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Obituaries August 11, 2022

GRACIELA AGUILAR Graciela Aguilar, age 90, of Chicago, Gage Park community, passed away July 24. She was the loving mother of Guillermo (Isabel) Aguilar Vega, Adrian Aguilar Vega, Albert Aguilar Vega, and Javier Aguilar Vega; cherished grandmother of Veronica (Ronald Anrade) Aguilar, Eric Toress, Ronny Andrade, David Aguilar, Luis Aguilar, Van Aguilar and Tatiana Aguilar;…

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Obituaries August 4, 2022

SHANNON BRENNAN Shannon Brennan, age 49, passed away July 20. Beloved daughter of Bonnie Brennan; dear sister of Colleen (Carl) Brennan-Powell and Sean (April) Brennan; loving aunt of Kinzie, Kole, Sean Jr. and Nicole. Funeral was held July 28 at St. Daniel the Prophet Church. Visitation was held July 27 at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home…

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Former Summit Trustee Ruben Guerrero passes away

By Carol McGowan Former Summit Village Trustee Ruben Guerrero passed away peacefully at his Summit home on Sunday, July 24. Guerrero served on the Summit Village Board for two terms, from 1997-2005, being the first Hispanic voted into the position. He ended his political career after he unsuccessfully ran for village clerk in 2005 when…

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Obituaries July 28, 2022

JILL M. BURRICHTER Jill M. Burrichter, 57, of Palos Hills, passed away July 20 after a battle with cervical cancer. She was the beloved daughter of the late John F. and Beverly J. nee Kristof Burrichter; loving sister of Jay (Martha), Jon (Donna) and late Jody Burrichter; dearest aunt of Haley, Haiden, Hanna, Wayne, Michael…

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A ‘solid reporter and a good man’

Louis Pukelis, former Southwest News-Herald reporter By Joan Hadac Louis George Pukelis was an award-winning publicist and high-profile government spokesman and speechwriter. A native Southwest Sider, he died July 11 at age 57. Mr. Pukelis was a marketing, public relations and crisis communications professional. His career included work as an association executive, and in senior…

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‘Father Bill’ Malloy, former St. Maurice pastor

From staff reports The Rev. William E. Malloy, who served as pastor of St. Maurice Parish in McKinley Park from 1987-95, died July 19. He was 74 years old. Father Malloy was born on Aug. 21, 1947, in Chicago. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in…

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Obituaries July 21, 2022

BOGUSLAW DASZYNSKI Boguslaw Daszynski, 77, of Palos Hills, formerly of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood, passed away July 18. He was the beloved husband of Krystyna (nee Kapka); loving father of Magdalena (Robert) Pawlowski and Adam (Nichole); dearest grandfather of Mateusz; dear brother of Hanna (Kazimierz) Wiemann; devoted son of the late Irena (nee Wezowczyk) and…

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Obituaries July 14, 2022

ZOFIA ANTOLAK Zofia Antolak (nee Zagata), age 83, of Garfield Ridge, passed away July 8. Beloved wife of the late Jozef Antolak; loving mother of Danuta (Krzysztof) Nowobilski; dearest grandmother of Beata (Janusz) Graca and Lukasz (Katarzyna) Nowobilski; dearest great grandmother of Kevin, Lucas and Nicolas. Vistiation was held July 10. Funeral was held July…

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Obituaries July 7, 2022

STEPHANIE M. BADOWSKI Stephanie M. Badowski (nee Dziedzina), age 99, of Chicago, Clearing community, passed away June 25. Beloved wife of the late John; loving mother of Timothy (Deborah) Badowski, Denise Badowski, Thomas (late Virginia) Badowski, Steven (Donna) Badowski and the late Richard (Dale Ann) Badowski; cherished grandmother of Johnathon (Alyssa) Badowski, Lauren (Nat) Panzeca,…

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Obituaries June 30, 2022

VINCE BLACK Vince Black, age 52, passed away May 22. Survived by his daughter, Mary “Gabby”, her mother AnneMarie and step-daughters Samantha, Stephanie and Alyssa; dear godfather of Jackson Wertz; fond brother of the late Lance Corporal Larry (the late Joyce) Thompson. Beloved friend of Karen and devoted friend to many. Member of the Carpenters…

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Obituaries June 23, 2022

WIESŁAW TADEUSZ ‘Ted’ CHODOROWSKI Wiesław Tadeusz ‘Ted’ Chodorowski, age 93. Mr. Chodorowski served in the Polish Home Army during WWII. Mr. Chodorowski joined the Polish Home Army Veterans Association in the United States, eventually becoming President. Beloved husband of Anna (nee Sobecka); loving father of Beata (Keith) Niebrugge, Izabella (Johann) Stefnis, Joanna Chodorowska and Jolanta…

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Obituaries June 16, 2022

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…

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Obituaries June 9, 2022

THOMAS NICHOLAS COHA Thomas Nicholas Coha, age 88, passed away May 30. Devoted son to Nikola and Amalia (nee Gaspert) Coha; beloved brother of Stefania Coha, Helen (late Tony) Kovacevic and Sr. Thomas Eileen Coha, step-dad John Klancir and step-brothers Laurence and John Klancir. Tom and the love of his life, Gerri Coha were blessed with…

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Obituaries June 2, 2022

BARBARA ACOSTA Barbara Acosta (nee Marsic), age 74, passed away May 1. Beloved wife of the late George Acosta; loving mother of Lisa Acosta and Laura (Carl) Gray; dear grandmother of Julian Montejano, Jeremy Montejano, Colten Gray and Olivia Gray; dearest great-grandmother of Mia, Antonio, Stella and Luciano; cherished daughter of the late Emily (nee…

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Obituaries May 26, 2022

DOROTHY F. DUNAJCIK Dorothy F. Dunajcik, age 89, of Summit, passed away peacefully May 9. She was the beloved wife of the late John Dunajcik; cherished mother of Joanne (Jim) Fenton and the late John Dunajcik. Dorothy was preceded in death by all of her siblings, Joseph (Frieda) Drobitsch, Ann (Jimmy) Farrell, Mary (Leon) Brotemarkle,…

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Obituaries May 19, 2022

SIGMUND A. BOGDZIEWICZ Sigmund 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,…

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Obituaries May 12, 2022

WILLIAM C. ANDERSON JR. William C. Anderson Jr., age 67, of Countryside, passed away suddenly April 4. Loving son of the late Bill and late Florence Anderson; cherished brother of Sherry (Bernie) Kooyenga, the late Wayne (Linda) Anderson and Pat (late Ken) Conger; dear uncle of Debbie (Ray) Anhalt, Cindy (Jason) Villalobos, Christopher (Annie) Anderson…

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The basement of the single-family home at 5304 S. New England has been transformed into a modern game room complete with pinball machines and video arcade games. --Photo posted by the home’s owner to airbnb.com

Neighbors rally against ‘Mario’s Pad’

Launch petition drive against home rentals By Tim Hadac At first glance, the single-family home at 5304 S. New England appears to fit in perfectly in Garfield Ridge: nicely appointed and neatly manicured. But after it was sold a few months ago and then listed (as “Mario’s Pad”) for rent on airbnb.com for $899 a…

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Orland getting ready to welcome Pete’s Fresh Market next year

By Jeff Vorva Orland Park’s Board of Trustees made some decisions for Pete’s sake. During Monday night’s board meeting, the trustees passed modifications of building codes as well as approving special use permits to build a Pete’s Fresh Market at 15080 S. LaGrange Road, a spot that housed the Art Van Furniture Store. This project…

Palos Heights Community Service Officer Matthew Murray (from left), a volunteer from Critter Corral Guinea Pig Rescue, Cadet Matthew Kroll and Officer Dave Delaney hold the rescued guinea pigs. (Supplied photo)

Guinea pigs rescued from Palos Heights dumpster

From staff reports Palos Heights police rescued four guinea pigs last week from a dumpster behind 7500 College Drive. Police said someone saw the animals being thrown into the dumpster on July 28 and called authorities. Police Officer Dave Delaney, Cadet Matthew Kroll and Community Service Officer Matthew Murray, whose father is a veterinarian, jumped…

Michael Dalaly displays the authentic 1960s police car he and his friend and coworker Bill Duggan built from a 1963 Ford Galaxie. (Photos by Isabella Schreck)

First responders live it up at Orland’s National Night Out

By Isabella Schreck With a helicopter overhead, police cars and fire trucks to climb into, free giveaways, food, and music, Orland Park’s annual National Night Out looked like it had something for all ages. Residents agreed. “The free hots dogs, the helicopter flying and seeing all of the different vendors makes it a fun event…

Alderman Robert Basso said the police are hoping Palos Heights homeowners with security cameras will join the Palos Heights Police Department’s Surveillance Camera Registration and Mapping program, a.k.a. SCRAM. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Heights cops looking for help from citizens’ cameras

By Jeff Vorva Palos Heights police and the city council are asking residents to SCRAM. Alderman Robert Basso said the police are hoping Palos Heights homeowners with security cameras will join the Palos Heights Police Department’s Surveillance Camera Registration and Mapping program, a.k.a. SCRAM. “It’s an initiative that provides information from their home security camera…

Oak Lawn Police Chief Dan Vittorio, accompanied by Division Chief Gerald Vetter on his right, speaks to the media last Thursday afternoon at the Oak Lawn Village Hall. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn police defend use of force against teen

Federal lawsuit filed against police department, individual officers By Joe Boyle The 17-year-old who was arrested by Oak Lawn police last week after a brutal encounter with officers after he ran away from a traffic stop was released from the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center Tuesday afternoon. Hadi Abuatelah, of Palos Hills, left the detention…

The Clearing Branch Library recently saw an overflow crowd of women, men and children eager to see performances by students of the Boitsov Classical Ballet School, as well as professional dancers invited by Madame Elizabeth Boitsov. The Boitsov School is located at 6102 S. Archer. – Photo courtesy of Kim Hernandez

Yet another artistic triumph for the Boitsov School

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Have you ever been excited about seeing a great film, concert, stage performance or sporting event—so much so that you marked it in red ink on your calendar, months in advance—only to miss it? That’s what happened to me recently, when I…

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Initiative, with the assistance of the Oak Lawn Fire Department, presented a demonstration showing the impact sprinkler systems have in limiting damage and tragedy in fires that can occur in homes and businesses. The demonstration above did not feature a sprinkler system. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn residents enjoy National Night Out

By Joe Boyle A large crowd attended the Oak Lawn National Night Out Tuesday night, which did not surprise Police Chief Dan Vittorio. “We draw large crowds every year,” the Oak Lawn police chief said. “Last year, we had a lot of people, too. The year before that we did not have it because of…

The Palos Hills Police Department hosted its sixth annual National Night Out event on Tuesday at Town Square Park, 8455 W. 103rd Street. (Photos by Kelly White)

Palos Hills builds bonds between police, residents at National Night Out

By Kelly White Palos Hills officials are always looking for ways to form bonds between the city and the community. Doing just that, the city held its sixth annual National Night Out event on Tuesday at Town Square Park, 8455 W. 103rd Street. “The city of Palos Hills is again proud to sponsor our annual…

A cook prepares food at a past Taste of Orland Park. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Taste of Orland Park kicks off on Friday

From staff reports The Village of Orland Park’s annual Taste of Orland Park returns to Orland Park Village Center from Friday, August 5, through Sunday, August 7. Now in its 19th year, the Taste of Orland Park showcases Orland Park eateries, community organizations and several bands throughout the weekend. Special events within the fest include…

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