Miscellaneous Cook County, Illinois Obituaries - 2001


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Past Member of St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society
Eleanor M. McDonnell (nee Lama), 87, passed away on Feb. 27 at Holy Family Medical Center is Des Plaines.
Mrs. McDonnell is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, the late Lawrence J. McDonnell. She is survived by her children: Lawrence J. McDonnell off Cooksville, WI; Dennis J (Kathleen) McDonnell of River Forest; James E. McDonnell of Des Plaines; and Patricia A. (David) Field of Forteville, IN. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren (Laura, LIsa, David, Beth Ann, Phillips, Stephen, Scott, Jay, Daniel and Dennis) and 4 great grandchildren.
Born on Nov. 8, 1913 in Chicago, Mrs. McDonnell lived in Des Plaines since 1952. She was a homemaker and a past part-time employee of the Browns' Dept. Store in Des Plaines. She also was a volunteer at Holy Family Medical Center and a past member of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Mary Church.
Visitation will be held at Oehler Funeral Home, 555 Lee St., Des Plaines, from 9-10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 2. Services will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Church. Burial will be at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.

Korean Army Veteran
Richard C. Keller, 69, died Feb. 22 in Des Plaines. He was born April 21, 1931 in Chicago.
A resident of Des Plaines for 43 years, Mr. Keller worked as a potter for George Keller Pottery Company in Chicago for 38 years. He was also a Korean Army veteran.
Richard is survived by his sons, Herb Turner, LeRoy (Dorothy) Callanan and Tony Sanfilippo; daughters, Belinda Lee (Mark) Schellenberger and Edie Ann Sanfilippo (David Schutt); brother, John (Bobbi) Keller; sisters, Rosemary Paladino and Betty (Richard) Seggling; and grandchildren, Richard T., San Michael, and Juanetta Marie. he was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Juanetta P. (nee Pohl); brother, William Keller; and sister, Elaine Bahr.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 24, at Oehler Funeral Home in Des Plaines. Burial was private. Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 23, in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Volunteer for 20 years
Funeral services for Rita G. Kelly (nee Sikorski), 84, will be held on Thursday, Mar. 1, at 11:30 a.m. in St. Emily Church in Mt. Prospect.
Mrs. Kelly died Sunday, Feb. 25 in the Harvard Care Center, Harvard, IL. She was born Sept. 21, 1916 in Chicago.
A resident of Des Plaines for 55 years, Rita volunteered her time at St. Joseph Home in Palatine for over 20 years.
Mrs. Kelly is survived by her sons, William (Marla) and James (Cris) Kelly; sisters, Lorraine Skarren, Helen Tomski, Rosemary (Don) Spreitzer, and Joan (Fred) Muehlfelder; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Francis E. Kelly; and sister, Bernedette.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Oehler Funeral Home, 555 Lee St., Des Plaines. Burial will be in St Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Palatine.

Born in Yugoslavia
Funeral services were held for Katarina Pancic (nee Potz), 98, on Monday, Feb. 26, at St. Stephen Church in Des Plaines.
Mrs. Pancic died Feb. 22 in Lee Manor Nursing Home. She was born May 6, 1902 in Yugoslavia.
Katarina was a resident of Des Plaines.
She is survived by her husband, Victor; son, Drago (Herta) Pancic; daughters, Eva (late Joseph) Muschkat and Zdenka (Erwin) Siebenhanoel; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Burial was private. Visitation was held Sunday, Feb. 25, at Oehler Funeral Home, Des Plaines.

Des Plaines Homemaker
A funeral mass for Irene Gasior, 83, a Des Plaines homemaker, was held Saturday, Feb. 24, at St. Raymond Catholic Church in Mt. Prospect.
A native of Chicago, Mrs. Gasior passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Holy Family Medical Center.
Survivors include her daughter Dorothy Lance; son Donald Gasior; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mt. Prospect Resident
Barbara Minske (nee Heche), 43, died Feb. 14 in Hospice of the North Shore, Skokie. She was born Aug. 21, 1957 in Chicago.
A resident of Mt. Prospect, Mrs. Minske formerly resided in Skokie and was a graduate of Niles East High School in Skokie.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Todd; sisters, Melody (Saul) Vydas and Paulette Frank; and brother, Bill (Kim) Heche. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Carolyn Heche.
Memorial services and burial will be privately held at a latter date. Arrangements were handled by Haben Funeral Home, Skokie.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 2821 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201 or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, Utah, 84741.

Mt. Prospect Teenager
A funeral mass for Bradley Silchuck, 13, of Mt. Prospect was said Friday, Feb. 23, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church.
Bradley, an honor student at Lincoln Jr. High School in Mt. Prospect, died Sunday, Feb. 18 in his home.
Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was five years old, Bradley became an ambassador for the Chicago region's Muscular Dystrophy Association. As ambassador, he attended events that helped raise money toward finding a cure for muscular diseases. Over the past few years he also appeared on the local broadcast of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
Bradley was also a member of Mt. Prospect's Boy Scout Troop 23, and he played baseball for the Mt. Prospect Stallions.
Survivors include his parents, Matthew and Gail; brother Christopher; and grandparents Shirley Puralewski and Irvin and Rita Silchuck.

Park Ridge Resident
Rosemary G. Fee, 70, passed away on Feb. 14 in her Park Ridge home after an extended illness.
She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Fee.
Funeral services and burial were held privately. Arrangements were handled by Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, Park Ridge.

Born in Yugoslavia
Josef Kainer, 84, died Feb. 20 in Manor Care Center in Northbrook. Mr. Kainer was born in Yugoslavia.
He is survived by his children, Eva (Mike) Losacco and Joe (Lynn) Kainer; grandchildren, Christopher, Cara, Mary Eva and Joseph Losacco, Matthew, Elizabeth, Eva, Erica, Emily and Jocelyn Kainer; sister, Theresa Fernbach; and four nieces and nephews.
Funeral mass was celebrated Friday, Feb. 23 at St. Paul of the Cross Church. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation was held Feb. 22 at the Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, Park Ridge.

Born in Greece
Rose Somalia, 95, died Feb. 22, in St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. She was born in Greece.
Mrs. Somalia is survived by her daughter, Evelyn Bournias of Park Ridge; grandchildren, Margaret (Michael) Francis of Park Ridge, Thomas M.D. (Olympia) Bournias and Lily (fiancÈ-Christopher Roper) Bournias; great-grandchildren, Lisa Francis and Evalina Bournias; and sister, DesPina Nicholas.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, Park Ridge. Visitation was held prior to services. Burial took place on Monday, Feb. 26, in Pottsville, PA.

Retired Teacher from Lincoln Jr. High
A Service of Remembrance for Paul M. Bolman, 68, of Des Plaines will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., at First Congregational Church of Des Plaines, 766 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines. Bolman passed away at home in his sleep.
Born on Oct. 22, 1932 in Du Quoin, to the Rev. Dr. Paul M. Bolman, Sr. and Marjorie (nee Peterson) Bolman, he grew up in Champaign and later moved with his family to Oak Park. He graduated from Oak Park/River Forest High School and attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he majored in music education with a minor in English. Bolman graduated from Drake University in 1954 and married Denise Zimmerman, also a Drake music education graduate, on the same day.
Bolman enlisted in the Navy that same year. He played flute with the Navy band during the term of his service and was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Waukegan. While there, he and his colleagues performed on the Ed Sullivan show when armed services entertainers were invited to perform.
After his tour of duty, he became a sixth grade elementary school teacher for two years in Waukegan. In 1960, he became band director at Lincoln Junior High School in Park Ridge. During the 25 years he taught there he made the transition into teaching English and became head of the English Department. He was the President of the Park Ridge Education Association. He also spent several summer's earning his Master's degree from Northwestern University in Music Education in 1962. This is where he met John Paynter, who was the director of bands at Northwestern. Paynter recruited Bolman to play with the Northshore Concert Band, where he was section leader of the flutes for 37 years.
Bolman taught in summer music camps at various locations, including the University of Illinois. He judged solo and ensemble contests and taught private lessons. He and his wife often performed together at First Congregational Church of Des Plaines on various occasions.
He is survived by his wife, Denise; children, Cathy Legare, Caron (Scott) Gibbert, Scott (Beth) Bolman, Sue (George) Devereux; grandchildren Nicole and Ryan Legare, Wes and Samantha Gibbert, Derek, Matthew, Allison and Chad Bolman, Mary and Paul Devereux; stepmother Millie Bolman, aunt Elly Peterson, sister Beverly (Charles) Hunt, niece Kim (Bob) McKeighan, Charles (Kristi) Hunt and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Marjorie.
Memorials may be made to the Northshore Concert Band, 422 Oakwood Dr., Barrington, IL 60010; or to the First Congregational Church of Des Plaines Music Fund, 766 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60016.
Funeral arrangements were made by Oehler Funeral Home, in Des Plaines.

Former Post Commander, American Legion Post #36
Casimir M. Jakiel, 77, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2001. A resident of Crystal Lake, Mr. Jakiel formerly lived in Des Plaines. He is survived by his wife, Janette Jakiel of Crystal Lake, sons James, Thomas (Heide), late Dennis; daughter Mary (Craig) Morris; brother John (Alice), late Stanley; Irene (late Larry) Palumbo; Grandchildren Tammy (Dan), Deena (Mark), Dennis, Jr., Jason, Scott and Amy. He was the uncle of many.
Born on Sept. 24, 1923, he was a member of the American Legion Post #171, Crystal Lake and a Former Post Commander Of American Legion Post #36, Des Plaines. Mr. Jakiel was a veteran who served in the Army. He was a past partner of Accurate Plumbing & Industries of Chicago.
Visitation was at Skaja Terrace Funeral Home on Tuesday Feb. 13, 2001 between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Services were at Skaja Funeral on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001 at 9:15 a.m. Burial was at St. Adelbert Cemetery in Niles.

Funeral services were held for Lena Cummings (nee Farina) Feb. 24 at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Niles.
Mrs. Cummings, 84, was a beautician. She passed away Feb. 20 in her Des Plaines home at the age of 84.
Mrs. Cummings was the wife of the late Matthew Cummings and the late Thomas Chiovino.
She is survived by her children Rosemary (Larry) Michalski, Frances Palella, Thomas Chiovino, Carol Chiovino and Michael Cummings, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Cummings is also survived by two sisters, Anna Cortes and Mary Verdi and a brother, Michael Farino. She was the cherished aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Interment under the direction of the Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home of Niles was at St. Joseph Cemetery Feb. 24.

Of Mt. Prospect
Catherine A. Rover (nee Megay), 81, passed away on Feb. 27, 2001 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.
Mrs. Rover is preceded in death by her husband, the late Howard W. Rover. She is survived by a son, John Rover, or Mount Prospect; a brother, John Megay of Palm Springs, CA; a sister, Marguerite (Joseph) Terze, of Jackson, MI; and many nieces and nephews.
Born on Dec. 12, 1919, in Jackson, MI, Mrs. Rover was the owner of Systems Forms Inc. in Mount Prospect for 26 years and was a consultant for Infinity Design Group, Ltd. in Arlington Heights.
Visitation was on Friday March 2, 2001 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Oehler Funeral Home, 555 Lee St., Des Plaines. Burial was at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.
In lieu of flowers, masses would be appreciated.

Funeral services for James M. Kauffman, 53, will be held on Saturday, Mar. 10, at 12:30 p.m. in St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 260 N. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge.
Mr. Kauffman died Feb. 21 in Weiss Memorial Hospital. He was born Mar. 29, 1947 in Chicago.
A resident of Niles, James was the manager at Peacock Gas.
James is survived by his mother, Veda Kauffman; sister, Mary (Tom) Geocaris; and brothers, Ronald (Joanne) and Roy (Lisa) Kauffman. He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie.
Burial will be private. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Mar. 10, at 11:00 a.m. in the church prior to the service.
Arrangements were made by Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, Niles.

Park Ridge Resident
A trisagian wake funeral service for Hrisula Papanikolau of Park Ridge was held Feb. 27 in the Nelson Funeral Home, Park Ridge. Another service was held for family and friends at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines on Feb. 28.
Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.
A former volunteer for seven years at Lutheran General Hospital, she died Feb. 4 in the hospital.
Surviving are a son,. Dean; grandson Peter; sister Dimetri (Helene) Giolma; and many cousins and relatives in Greece.
Memorials are requested to the Greek American Nursing Home, 5758 N. California, Chicago, IL 60659.

Born in Poland
Stanislaw Pudlo, 60, died Feb. 21 in Lutheran General Hospital. He was born Aug. 23, 1940 in Poland.
Mr. Pudlo was a resident of Niles and worked as a machine operator. He is survived by his wife, Zofia Pudlo of Niles.
Funeral service was held Feb. 24 in Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, Niles. Burial was in Maryhill Cemetery. Visitation was held Feb. 23 in the funeral home.

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