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Obituaries for Jan. 20, 2022

THERESA M. BALDWIN Theresa M. Baldwin (nee Boxlietner), age 76, passed away December 12, 2021. Beloved wife of Richard Baldwin; loving mother of Michael Kresch, Kenneth Kresch, Crystal Nelson and Denise Baldwin; dear grandmother of Samantha Peters, Dennis Nelson, Devorie Nelson, Korin Leeth, Kayla Nelson, Kaylee Nelson, Travis Spagnola, Kyle Kresch, Sydney Kresch, Jonathan Kresch,…

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Obituaries for Jan. 13, 2022

RICHARD LEE ANDORF Richard Lee Andorf, 75, of Brookfield. Beloved husband of Diane Andorf (nee Markus); fond father of Brigetta (Ronald) Harper; dear grandfather of Kailee and Tyler; brother of Diane (Thomas) Parsons, and Wendy (Byron) Blum; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Services and interment private. Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services,…

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Obituaries for Jan. 6, 2022

MacARTHUR ANTIGUA MacArthur Antigua, 79, of Palos Hills, passed away on December 25. He was the beloved husband of Flordevilla Galinato Antigua, loving father of MacArthur Antigua, and Lora Lee Banzali; Cherished grandfather of Meera Antigua, Leela Antigua, Livy Banzali, Faryn Banzali, Zayla Banzali; devoted son of the late Marcial, Sr. and Paciencia nee Ycong;…


Richard A. Dolejs, owner of Dolejs Realty and Property Management dies

Richard A. “Dick” Dolejs, 81, of Burr Ridge, passed away suddenly on December 17. Mr. Dolejs was a well-known Realtor-property manager. He was born January 10, 1929 in Chicago to Andrew M. Dolejs and Marie Jungvirt. He attended Farragut High School, Millikin University, Northwestern and John Marshall Law School. He served in the Army as…

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Obituaries for Dec. 30, 2021

TADEUSZ BUDZ Tadeusz Budz, 90, passed away December 1. Beloved husband of Ludwika (nee Turziak) Budz; loving father of Jan (Joanna) Budz, Kazimierz (Anna) Budz, Wladyslaw (Maria) Budz and Anna Budz (Andrzej Szaflarski); dear grandfather of Arthur (Monika) Budz, the late Natalia Budz, Ewelina Budz, Christian Bafia, Daniel Bafia, Kevin Budz, Erik Krzystyniak, Julianna Krzystyniak…

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Obituaries for Dec. 23, 2021

MARY L. HANNA Mary L. Hanna, 63, died at Loyola Medical Center on December 8, 2021. She was born May 8, 1958, in Ashtabula, Ohio, to the late Albert J. Hanna Jr. and Myrtle A. (Grubb) Hanna. She grew up in Ohio and spent the last 32 years in the Chicago area. Mary was a…

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Obituaries for Dec. 16, 2021

ANIELA BABICZ Aniela Babicz (nee Kocanda), 82, of Chicago’s Archer Heights community, passed away December 3. Beloved wife of the late Jan Babicz; loving mother of Maria (Wladyslaw) Dusza, Stanley (Krystyna) and Joseph Babicz; dear grandmother of Barbara (Marcin) Nowak, Cathy (Raddy) Velkov, Anna (Tomasz) Liszka, Michael, Christopher and Kevin Babicz; fond sister of the…

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Obituaries for Dec. 9, 2021

CELESTINO ANTONINI Celestino Antonini, age 83, passed away November 20. Loving father to his two sons Carlo (Selene) and Anthony (Michelle); dear brother to Antonio, Maria, Giovanni, Stefano, and Anita. Also survived by many relatives and friends. Visitation was held November 26 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was…

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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…

Mr. Carroll

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…

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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…

Rev. Edward Stockus

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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Orland Park Police Chief Joseph Mitchell had good news to report about crime in 2021 except for weapons arrests. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Many crimes down in Orland, but weapons arrests concerning

By Jeff Vorva Orland Park Police Chief Joseph Mitchell had mostly good news when revealing the village’s 2021 crime statistics. But one glaring area that has him bothered is the number of unlawful use of a weapon arrests that have been shooting up. Mitchell and Mayor Keith Pekau attribute it to felons from other towns…

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Former GOP allies to battle for county board race

Gorman wants to reclaim seat from Morrison By Bob Bong A battle royale is brewing in the race for the Republican nomination for Cook County Board’s 17th District. The 17th District is one of only two county board seats held by Republicans and it has only ever had a Republican commissioner dating back to Herb…

Mayor John Mahoney explains modifications to an ordinance regarding video gaming in Palos Park on Monday night. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park inches closer to gaming solution

By Jeff Vorva Signs are pointing to the fact there probably will be limited video gaming in Palos Park. Mayor John Mahoney and the village council rejiggered a few things with an ordinance and some of the village codes and the end result is that Monday they asked village attorneys to look into the changes…

Josh Barron has been named the new superintendent of District 218. (Photo supplied by District 218)

Barron ready to pitch in as new SD218 superintendent

By Jeff Vorva Tommy John surgery and an auto accident helped derail Josh Barron’s dreams of becoming a major league baseball player. So, he embarked on a different career path, teaching and coaching, and that evolved into his becoming a school administrator. He has worked his way up to the top spot as he was…


Tabares backs West Lawn Branch Library

Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares (left) recently toured the renovated West Lawn Branch Library, 4020 W. 63rd St.,, with new branch manager Mina Duarte. Details about the renovation’s may be found in the West Lawn column in the January 28 Greater Southwest News-Herald. –Supplied photo


Chuy backs Starbucks unionization

U.S. Rep Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th), white mask, recently stood with those who support unionization of Starbucks workers, outside a shop in the city. Workers are attempting to organize under the banner of Chicago and Midwest Joint Board, Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. –Supplied photo

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Palos Township tax appeal workshop on January 26

For 68 years the Palos Area Chamber of Commerce has remained actively involved in the everyday life of the Palos area, residents and business community. (Supplied photo)

Palos Area Chamber dedicated to promoting area

By Kelly White Dedicated to helping local area businesses strive is the Palos Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber was formed in 1949 when a small group of merchants joined together for the purpose of advancing economic, industrial, professional, cultural, and civic welfare of the Palos Heights area. For 68 years, the Palos Area Chamber…

Palos Park police will hold an active shooter training session on January 30. (Supplied photo)

Palos Park police to hold active shooter drill

From staff reports Palos Park Police will fine tune their strategies for dealing with an active shooter to ensure the safety of both officers and citizens later this month. The end goal of the January 30 drlll is to test the department’s active shooter response plans and fine tune them. “Palos Park effective preventive measures…

Richards High School Principal Dr. Mike Jacobson and several staff members at the high school, 10601 Central Ave., Oak Lawn, walked for 24 hours on a treadmill to raise money for student scholarships starting bright and early on New Year's Day. (Supplied photos)

Richards’ Principal walks 24 hours for a cause

By Kelly White Most people spend New Year’s Day relaxing. Richards High School Principal Dr. Mike Jacobson spent it on the treadmill. For the second year in a row, Jacobson inspired generous donations of more than $20,000 on New Year’s Day by walking 24 hours on a treadmill without stopping. All of the money raised goes directly to benefit…

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