son of the late Joan (nee Davern) and the late Raymond Sawyer; dear brother of Bob (Karen) Sawyer, Peggy (the late Nigiel) Murry, Bill (Neda) Sawyer and Andrea (Heath) Zeller. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Also survived by numerous relatives and friends.

Visitation was held April 7 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held April 8, Service and Time of Remembrance were held at the funeral home. Cremation rites to be accorded. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

brett schiefelbein obitBRETT SCHIEFELBEIN

Brett Schiefelbein, 50, of Chicago, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away on April 15.

He was the beloved son of Allen Jr. and Joan nee Bortman; dear brother of Chad (Kim) and Adam (Lisa Tang) Schiefelbein; loving uncle of Laken, Cole, Charlotte and Carissa.

He attended grade school at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School, graduated from Fenwick High School in 1990 and the University of Saint Thomas in 1994.

Visitation will be Friday. April 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Tower Home for Funerals, 4007 Joliet Road, Lyons. Funeral will be Saturday at 9 a.m. with prayers to Saint Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale for 10 a.m. Mass. Interment Queen of Heaven.

SepanikDOROTHY SEPANIK

Dorothy Sepanik (nee Chaney), age 69, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away April 7, surrounded by her loving family. Retired CPD 12th District and Area 3 Evidence Technician for 29 years.

Beloved wife of Bernard Sepanik; loving mother of Lisa Sepanik (Joshua Pratts); proud Nana of Nalani and Gianna Pratts; daughter of the late Mary Guagenti-Chaney; treasured sister of John (Gabriela Ramos) Chaney, Donna Chaney (Frank Gorniak), the late Robert Dale Chaney, Carol (Robert Mazor Retired CCSPD) and Andrew (Anna) Chaney. Dear aunt of Brian Chaney, Christina (Donald) DiBrita, Andrea (Joseph) Quinn, Lauren (Joseph) Tully, Sarah (Scott) Ferrebee and Marc Chaney; cherished great aunt of Daniela, Dominic, Nora, Frank, Beau and Henry.

Memorial visitation was held April 12 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held at the funeral home on April 14 until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Daniel the Prophet Church for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, 10343 S. Pulaski, Chicago, IL. 60655 in Dorothy’s name would be appreciated.

VescoviGEORGE VESCOVI

George Vescovi, age 93, passed away April.

George was a Community Activist and Member of Archer Heights Civic Association and St. Richard Church.

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

PHYLLIS D. WALLACE

Phyllis D. Wallace, nee Sinkivis, 89, of Chicago Ridge passed away on April 14.

She was the beloved mother of Debbie Wallace, Chris McNamara, and Richard Wallace. Cherished grandmother of Brian Fickett and Shannon McNamara. Loving sister of the late Sylvia Sinkivis.

Phyllis was a longtime employee of MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.

Visitation was April 19 at the Becvar & Son Funeral Home, 5539 W. 127th Street, Crestwood. Cremation private.

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