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Obituaries May 19, 2022

BogdziewiczSIGMUND A. BOGDZIEWICZ

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copySigmund A. Bogdziewicz, age 96, passed away April 28. US Navy WWII Veteran, Honor Flight participant.

Loving son of the late Vincent (late Helena); dearest brother of the late Charles, late Stanley, late Vincent Jr. and late Joseph; dear uncle and great uncle to many.

Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home, Jonathan F. Siedlecki Director, 4901 S. Archer Ave (1 blk east of Pulaski at Szykowny Blvd). Funeral Mass was held at Five Holy Martyrs Church, Interment. Resurrection Cemetery. To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com.

ByersRAYMOND BYERS

Raymond Byers, age 77, of Chicago, passed away April 25, after a long, hard battle with cancer surrounded by his family. Retired engineer for Chicago Park District.

Son of late Ernest and Lauretta (nee Geist) Byers; brother of late Richard Byers. Raymond is survived by his wife, Gail (nee Bray) and his cherished children Kirk (Erin), Teri (Ibrahim), Mandy (Henry), Danny (Jamie), And Holly (Pablo); cherished grandchildren, Nathan (Samantha), Zoe, Skylar, Savannah and Isabella; cherished great grandchildren Charlotte and Blake; uncle to the late Pamela Potempa, Cheryl Walker, and Rich Byers and many other nieces and nephews, brother-in-law and friend to many.

Visitation was held April 29 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held April 30, 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.

DeVriesEDGAR DEVRIES

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyEdgar DeVries, age 96, passed away May 11. He was a proud World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps, Retired from the CSX railway as a supervisor.

Edgar was preceded in death by his dedicated wife Elaine DeVries. He leaves behind his beloved four children, Kenneth (Denise) DeVries, Janet (John) Osifchin, Edward (Sally) DeVries, and Lisa (Tom) DeVries; his cherished grandchildren, Jason Kowal, Edgar (Stacy) DeVries, John (Casey) Osifchin, David Osifchin, Sherri (Frankie) Bradley, David Kowal, and Joseph DeVries, and his great-grandchildren Jason, Kyle, Robert, Thomas, Alysa, Harley, Sierra, Haley, dear uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Memories will be shared at a visitation Saturday May 21 from 3-9 pm at Hann Funeral Home 8230 S. Harlem Ave Bridgeview. A second night visitation will be held on Sunday, May 22 from 3-9 pm at Hann Funeral Home 8230 S. Harlem Ave Bridgeview. Chapel Prayers Monday May 23 at 10:00am at Hann Funeral Home. Internment Fairmount Willow Hills Cemetery, Willow Springs IL. Funeral arrangements being handled by Hann Funeral Home, for more information call, 708-496-3344 or visit us online at hannfuneralhome.com.

KosekJOANNE R. KOSEK

Joanne R. Kosek, age 71, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away peacefully April 30.

She was the loving daughter of the late Stanley and late Angeline Kosek; dear sister of the late Stanley (late Karen) Kosek, late Lorraine (late Vito) Tallarito, Bernadette (Eric) Sanberg and Joe (Cathy) Kosek; admired and much-loved aunt of Michael (Amanda), Vickie (Greg), Stanley, Colin (Chelsea), Alexander, Alton, Claire and Ali; great aunt of Paige, Lincoln and Finnegan. Joanne will be dearly missed by her best friends, Teri Jasinski and Theresa Piasecki.

Visitation was held May 8 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation at the funeral home May 9 until time of prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Joseph Church for a Mass of Resurrection. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery Garden Mausoleum. Condolences may be sent to Joanne’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

LauerFRANCIS J. LAUER SR.

Francis J. Lauer Sr., age 87, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away at home May 11.

He was the beloved husband of the late Geraldine (nee Grzenia); loving father of Michael Lauer, Francis Jr (Barbara) Lauer and Paul Lauer; cherished grandfather of Liberty, Kayla, Sean and Mike Lauer Jr.; dear uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held May 14 until time of Celebration of Life Service at Foran Funeral Home (55th street just west of Harlem). Francis will be cremated and buried at a later date at Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Francis’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

MelendezJOSE T. MELENDEZ

Jose T. Melendez, age 79, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away at home May 6, with his loving family at his side.

He was the beloved husband of Guadalupe Cintora; loving father of Sonia (Gustavo) Villarreal, Roberto Melendez, Anna Melendez and the late Estela Melendez and late Alejandra (Jose) Espada; cherished grandfather of Isabella, Jose, Luciana and Zadkiel; dear brother of Arturo, Miguel, Raul, Victoria, Carmen, Maria Elena, Josefina and the late Guadalupe; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held May 9 at Foran Funeral Home,7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation at the funeral home May 10 until time of prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Blasé Church for a Mass of Resurrection. Jose was entombed at Resurrection Cemetery Garden Mausoleum. Condolences may be sent to Jose’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

PecoraroLINDA LEE PECORARO

Linda Lee Pecoraro, age 73, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away peacefully May 3 surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved mother of Tony (Susie Wozniak) Pecoraro and Frank (Amber) Pecoraro; much loved grandmother of Nicholas Pecoraro, Anthony Pecoraro, Brayden Pecoraro, Vinny and Carlee Pecoraro; dear sister of Mike Ledene and the late Harry Ledene. Linda will be dearly missed by her caring extended family and her nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation was held May 7 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem) until time of Celebration of Life Service. Per Linda’s request she will be cremated. Condolences may be sent to Linda’s family on her personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

RybaFRANCES C. RYBA

Frances C. Ryba (nee Slofkosky), age 93, of Chicago, Archer Heights community, passed away May 2.

Beloved wife of the late Edward Ryba; loving mother of Michele Ryba, Adrienne Castillo, late James (Lori) and late William Ryba; dearest grandmother of Daniela, Nicholas, Marisa, Brandon Castillo, Daniel (Deborah), David, Heather and Brett (Krystel) Ryba; dear great grandmother of Luna Sophia, Sebastian, Samantha, Logan and Lillianna; devoted daughter of the late Apolonia (nee Farkish) and late Michael Slofkosky; fond sister of Margaret Munday, Theresa Slofkosky; preceded in death by Mary Drury, Anna Laschiazza, Helen Patterson, Elizabeth Majchrowicz, Joseph, John, Stephen, George, Michael, Albert, Thomas and William Slofkosky; fond aunt and friend of many.

Visitation was held May 6 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 5088 S. Archer Ave., corner of Keeler. Funeral was held May 7 from the funeral home to the Church of St. Bruno for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Faithful member of St. Bruno Rosary Sodality, Mother’s Club, Senior Club and Bingo Worker. 773-767-2166 or www.ZarzyckiManorChapels.com.

TERRENCE CHARLES SCHWITT

Terrence Charles Schwitt, age 78, of La Grange Park, passed away May 2.

Son of the late Bruno A. Schwiit and Estelle A. Schwitt (nee Mikrut); nephew of Lorraine (the late Joseph) Dvorak; cousin of Lynn (Chuck) Grimm, Joseph (Lynn) Dvorak, Charles (Reggie) Dvorak, Ronald Lipinski; “Uncle” of Bryan (Rebecca) Dvorak, Jason (Meghan) Dvorak, Jeffrey (Cindy Kowalski) Grimm, Kevin Grimm, Carrie (Aaron) Sharpe and Grant Paplauskas.

Visitation was held May 6 and May 7 at Hitzeman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Funeral was held May 7 to St. Louise de Marillac Church, La Grange Park for Mass. Interment private Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials appreciated to St. Louise de Marillac Church, 1144 Harrison Avenue, LaGrange Park, IL 60526. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com. If you wish to send a sympathy card to the family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o The Terrence Schwitt Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

WisniewskiMARIAN ANDRZEJ “ANDY” WISNIEWSKI

Marian Andrzej “Andy” Wisniewski, age 72, passed away April 22.

Beloved husband of Maria (nee Kopinska) Wisniewski; loving father of Patricia Wisniewski and Simon Wisniewski; cherished son of the late Bronislawa (nee Folfas) and Marian Wisniewski; dear brother of the late Stanley Wisniewski; fond brother-in-law of Jan (Zofia) Kopinski, Kazimierz (Nina) Kopinski, Andrzej (Malgorzata) Kopinski and Krzysztof Kopinski; dear uncle of Melissa Kopinski and Timothy Kopinski also many nieces and nephews in Poland. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held April 27 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held April 28, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint James at Sag Bridge Church, 10600 Archer Avenue, Lemont for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

DENNIS EDWARD WOOD

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyDennis Edward Wood, age 72, of Brookfield, passed away May 2. Vietnam Navy Veteran.

Beloved husband of Diane M. Wood (nee Solti); son of the late Charles Patrick Wood; dear brother of Gary (Conny) Wood; uncle of Markus Wood.

Visitation was held May 5 at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Committal Service and Military Honors were held May 6 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com. If you wish to send a sympathy card to the family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o The Dennis Wood Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

 

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