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Obituaries February 2, 2023

GENARO ANDRADE Genaro Andrade, 71, passed away January 2. Arrangements and visitation were held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Funeral Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church, Chicago. Final resting place St Mary’s Cemetery, Evergreen Park. To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com. MYRNA J. BELFIORE Myrna…

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Obituaries January 26, 2022

THOMAS A. BEEMSTERBOER Thomas A. Beemsterboer, age 71, passed away January 1. Beloved husband of Judith A. Beemsterboer (nee Kuklovsky); loving father of Timothy J. (Erwan LeMoing), Michael D. and Stephen M; devoted brother of Mary Adduci, the late Paul (Alice) Beemsterboer and the late Agnes (the late Thomas) Cooke. Uncle to many nieces and…

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Obituaries January 19, 2022

RICHARD B. BARAJAZ Richard B. Barajaz, age 75, of La Grange Park, passed away January 2. Army Veteran. Beloved husband of Lorelei Barajaz (nee Renn), for more than 53 years; loving father of Rick (Dina) Barajaz and Andrea (Brian) Gorski; grandfather of John, Brian, Zoe, and Alexandra; son of Gabino and the late Theresa Barajaz;…

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Obituaries January 12, 2022

RICHARD BENEDICT BLAKE Richard Benedict Blake, age 75, of North Riverside formerly of Brookfield, passed away December 20. Navy Veteran. Beloved son of the late Richard Francis Blake and Helen Rose Blake (nee Bombeck); loving brother of Terence (Christine) Blake; uncle of William (Emily) Blake, Jacqueline Blake and Rebecca Blake. Visitation was held January 5…

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Obituaries January 5, 2022

DOROTHY BUCHER Dorothy Bucher 101, of Palos Hills, passed away on December 27. She was the devoted daughter of the late Frank and Louise nee Koch Bucher; loving sister Loretta (the late Ernest) Gregory, and the late Lawrence (the late Lottie) Bucher and Louise Bucher; cherished aunt of six; great-aunt of four. Family and friends…

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Obituaries December 29, 2022

FREDERICK PRICE BOULAIS Frederick Price Boulais, 97, formerly of Orland Park, passed away December 7. He was the husband of the late Phyllis M. Boulais and Leokadya Connelly Boulais; father of Frederick J. “Rick” (Carole) Boulais, Gail (Ray) Ekberg, and the late Kevin (Virginia) Boulais; grandfather of Paige (Adam) Jedrzejak, Brooke Boulais, Alannah Eckberg, Neve Eckberg, Phillip (Shannon) Boulais, Barbara…

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Obituaries December 22, 2022

FRANK BRZECZEK Frank Brzeczek, 97, has passed away. He was the beloved husband of the late Cornelia nee Onderwater; loving father of Cornelia (the late Thomas J.) Dobbin, late Judith (Robert) Gale, Jacqueline (Kurt) Peterson, the late Frank Jr. (Mary), Thomas (Tina), Timothy (Rebecca), and Ronald (Janeen) Brzeczek; Grandfather of 19; Great Grandfather of 16;…

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Obituaries December 15, 2022

DOROTHY BALCITIS Dorothy Balcitis (nee Krug), age 94, passed away October 26. Adored wife of the late Raymond L. Balcitis (Ret. Captain CPD); loving devoted mother to Rae (Richard) Lapinski (both Ret. CPD), the late Charles (Ret. CPD) (Sandra Bond), Sharon (Ret. CPD) and the late Jeffrey (Patricia) (both Ret. CPD); cherished grandmother to Bryan…

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‘A good soul, a man for others’

From staff reports The Rev. Robert J. Roll, who once served as pastor at Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, as well as St. Maurice Parish, both in McKinley Park, died on Nov. 21. He was 71 years old. Father Roll was born on Jan. 14, 1951, in Chicago. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Niles College…

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Obituaries December 8, 2022

MAGDALENA ARTEAGA Magdalena Arteaga (nee Valerio), 64, of Chicago, passed away November 23. Beloved wife of Gerardo “Jerry” Arteaga; loving mother of Jacqueline (Juan) Guerrero, Jesus (Karen) Arteaga and Magaly Arteaga; dearest grandmother of Vincent Arteaga, Victoria G. Guerrero, Maritza N. and Gracie M. Arteaga; devoted daughter of Magdalena (nee Hernandez) and the late Salvador Valerio; dear…

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Obituaries December 1, 2022

CAROL ANN ANDERSON Carol Ann Anderson (nee Janota), age 76, passed away October 15. Beloved wife of the late John Anderson; cherished daughter of the late Frances (nee Blitek) and the late Julian Janota; loving sister of Julian (Sandi) Janota, Francine (the late Sam, Sr) Covey, Maureen (Tom) Stewart and the late Frank Janota; dear…

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Obituaries November 24, 2022

JOANN M. BACHELDER Joann M. Bachelder (nee Bandiga), 88, of Palos Hills, passed away peacefully on November 16 surrounded by her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late George James Bachelder III; loving mother of Mary Kay (David) Loyd, Carol (Patrick) Carmody, George James Bachelder IV., Joseph James Bachelder,…

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Richard H. Lentfer, founder of Rich Real Estate dies

RICHARD H. LENTFER Richard H. Lentfer, 86, of Orland Park, passed away November 7. He was the beloved husband of Georjean (nee VanderWagen) for 41 years. Loving father of Sheryl (Tom) Rotunno, Susan (Craig) Sipich, Elizabeth (Nick) Osborne, and treasured step-father of Melissa (Robert) Taussig. Cherished grandpa of Nick (Evan) Rotunno, Jacqueline (Nick) Storm, Erica…

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Obituaries November 17, 2022

ANNE BORIK Anne Borik (nee Labno), 94, of Plainfield, formerly of Bridgeview Gardens, passed away peacefully November 4. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Borik; loving mother of Cynthia (Michael) Rago; dear grandmother of Jennifer (Robert) Mase, Michelle (Dominic) Gallaga and Anthony Rago; proud great grandmother of Vincent Mase, Nicholas Mase and…

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Obituaries November 10, 2022

GUADALUPE AVILA Guadalupe Avila, age 90, passed away October 7. Beloved husband of the late Alicia (nee Vasquez) Avila; loving father of Dolores Yracheta; dear grandfather of Timothy Yracheta III and Nicholas (Alexis) Yracheta; dearest great-grandfather of Calix, Jaxon, Nixon and Zayn; fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. Also survived by relatives and friends.…

Mr. Techman

‘Consistent, unwavering dedication to the community’

GRCL President Richard Techman’s life to be celebrated From staff reports Richard J. Techman was a lifelong Garfield Ridge resident and longtime president of the Garfield Ridge Civic League. He died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Saturday, Oct. 15. He was 65 years old. “As a news reporter, I had contact with Rick going…

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Obituaries November 3, 2022

TERESA R AGUILAR Teresa R Aguilar, age 76, passed away October 10. Will be forever missed by her loving family and friends. Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S Archer Ave, Chicago. Jonathan F Siedlecki, Owner/Director. Funeral Mass was held at St Clare Montefalco Parish, Chicago. Final resting place is St Casimir Cemetery, Chicago. To…

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Promoter Katie Goggin discusses the Countryside Summer Concert series. She has to book acts well in advance. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Countryside plans summer concert series, bluegrass festival

By Steve Metsch It might be winter, but it’s never too soon to talk about summertime music. Such was the case Jan. 11 when the Countryside City Council’s Special Events Committee heard from promoter Katie Goggin regarding the city’s annual Summer Concert Series. The committee also heard about the second annual Bluegrass and Brews Festival from Sharon…

Newly elected Judge Nick Kantas gives the oath of office to Senator Mike Porfirio. (Supplied photos)

Porfirio resigns township post to take Senate seat

By Steve Metsch Mike Porfirio is now a state senator and the Township of Lyons Board of Trustees has a vacancy. Porfirio submitted his resignation as a trustee, which was accepted by the board at its Jan. 10 meeting. Porfirio was elected to the Illinois Senate in November, and was sworn in as a state…

Deputy Police Chief David DeLeshe (left) and McCook Mayor Terrance Carr said the new drone will help investigate crimes. It can also be used to find hot spots in fires. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Drone takes McCook crime fighting to new level

By Steve Metsch The McCook Police Department has a new weapon to fight crime. A new drone equipped with an infrared camera and the ability to zoom in 200 times was at the village’s latest board meeting on Jan. 17. The village used part of a $50,000 grant from the Secretary of State’s office to…

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Super Hero fun at Our Lady of the Snows

Catholic Schools Week was plenty of fun this year at Our Lady of the Snows School, as students were encouraged to dress as a super hero. Parents interested in checking out the school, 4810 S. Leamington, for 2023-24 are encouraged to call (773) 735-4810. – Supplied photo

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Tri-State lane closures start Monday as area ramps prepare to reopen

Overnight lane closures are scheduled next week to shift traffic on Interstate 55 and on the northbound Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294) between Willow Springs Road and Plainfield Road and reopen the ramp connecting northbound I-294 to southbound I-55 and Wolf Road. On Monday, February 6, beginning at 9 p.m. and continuing until 5 a.m. on…

Newly installed Orland Park Area Chamber president Ramzi Hassan addresses members during last week’s installation dinner. (Photos by Steve Neuhaus)

Comings & Goings: Orland Area Chamber installs new officers

Ramzi Hassan of Edwards Realty Company was installed last week as president of the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce. The 2023 board of directors was also installed and annual membership awards were handed out during ceremonies last Thursday at the Crystal Tree Country Club. Installation duties were performed by Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau.…

Oak Lawn resident Clayton J. Beck III displays his work of art accompanied by the model at the first unofficial event for the Acorn to Oak Studios at the Pilgrim Faith Church campus. Beck will be on hand to moderate the first official session to be held Sunday at the church. (Supplied photo)

Oak Lawn studio wants to be haven for artists

By Joe Boyle An acorn may be the symbol that inspires the Oak Lawn community to unleash its artistic talents. The first official session of the Acorn to Oak Studios will be presented from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, in the north wing of the Pilgrim Faith Church campus, 9411 S. 51st Avenue,…

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EPCHS names Matthew Dugan next principal

From staff reports Evergreen Park Community High School has hired Matthew Dugan as its next principal. Dugan’s appointment was made official during the January 24 meeting of the Evergreen Park Community High School Board of Education. Dugan will become principal on July 1, upon the retirement of current Principal Bill Sanderson. “I am thrilled and…

Willow Springs resident Jim Distasio was the first speaker to criticize the proposed land sale for use as an industrial park. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Lyons Township school board rejects sale of 70-acre parcel in Willow Springs

By Steve Metsch The sale of 70 acres in Willow Springs to a developer who wants to build an industrial park has been rejected by the Lyons Township High School District 204 board, but the door remains wide open to a sale. The board voted unanimously Jan. 23 to reject bids of $46.5 million from…

Children enjoying themselves at Flying High in Countryside on January 14. (Supplied photo)

Venezuelan asylum seeking families enjoy a night out at Flying High in Countryside

By Carol McGowan Twenty-three adults and 30 children of Venezuelan families seeking asylum enjoyed a fun night out on January 14 courtesy of Flying High in Countryside. The event was a collaboration between St. Cletus Church in LaGrange, and Flying High, at 5400 East Avenue in Countryside. Flying High opened their gym doors over 30…

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