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Obituaries February 22, 2024

DONNA J. BAKER Donna J. Baker (nee Bjorklund), age 73, passed away January 28. Loving mother of Nancy (Frank Brown) Baker, Julie Baker, William (Shelley) Baker Jr., and Anthony (Krista) Baker; dear grandmother of Brittany Stutts, Christopher Brown, David Weeks, Robert Weeks, Richard Weeks Jr., Danielle Weeks, Alexis Siara-Chareun, Kayla Baker; cherished daughter of the…

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Obituaries February 15, 2024

ANNA BEDNARZ Anna Bednarz (nee Rzepka), age 72, passed away February 2. Beloved wife of the late Jan Bednarz; loving mother of Janina (Andrzej) Zolnierczyk, Maria Lassak and Wieslaw (Edyta) Bednarz; dear grandmother of Slawomir Zolnierczyk, Julia Lassak, Adrian Bednarz, Emilia Bednarz and Jacob Bednarz; cherished daughter of the late Anna (nee Mulica) and the…

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Obituaries February 8, 2024

AGNIESZKA “AGNES” BASIORKA Agnieszka “Agnes” Basiorka (nee Tylka), 83, passed away January 25. Beloved wife of the late Andrzej “Andrew” Basiorka; loving mother of the late Thaddeus Basiorka, John (Theresa) Basiorka and Joseph (Mary) Basiorka; former mother-in-law of Anna Komperda; dear grandmother of Ryan (Aleksa) Basiorka, Derek (Carisa) Basiorka, Eric (Samantha) Basiorka, Ashley (Chris) Skorusa,…

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Obituaries February 1, 2024

JOAN CADA Joan Cada (nee Berzek); loving mother of Denise (Tom) Socco, Keith (Carol) Cada and the late Linda Tilford; dearest grandmother of Nicole Cada, Joseph (Kelly) Vaccaro, Ashley Vaccaro, Julia McGavock, Sarah Cada, Christina (Jason) Jones and Kristin (Brian) Maratea; great grandmother of Joseph, Joshua, Travis, Callie, Serenity, Jason Jr, Gavin and Lucca; devoted…

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Obituaries January 25, 2024

JOEL R. BABICA Joel R. Babica, age 88, passed away January 14. Beloved husband of Antha Babica (nee Loy); loving father of Joseph Babica and Patty Zientara; dear grandfather of Eric and Kira; dearest great-grandfather of Alyssa, Aubree, Brayden and Quinn; fond brother of Carol Smith. Also survived by relatives and friends. Visitation was held…

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Obituaries January 18, 2024

RICHARD J. “RICK” DEPCIK Richard J. “Rick” Depcik, age 73, passed away December 18. Cherished husband and best friend to Gina (nee Rian) for 51 years; brother of John, Joe III and the late Tom Depcik; dear brother-in-law of Reggie (Gloria) Rian, Natalie (Doug) Duey, the late Colleen Caproni, the late Richard (Lydia) Rian, the…

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Obituaries January 11, 2024

MAUREEN ALIOTO Maureen Alioto, 76, passed away on January 2, 2024. She was a beloved wife of Joseph Alioto, the beloved mother of Michael and Anna Alioto, and a dear sister to Rita and Robert Lerch and John McDermott, and Jance, Michael McDermott and Lynn, Tom McDermott and Ann and Joanne and Rob Alexsick. Maureen…

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Obituaries January 4, 2024

HELENA BZDYK Helena Bzdyk (nee Rzadkosz), age 75, passed away December 21. Beloved wife of the late Wladyslaw Bzdyk; loving mother of Mieczyslaw (Renata) Bzdyk and the late Danuta (Stanislaw) Kulasik; dear grandmother of Krzysztof Bzdyk, Tomasz Bzdyk, Anna Bzdyk, Jakub Kulasik, Joanna Kulasik and Sylwia Kulasik; cherished daughter of the late Ludwina (nee Zarycka) and…

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Obituaries December 28, 2023

GLORIA J. BURKE Gloria J. Burke, age 79, passed away December 13. Beloved wife of James “Jim” Burke; loving mom of Jim (Bridget) Burke; dearest grandma of Ava Burke; dear sister of Sylvia (the late James) Donaldson. Also survived by relatives and friends. Funeral was held December 16, family and friends gathered directly at Saint…

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Obituaries December 21, 2023

DOROTHY B. BERO Dorothy B. Bero (nee Bocinsky), passed away December 5. Born in Chicago, Dorothy attended Blessed Agnes of Bohemia school with older siblings Lucille and Jim. She participated athletically in Sokol gymnastics and Ballet. Preceded in death by her son, Mark Wagner. Dorothy was a doting mother – Mark was the love of…

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Obituaries December 14, 2023

ROBERT E. CUMMINS Robert E. Cummins, 92, of Frankfort has passed away. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores “Dee” nee Pappas Cummins; devoted son of the late Edward and Rose nee Teresi Cummins; loving father of Alana (Rick) Cramer, Rob Jr. (Debbie), Bill…

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Obituaries December 7, 2023

ROBERT K. ADAIR Robert K. Adair passed away peacefully at home November 30. He was the beloved husband for 62 years to Charlene (nee Gruzalski); loving father of Scot (Virginia) Adair and Bryan Adair; dear grandfather of Scot Adair Jr.  and Robert Michael Adair; fond brother of Ronald (Carol) Adair and uncle to Donna, Ronald,…

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Obituaries November 30, 2023

DAVID BOTELLO David Botello, 43, passed away peacefully on November 25 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. David is survived by his wife, Ewa (Lazowska); his son, Matthew; mother, Roxanne Botello, and mother-in-law, Lodzia. Also survived by maternal grandmother, Gloria Pearl, aunts, uncle and many relatives and friends. David was born on August 29, 1980, in Chicago.…

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Obituaries November 23, 2023

PHILLIP P. CHAPUT Phillip P. Chaput, age 86, passed away October 31. US Navy Veteran. Beloved husband of Geri G. Chaput (nee Kolacki); loving father of Richard (Karen) Chaput, Mark (the late Michelle) Chaput, Cheryl (Dennis) Sutkowski and Adrienne (James) Boothe; dear grandfather of Jessica Chaput, Sean (Jordan) Chaput, Nichole Chaput, Anna Boothe and Amberlynn…

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Obituaries November 16, 2023

ANNIE DERDAK Annie Derdak (nee Casey), beloved wife of the late Peter Derdak, passed away peacefully November 8. Visitation was held November 10 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem) until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Fabian Church for Mass. Annie will be…

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Obituaries November 9, 2023

EDWARD FRANK ANDJULIS Edward Frank Andjulis, long time resident of Summit, late of Bolingbrook, passed away October 31. Proud Air Force Veteran. He was the beloved husband of the late June Andjulis; loving father of Edward (Gail) and cherished grandfather of Bailey and Emley; fond brother of Larry (Kathy) Andjulis and the late Patricia (late…

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Obituaries November 2, 2023

ELIO ALBERTINI Elio Albertini, age 93, peacefully passed away October 25, Husband of 63 years to Teresa (ne´e Ionni); father to Emilio (Trish), Maria Hill (Reid), Maria Antonietta Albertini (predeceased) and beloved grandfather to Francesca, Alexander, and Theodore. Elio emigrated to the United States in 1957 from Castel di Lama, a municipality within the Province of…

Officer Alberto Valadez supervised hands-on training to pack a wound that was 'bleeding.' (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Stop the Bleed lessons taught at Argo, Summit Library

By Carol McGowan  Argo High School’s Student Resource Officers, Michael Snee and Wagner Antoine, have not only been busy with making sure the Summit school is safe, but have been training staff in how to Stop the Bleed. Snee has been with the Summit Police Department for approximately seven years, and at Argo High School…

Michael Wickman, a member of Navy Junior Reserve Officers Corps at Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave., Oak Lawn, was recently awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award. (Supplied photo)

Richards student awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award

By Kelly White Richards High School senior Michael Wickman has set his educational bar high. Wickman, a member of Navy Junior Reserve Officers Corps at the high school, 10601 Central Ave., Oak Lawn, was recently awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award for his outstanding achievement in the NJROTC. “Being Awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze…

Evergreen Park Community High School held a food drive to help the animals in need after a fire broke out last month at PAWS animal shelter, 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park. (Supplied photos)

EPCHS students help PAWS recover from fire

By Kelly White Dozens of cats and dogs were rescued after a fire broke out at PAWS last month. On the evening of Wednesday, January 17, firefighters responded immediately to a large dryer fire at the animal shelter at 8301 W. 191st St. Fire crews and volunteers evacuated 55 cats and 42 dogs from the…

The Soup and Bread Event held February 4 at Holiday Inn Countryside raised a record $110,000 for BEDS Plus. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Soup and Bread event raises $110,000 for BEDS Plus

By Steve Metsch There’s a lot of money to be made in soup. Officials of BEDS Plus, had set a goal of raising $100,000 at its 12th Soup and Bread event at the Holiday Inn Countryside. They easily raced past that, Development Manager Erin Molek said. “We’re at about $110,000. Anyone who wants to keep…

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Hidden Oaks Nature Center to close for renovation

By Bob Bong Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook is about to be transformed, but the process will require the facility to be closed for most of the year starting Monday, Feb. 19. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but promise to be an asset to the community and a great place to visit…

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Summit adds surprise infrastructure fee to water bills

By Carol McGowan A new fee that is showing up on water bills in Summit had residents questioning it at last week’s village board meeting. Summit Mayor Sergio Rodriguez addressed the crowded boardroom at the beginning of the meeting, knowing this was of concern and why many were there. Summit water bills are issued every…

The façade of the Continental Can. Co plant has been a McKinley Park eyesore for years. Developers envision a new building with a utilitarian yet attractive exterior. --Supplied photos

Continental Can demolition ‘imminent’

. Eyesore at 38/Ashland going away . By Dermot Connolly The long-vacant Continental Can Co. building at 3815 S. Ashland will soon be demolished to make room for a 100,000 sq. ft. cold-storage facility. Representatives of Karis Cold, the developer of the $30 million project, explained their plans at a Feb. 8 community meeting at…

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Man dies after shooting in McCook bar parking lot

By Bob Bong One man was killed and another wounded early Saturday morning in a shooting outside a bar in McCook. McCook police said they were responding to a call about a shooting in the parking lot of a bar and discovered the men about half-a-block south of the parking lot of All Star Bar,…

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ShotSpotter foes off target, SW Siders say

. Don’t want police to lose ‘valuable tool’ .  By Tim Hadac Mayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to eliminate the city’s ShotSpotter audio detection system are off target, several Southwest Siders are saying. The most high profile among them are the three elected members of the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police Council: Mark Hamberlin, Al Cacciottolo…

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Gas station will be first business at former Lyons Quarry

By Steve Metsch A gas station will be the first business located on land that formerly was home to a quarry in Lyons. It will be will be built on seven acres the village has sold to a developer, Mayor Christopher Getty said after the Feb. 6 board meeting. The board unanimously approved a $2…