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Obituaries June 16, 2022

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BARBARA BAJZEC

Barbara Bajzec, 89, late of Orland Park, passed away on June 4.

She was the wife of the late George Bajzec; mother of Valentina and Darlene Bajzec; aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service was held on June 11 at Thornridge Funeral Home. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

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

ELEANOR M. BALTES

Eleanor M. Baltes, 100, late of Orland Park, passed away June 8.

She was the daughter of the late Anton and Selma Baltes; sister of the late Anton J. Baltes and Evelyn (Baltes) Schuette; aunt of Dean (Maureen) Schuette, David (Deb)Schuette, Dan Schuette, Diane Jorgensen, Donna (Andy) Rich; great aunt of many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held on June 13 at Our Lady of the Woods Church. Interment St Mary Cemetery.

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

BednaraCARL BEDNARA

Carl Bednara, age 74, of Palos Park, passed away June 6.

Loving father of Richard (Sara) Bednara, Monica Bednara (Michael Ahrens) and Caroline Bednara; dearest grandfather of Sabrina, Rosie, Halie and Ayla; devoted son of the late Zofia Paduch and the late Stanislaw Bednara; fond brother of Adam Bednara; partner of Helena Majchrzak; uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held June 10 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Avenue, Willow Springs. Funeral services followed. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 708-839-8999 or www.ZarzyckiManorChapels.com.

ALLAN J. CITTA

Allan J. Citta, 73, of Manhattan, formerly of Tinley Park, passed away June 12.

He was the beloved husband of Annie (nee Majkrzak), loving father of Casey (Jennifer) Komosa and Alexa (Casey) Tietz; cherished grandfather of Logan, Trevor and Meredith; devoted son of the late Wanda (nee Makarek) and late James Citta; dear brother of Sandy (Steve) Hoeft; dear son-in-law of the late Rozalia (nee Kenick) and late Stanislaw Majkrzak; fond brother-in-law of Casimir, Tad (Anne) Majkrzak, Stanley Jr. (Agnes) Majkrzak, Lottie (Leonard) Rakus, John (Cindy) Majkrzak and the late Mary (late Bobby) Potoniec; uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 16, from 4-8 p.m. at Zarzycki Manor Chapels Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Funeral will be Friday, June 17, at 9 a.m. from the funeral home to the Church of St. Patricia. Mass 10 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

DuenasSERGIO DUENAS

Sergio Duenas, age 57, passed away May 24.

Beloved husband of Laura (nee Mendez) Duenas; loving dad of Jessica (Carlos) Gonzalez and Joseph Duenas (Mariela Villalobos); treasured grandpa of Carlos Gonzalez, Isabel Gonzalez, Emily Gonzalez, Aiden Gonzalez, Diego Duenas and Luciano Gonzalez; cherished son of Abraham Duenas (Antonia Duenas Aburto) and the late Micaelina Duenas Ibarra; devoted brother of Noel Duenas (Rogelia Cortez), Everardo Duenas, Maria (Scott) Dennis, Nina Duenas (Hugo Abarca), Abraham Duenas, Nilda Duenas (Jose Tapia), Elida Duenas (Francisco Javier Estrada) and Antonio Duenas (Samantha Alvarado). Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held May 27 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held May 28, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Bede the Venerable Church, 8200 S. Kostner Ave., Chicago for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

FieldsLAUREN RENEE FIELDS

Lauren Renee Fields, age 32, passed away peacefully with her family by her side May 27.

She was survived by her parents Deanna (Scott) VanDell and Larry Fields; her loving fiancé William Gates Jr.; her grandparents Sam and Linda Lupo and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Thank you to everyone who supported #Laurenstrong. It gave her strength to fight right to the end. She fought her entire battle with courage, dignity and grace.

In memory of Lauren, donations to the Morton Arboretum, are much appreciated.

Visitation was held May 29 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, with a Service and Time of Remembrance held at the funeral home. Cremation Rites to be accorded. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

ROBERT R. FUESEL

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyRobert R. Fuesel, 86, died at his home in Palos Heights on June 4.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Margaret, nee Sacco, dear father to Paul (Ex: Marsha Failor) of Seattle, Gregg (Elizabeth) of Omaha, Neb., Jerry (Marie) of Orland Park, fond grandfather of Robert, Benjamin, Carrie, and Owen. Preceded in death by brother Stan (Barbara) of Fairfax, VA. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Retired from the Internal Revenue Service criminal division as special agent (1958 – 1986), U.S. Military Reserves (Marines and Air Force OSI). Former president, Federal Criminal Investigators Association and National Association of Crime Commissioners. Served as Executive Director of the Chicago Crime Commission (1986 – 1991). Fuesel enjoyed sharing stories of his work on investigations of organized crime figures and of narcotic and gambling operations. He helped those telling the history of organized crime and, prior to his retirement, acted as a consultant on the movie, “The Untouchables.” Member of the Illinois Police Association and the Fraternal Order of Police. Lay minister at Incarnation Catholic Church, Crestwood, he proudly created a garden for the Blessed Mary and set up the Adoration Chapel and book stand.

Visitation will be Friday, June 17, from 4-8 p.m. Funeral will be Saturday, June 18, at 10:15 a.m. from the Becvar & Son Funeral Home, 5539 W. 127th Street, Crestwood, to Incarnation Catholic Church, 5757 W. 127th Street, Crestwood, for an 11 a.m. Mass. Interment will be in private at St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. \

GocalANDRZEJ GOCAL

Andrzej Gocal, age 73, passed away May 30.

Beloved husband of Maria (nee Jedrol) Gocal; loving father of Krzysztof (Aleksandra) Gocal, Maria Gocal, Krystyna Gocal and Anna (Jan) Bochnak; dearest grandfather of Antoni Gocal, Wojciech Gocal, Marianna Bochnak, Julianna (Michael) Walsh and Jonathan Bochnak; cherished son of the late Ludwika (nee Skubisz) and the late Andrzej Gocal; fond brother of Anna (Wladyslaw) Staszel and Maria (Jozef) Bobek. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Member of ZPPA Kolo Nr. 52 Czerwienne.

Visitation was held June 2 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held June 3, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Bruno Church, 4751 S. Harding Avenue, Chicago for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

LaFrancisCHARLES C. LA FRANCIS

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyCharles “Charlie” C. La Francis, age 73, passed away June 6. Army Veteran.

He was the loving Father of Christopher (Regina) La Francis, Valerie (Daniel) Gallo and Sarah (Bob Skrobot) La Francis; proud grandfather of Lucy, Charlie and Sophia La Francis and Ben, Nori, Nate and Ava Gallo; and Grandpaw to Lucky Jack, Ginny, Blue and Drax; fond brother of Shari (late Jim) Broscovak, Tim (Sylvia) La Francis, the late Faye (Russ) Schneider and Wendy (Mike) Skwira. Charlie will be missed by his former spouse and dear friend Christine La Francis and his many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation was held June10 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). A Service in celebration of Charlie’s life was held followed by Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any generosity in Charlie’s memory be given to the Mutts of the Midway dog rescue. https://www.muttsofthemidway.org/donate. Condolences may be sent to Charles’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

adele obrienADELE E. O’BRIEN

Adele E. O’Brien, nee Glenn, 91, of Hometown, passed away on June 12 at home surrounded by her loved ones.

She was the beloved wife for 70 years of William F. O’Brien; devoted mother of Ellen O’Brien and the late Michael and Martin (Joanne) O’Brien; proud grandma of Janet, Jennifer and Katie; great-grandmother of six.

Adele was a retired surgical nurse after a 43-year career.

Funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Curley Funeral Home, 6116 W. 111th St., Chicago Ridge. Interment at Mount Hope Cemetery in Chicago.

OBrienJAMES T. O’BRIEN

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyJames T. O’Brien, age 73, passed away June 5. US Army Veteran, honorably served in the Vietnam War.

Proud father of Jim (Karen) O’Brien, Tracie (Joe) Yednock, and Katherine (Brian) Thompson; adoring grandpa of Emma, Jimmy, and Abbey O’Brien; Tommy and Ryan Yednock; Brian, Matthew, and Patrick Thompson; dear brother of Mike (Maria) O’Brien, the late Danny (late Kathy) O’Brien, Patricia (Jack) Kenney, Mary Kay Murphy, and the late Gerry O’Brien; fond uncle to many nieces and nephews; Cherished friend to many; Proud 52 year member of the Sprinkler Fitter’s Union Local 281.

Visitation was held June 9 until the time of Mass at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 10621 S. Kedvale Ave., Oak Lawn; Interment Private. Arrangements entrusted to Curley Funeral Home, Chicago Ridge. Kindly Omit Flowers. For funeral info: 708-422-2700 or www.curleyfuneralhome.com.

VICTORIA ROSE OGRODNY

Victoria Rose Ogrodny, 3, of Oak Lawn, passed away June 13.

She is the cherished daughter of Jennifer Ogrodny; dearest sister of Lucas Natour; loving granddaughter of Janet Ogrodny and Slawomir Ogrodny; fond great granddaughter of John (late Mary) Doran and Zofia (Jozef) Ogrodny; dearest niece of Jonathan and also survived by many great aunts and great uncles.

Visitation will be Friday, June 17, 4-8 p.m. at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, 8999 S. Archer Avenue, Willow Springs. Funeral will be Saturday, June 18, at 9 a.m. from the funeral home to the Church of St. Gerald. Mass 10 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

OleskyPATRICIA A. OLESKY

Patricia A. Olesky (nee Moser), age 87, passed away May 12.

Beloved wife of the late Theodore Olesky; loving mother of the late Michael Olesky Sr. and the late Pamela Olesky-Smith; dear grandmother of Michael Jr. (Monica) Olesky; dearest great-grandmother of Olivia and Theo. Also survived by relatives and friends.

Visitation was held May 31 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Cremation rites have been accorded. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

PyrzanowskiKRYSTYNA PYRZANOWSKI

Krystyna Pyrzanowski (nee Cachro), age 52, of Palos Hills, passed away June 5.

Beloved wife of Derek Pyrzanowski; loving mother of Konrad (Karolina), Noah and Nellie Pyrzanowski; devoted daughter of Stanislaw and the late Irena (nee Kucharska); dearest sister of Irena Stanek; fond aunt of Natalia (Andy) Galdyn, Robert Stanek and Raphael (Grace) Pyrzanowski; fond daughter-in-law of Janusz (late Elzbieta) Pyrzanowski; dear sister-in-law of Lester (Ania Jankowska) Pyrzanowski; also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins of the Kucharski and Cachro Families.

Visitation was held June 9 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave. Funeral was held June 10 from the funeral home to the Church of Sacred Heart for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 708-839-8999 or www.ZarzyckiManorChapels.com.

RodgriguezJOSE A RODRIGUEZ

Jose A Rodriguez, age 69, passed away June 3 at his residence.

Will be forever missed by his beloved family and friends.

Visitation and Chapel Service were held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S Archer Ave, Chicago. Jonathan F Siedlecki, Owner/Director. Interment is in Mexico. To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com.

ANNA E. ROEGNER

Anna E. “Betty” Roegner (nee Wuerfele), age 93, of Brookfield, passed away peacefully June 4.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Rupert Roegner; her parents George and Fonda (Graham) Wuerfele; sisters Georgie Ethel, Mildred Stillian, Alberta Wuerfele, Lucile Woods, and Marguerite Myers. Betty is survived by her daughter, Cathy (Ron) Shook, her son and gracious caregiver, Mark Roegner, four grandchildren, Elizabeth (Ryan) Briggs, Ben (Meredith) Shook, David (Liz) Shook, and Jon (Mary) Shook as well as six great grandchildren Michael, Jackson, Chris, Caroline, Donovan, and Lily.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association. Visitation was held June 7 at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield. Graveside service was held June 8 at Woodlawn Cemetery, 7750 Cermak Rd, Forest Park. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com. For those of you that would like to express your condolences to the family, please visit the funeral home website and you can leave the family a message. 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 Anna Roegner Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

SheehyMARY ANN SHEEHY

Mary Ann Sheehy, age 87, passed away May 25.

Cherished daughter of the late Gertrude (nee McGrory) and the late William Sheehy; dear sister of the late Bill (the late Maureen) Sheehy, the late Kathleen (Richard) Wojciechowski, and the late Carol (the late John) Bazukas; cherished love of the late Ted Willy. Also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held May 31 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice with Service and Time of Remembrance held at the funeral home. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

VardouniotisSPIROS G. VARDOUNIOTIS

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copySpiros G. Vardouniotis, age 89, passed away May 21. Veteran of the Korean War.

Beloved husband of Irini (nee Xydis) Vardouniotis; loving father of George Vardouniotis and Alexandra Vardouniotis (Bill Laskaridis); dearest Papou of George Spiro Laskaridis; cherished son of the late Alexandra (nee Bisbikis) and the late George Vardouniotis; dear brother of the late Pete (the late Mary), the late Kostas (the late Kalliope), the late Demetrios (Martha), the late Asimina (the late Kostas), the late Louis (Eleni), Eleni (the late Sotiris), the late Panagiota (the late Nikos) and the late Vlasia (Demetrios). Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held May 24 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held May 25, procession from the funeral home to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 7560 S. Archer Road, Justice for service. Interment, Bethania Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

 

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