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Obituaries for Nov. 18

WANDA BEDNARZ Wanda Bednarz (nee Kwietniewski), age 99, formerly of the Garfield Ridge community, passed away November 5. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Bednarz; loving mother of Denise Feret and Alan (Linda Oostema) Bednarz; dear grandmother of Keith, Kara (Dustin) and the late Kevin (Kim); great grandmother of Kyle. Loved all…

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Obituary: Daniel Carroll, award-winning wrestling coach

From staff reports Daniel E. Carroll was a teacher and wrestling coach at St. Rita High School. In 2003, he was named Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Coach of the Year. A resident of Oak Lawn, he died Nov. 3. He was 61 years old. Born in Chicago, he attended Downers Grove North and…

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Obituaries for Nov. 11

J JESES CRUZ CORTES J Jeses Cruz Cortes, age 60, passed away October 29. Will be forever missed by beloved family and friends. Visitation and arrangements were held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL, Jonathan F Siedlecki, Owner/Director. Cremation Private. To leave any tributes please visit Funeral Home Website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com…

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Obituary: Janet Barham, assistant principal at St. Laurence High School

From staff reports For a quarter century, Janet Barham taught and served as assistant principal at St. Laurence High School. Mrs. Barham (nee Butler), a Tinley Park resident, died Oct. 26 at age 78. She loved mathematics–especially geometry–and kept her mind sharp with brain teasers, sudoku and competitive battles of Tenzi, Spot-It and Uno with loved…

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Obituaries for Nov. 4

DAVID ABREGO David Abrego, 33, passed away October 24. Loving son of Pedro Abrego and the late Gloria Abrego (nee Nava); dear brother of Evelyn Abrego (Jose Franco); uncle to Erick, Joselyn and Anthony Franco; he leaves behind many cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer…

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Obituaries for Oct. 28

MARY THERESA BARNAT Mary Theresa Barnat (nee Szczepaniak), age 93, of Lemont, formerly Summit, passed away peacefully October 15. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanley Barnat and the loving mother of Joan (Dean) DiMitri, James (Janet) Barnat, Maria Cozzo and the late Martin (Laura) Barnat; dear grandmother of Justin (Kelly), Jennifer (Jake),…

Marie Vachata was the second woman to serve as mayor of Lyons. Her term was 2001 to 2005. (Supplied photo)

Marie Vachata gets a fond farewell from Lyons

By Steve Metsch Pat Wideman will never forget the first time she met Marie Vachata. “When I first moved to Lyons 50 years ago, she was the very first neighbor who welcomed me to Lyons,” Wideman said while sitting on a bench outside the village hall. Vachata resided two doors down on 46th Street when…

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Rev. Edward Stockus dies, pastor emeritus at St. Hugh Parish, served Oak Lawn parishes

Rev. Edward S. Stockus, pastor emeritus of St. Hugh Parish in Lyons, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9. He was 90 years old. Fr. Stockus was born on Jan. 21, 1931, in Chicago. He attended St. Rita High School, the University of Illinois, University of Dayton, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Loyola University and pursued…

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Obituaries for Oct. 21

PATRICIA JAMIE “PJ” COTTER Patricia Jamie “PJ” Cotter, 73, of Willow Springs, passed away September 29. Beloved daughter of the late Robert and Georgia (née Svarkonis) Cotter; loving sister of Michael (Karen) and the late James. Fond cousin to many and loving, caring and generous friend to many more. Visitation was held October 8 at…

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Obituaries for Oct. 14

JOSEPH C. BYRNE   Joseph C. Byrne, age 86, of Brookfield, formerly of Omaha, NE, passed away October 1. Beloved husband of Eleanor Byrne (nee Engle); loving father of Carey (Ernest Newmann) Byrne and the late Eric Byrne; grandfather of Andrew Newmann and Sarah Newmann; brother of the late Jack Byrne; uncle of Daniel,…

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Obituaries for Oct. 7

LINDA L. CHRISTENSEN Linda L. Christensen, age 73, passed away September 26, at RML Hospital in Hinsdale. Beloved wife of John Korda; loving mother of Josh (Alicia) Yeager and Maggie Yeager; cherished grandmother of Breslin and Huxley Yeager; dear sister of Cynthia Vogal. Linda was the Vice President of Chicagoland Town Roofing in Cicero, IL.…

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Obituaries for September 30, 2021

STANLEY J. BONCZYK Stanley J. Bonczyk, age 96, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community; passed away September 19 surrounded by his loving family. WWII Veteran Ex-POW Army. Beloved husband of Theresa (nee Symanski); dear father of Susan Johnson, Nancy (Dan) Coyne, Mary (Brian) Gordon, and Jim (Sandie) Bonczyk; proud grandfather of Peter and Kathryn Johnson, Bradley (Jessica)…

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Elsie A. Hafner Pichman

Elsie A. Hafner Pichman, 98, passed away of natural causes peacefully on August 10, 2021. She is now together again with her beloved husband of 72 years, Larry Pichman who preceded her in death. Elsie was born to Valentine and Amalia Hafner. Elsie was a loving and devoted mother of Valarie Bryant, Ginger Peterman, Vicki…

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Obituaries for September 23, 2021

KIP LEON ANDERSON Kip Leon Anderson, 53, of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community, passed away September 16. Beloved husband of Christine (nee Belair); loving and devoted father of Emily and Stella; cherished son of James and Marjorie (nee Buesking) Anderson and dear son-in-law of Elaine (the late Richard Sr.) Belair; fond brother of Scott (Jenny) Anderson,…

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Obituaries for September 16, 2021

JODY S. BRYANT Jody S. Bryant, 50, passed away September 6. Will be forever missed by family and friends. Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home Ltd., 4901 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Funeral mass was held at St Richard Catholic Church, 5032 S. Kostner Ave., Chicago. Final resting place is Resurrection Cemetery. JOHN CHIKEROTIS John…

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Obituaries for September 9, 2021

JOAQUIN ALMAGUER Joaquin Almaguer, 86, of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community, passed away August 25. Beloved husband of 56 years to Irma (nee Teniente); loving father of Irma (Domingo) Martinez, Jackie Almaguer, Alma Almaguer-Luna, Elsa Almaguer, Gracie (Jose) Garza and Jack Almaguer; proud grandfather of Andrea, Michael, Adam, Irma, Mauricio, Mia and Isabella; great grandfather of…

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Obituaries for September 2, 2021

MADELINE H. CABANSKI Madeline H. Cabanski (nee Trochowski), 77, of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community, passed away August 22, with her loving husband and children at her side. She was married to her devoted husband, Dennis for 55 years. Cherished mother of Michael (Jodie) Cabanski and Michelle (Mark) Suchinski; devoted and proud grandmother of Cory Cabanski…

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“It’s a Wonderful Life” bars come to Joe’s Saloon in Brookfield

By Steve Metsch Don’t be surprised if you see Clarence the Angel, George Bailey or Mister Potter at Joe’s Saloon in Brookfield on Dec. 3 and 4. People dressed like those and other characters from the holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” will likely be there tipping back a few flaming rum punches. For the…

Dan Polk said there is a perception that his village is not business friendly. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park looks to improve its image in the business world

By Jeff Vorva Whether the Village of Palos Park allows gaming machines in town or not, it has a problem it wants to address. The village needs to improve its image to the business community. “I think that Palos Park traditionally, for want of a better term, has not particularly been business-friendly,” Commissioner Dan Polk…

Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty presents an artist’s drawing to Fire Chief Gordon Nord, Jr. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Lyons dedicates memorial to firefighters on 125th anniversary

By Steve Metsch The more than 500 men and women – many of them volunteers – who have worked for the Lyons Fire Department over the past 125 years will not be forgotten. A red-brick memorial topped with a firefighter’s helmet and sitting outside the fire station, 4043 Joliet Ave., was dedicated on Nov. 28.…

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Parade adds fun to Orland Park holiday festival

By Jeff Vorva Every year, the Village of Orland Park tries to make its holiday celebration bigger and better. This year, officials took on the ambitious project of hosting a parade and more than 30 units stepped off on 151st Street and marched along Ravinia Avenue until they reached Village Hall, the site of various…

As always, the Man in Red is the star of the show at the annual Christmas tree lighting at Wentworth Park, much to the delight of children of all ages. --File photo

Christmas calendar fills up quickly

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Last week, I wrote about two fun Yuletide events sponsored by our friends at the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce: Snack With Santa and the first-ever Archer Avenue Cookie Walk. This week, I’ll write about a few more wonderful things happening right…

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A quarter century of crime prevention

Celebrating a quarter century of crime prevention in Police Beat 812 (Clearing, west of Central Avenue), 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares (second from left) presents a City Council resolution to leading members of the Clearing Night Force, at a recent CAPS meeting. Pictured with the alderman are (from left) key CNF members John Kurtovitch, Marie…

A moment after ground was broken and tossed, smiles broke out among dignitaries celebrating PODER’s coming renovation. A computer-generated video offering a glimpse of what the new facility will look like is posted at southwestregionalpublishing.com. --Photo courtesy of Jorge Garza Norrick/JorgeTookYourPicture.com

New life for old city building

New PODER HQ to serve immigrants By Tim Hadac Ceremonial ground was broken on the west end of Gage Park last week to mark the coming renovation of a 94-year-old City of Chicago building and creation what is billed as Chicago’s first immigrant integration and job center. A lineup of political and business muscle…

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Sanad feeds the hungry in Chicago Lawn

More than a thousand served By Kathy Headley Have faith. Keep going. It will all work out. That was the advice Fatima Abu Eid, director of Sanad Social Services, gave to her daughter Aber, who runs the Sanad Food Pantry, upon being notified that the Greater Chicago Food Depository would indeed be giving them hundreds…

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Robbery crew hits Back of the Yards

From staff reports A cluster of robberies in Back of the Yards has promoted police to issue a community alert. Police said the bandits “approach the victims in or near the alley and demand property. Offenders then would flee in dark colored SUV or a red vehicle.” Crime scenes include: 1700 block of West 49th…

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