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Obituaries April 18, 2024

JAMES W. CZAJKOWSKI James W. Czajkowski formerly of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away April 4. He was the loving son of the late Walter and the late Irene (nee Gryska) Czajkowski; dearest brother of Robert J. Czajkowski and Linda (Michael) Brice; beloved uncle of Marlise Garcia, Jennifer Williams, Robert David Czajkowski, Kristin (Craig) Deming,…

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Obituaries April 11, 2024

SHARON AAGAARD Sharon Aagaard died peacefully March 18 after a prolonged illness and a life well lived. Sharon leaves behind her loving husband Kevin Aagaard, her beloved daughter Elizabeth (Liz) Vieth, her treasured granddaughter Lia Vieth, and many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews, and good friends. Sharon was born in the former St. Ann’s Hospital…

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Obituaries April 4, 2024

JAN BACHLEDA-KUBANSKI Jan Bachleda-Kubanski, age 90, passed away March 11. Beloved husband of Halina Pawlikowska and the late Helena Bachleda-Kubanska; loving father of Janina (Zbigniew) Galica, Halina (Jozef) Majerczyk, Jan (Anna) Bachleda-Kubanski and the late Andrzej Bachleda-Kubanski; father-in-law of Helena Garbacz; dear grandfather and great-grandfather of many; cherished son of the late Aniela (nee Bobak)…

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Obituaries March 28, 2024

HONORATA BIS Honorata Bis (nee Donicz), age 71, passed away peacefully with loving family by her side February 27. Beloved wife of Adam Bis; loving mother of Konrad Bis and Monika (Mariusz) Sarna; dear grandmother of Michael, Matthew, Amelia and Szymon; dearest daughter of the late Irena (nee Szaniawska) and the late Jan Donicz; dear…

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Obituaries March 21, 2024

JOAN CATHERINE BERTUCCI Joan Catherine Bertucci (nee Leech), age 85, passed away February 22. She was a loving mother to the late Madelin Fickett, Margaret (Paul) Dowda, Edward Fickett, David Fickett, and Angelina Bertucci; adoring grandmother to Melissa (Greg) Pytlak, to the late Michael (Kristi) Meloy, to Monique (Scott) Tyrrell, Maghann (Erik) McDaniel, Bradley Dowda,…

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Obituaries March 14, 2024

JOSEPHINE P. GRANAT Josephine P. Granat, age 82, passed away February 17. Cherished daughter of the late Bernice (nee Jasulaitis) and the late John Granat; beloved sister of the late James (Carol) Granat, the late John (Vivian) Granat, the late Johanna Granat, Joseph (Dolores) Granat, the late Jerome (Mary) Granat, the late Richard Granat, Steven…

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Obituaries March 7, 2024

DONALD “ANDY” ANDRASCO Donald C. “Andy” Andrasco, 96, of Chicago Ridge, passed away. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was the beloved husband of the late Edith (nee Lewis). Loving dad of Donna and the late David (Patty) Andrasco and Scotty Andrasco. Cherished grandfather of Colleen (Lamont Griffin), Jessica (Ryan Kocanda),…

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Obituaries February 29, 2024

ROSAURA GALLARDO Rosaura Gallardo, age 88, of Chicago, South Lawndale community, passed away unexpectedly February 8. She was the beloved wife for 63 years to the late Francisco Gallardo; loving daughter of the late Jose Elias Negron and the late Rosa Irizarry Negron; cherished mother of Guadalupe Gallardo, Gloria (Luis) Martinez, Francisco Jr. (Norma) Gallardo…

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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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Pols want 63rd St. armory for new police HQ

. Porfirio, Guerrero-Cuellar push plan in Springfield . By Tim Hadac Any plans the Chicago Department of Aviation may have had for the vacant Army National Guard Midway Armory, 5400 W. 63rd St., may be grounded, at least for now. Several elected officials are eyeing the parcel as the headquarters of a new police district,…

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Her back against the wall, Stacy needs help

. By Tim Hadac Editor Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound (708)-496-0265 . Clearing and Garfield Ridge have earned a reputation as a place where people look out for each other—and that sometimes means caring for each other in times of need. Today, I want to talk about one such person, who sure could use a boost…

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It’s (pizza) party time at OLS

. Third graders at Our Lady of the Snows School break into cheers as they learn they’ve won a pizza party for selling more raffle booklets than any other class. The recent Grand Raffle fundraiser brought in about $6,000. Parents looking for a grade school for their sons and daughters for 2024-25 are welcome to…

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Dart wants free mental health care for first responders

. From staff reports The Illinois Senate has passed legislation proposed by Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart that eliminates out-of-pocket expenses for first responders seeking mental health treatment. “We ask first responders to be constantly exposed to traumatic and dangerous situations to protect us,” Dart said. “This legislation is a solid step toward helping…

Members of the Green Team, Pat Stifter, Tara Rosenwinkeo, Gareth Blakesley, Lake Katherine's Director & Chief Naturalist; and Beth Enriquez welcome volunteers for Palos Heights' Clean Up Day on April 13. (Photos by Kelly White)

Volunteers give Palos Heights a spring cleaning

By Kelly White Palos Heights works hard to keep its city beautiful. Gathering residents together for a day of cleaning and fun was the Palos Heights Green Team with a Clean Up Day on April 13. “This event invited everyone in our community to do their part in combating pollution by having a fun morning…

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Hunt man who tried to rob Chase Bank

. FBI looking for tips from public .  From staff reports FBI officials are appealing to the public for help in finding a man who attempted to rob a Southwest Side bank branch. The bandit tried to rob the Chase Bank branch at 5687 S. Archer (just west of Laramie) at about 11 a.m. Wednesday,…

Congressman Sean Casten, speaking at a Town Hall meeting at Moraine Valley Community College.
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Casten lauds Biden for ‘clean energy’ move

. From staff reports A move designed to spur the responsible development of clean energy on America’s public lands was recently lauded by U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-6th). The congressman, co-chairman of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) Clean Energy Deployment Task Force, joined by co-chairman Mike Levin (D-Calif.), released a statement in…

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E-Notary makes things easier, Giannoulias says

. From staff reports Illinois residents will no longer have to notarize documents in person under a new Electronic-Notary system administered by Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias’ office. Electronic Notarization, or “E-Notary,” will radically change the way people and use notary services, Giannoulias predicted. Without leaving the home or office, an individual or business can…

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Oak Lawn honor Fire and Public Safety Contest winners

By Joe Boyle The Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the winners of the 2023 Fire and Public Safety Coloring Book Contest at the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on April 9. Fire Bureau Chief David Wheeler and Police Chief Daniel Vittoro were on hand to present the plaques, along with Oak Lawn Mayor…

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Rashid scolds TV news orgs on climate change

. From staff reports State Rep. Abdelnasser Rashid (D-21st) recently scolded major news organizations for what he called a lack of attention to climate change. “Last year was marked by alarming climate extremes, from record-breaking heat waves to devastating floods, droughts and wildfires,” Rashid wrote earlier this month in a letter to his political supporters.…