Miscellaneous Cook County, Illinois Obituaries - 2001

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MICHAEL J. LA FORTE
Housewares Exec
A funeral mass for Michael J. La Forte, a Park Ridgean who designed bomb fuses in World War II and later became a prominent manufacturer, was celebrated Nov. 12 in St. Paul of the Cross Church.
Interment followed in All Saints Cemetery.
Arrangements and visitation were coordinated by Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, Park Ridge.
Mr. La Forte died Nov. 8 in Resurrection Medical Center at the age of 92. He retired in 1985 after 40 years of service with the Vaughan Manufacturing Company, a leading producer of kitchen utensils and housewares in Chicago. He rose to the level of Executive Vice President. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the Cooper Union School of Engineering in New York City, his home town, in 1934. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corp. in 1942 and served with its aeronautical engineering group, where he was recognized for his design innovation in perfecting many of the bomb fuses used in air raids. He was later listed in "Who's Who in American Commerce and Industry."
He also was an avid golfer and talented musician. He lived in Park Ridge since 1945.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia. Surviving are his children: Rosemary (Clement) Ryan of Park Ridge, Linda (James) Gross of Ithaca, NY, and Michael J. Jr. (Diane) La Forte of Hinsdale, IL; grandchildren David (Diane Ryan, Daniel (Annemarie) Ryan, Michael (Lisa) Ryan, Cristen (Greg) Orput, James (Lynn) Gross, John Gross, Justin (Karen) Gross, Caitlin (Christian) Rockwell, Lindsey La Forte, and Megan La Forte; 14 great-grandchildren; and siblings Patricia Bolte, M. Raymond La Forte, and Lena Stagnitta.
Memorials are requested by the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

MARY ANN CASSELL
Niles resident
A funeral service for Mary Ann Cassell, 85, was held on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at St. Isaac Jogues Church. Visitation was held on Nov. 5 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Niles. Burial was held at Maryhill Cemetery, Niles.
Ms. Cassell died on Friday, Nov. 2 at The Abington of Glenview. She is survived by other family members and friends.
Ms. Cassell was born in Chicago and was a homemaker.

HALINA ELIZABETH MAJ
Medical Librarian
A memorial mass for Halina Elizabeth Maj, 48, of Park Ridge, will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m., at St. Paul of the Cross Church, Park Ridge. Interment will be private. Arrangements were handled by Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, Park Ridge.
Ms. Maj worked as a medical librarian at Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines. She is survived by her parents, Tadeusz and Mary Maj and her brother Nicholas.
Memorials to Lutheran General Cancer Care Center, 1700 Luther Lane, Park Ridge are appreciated.

JEFFREY L. SAMS
Of Mt. Prospect
Jeffrey L. Sams, 54, died Oct. 28 at his home in Mt. Prospect.
Burial will be private.
Surviving are his aunt, Imo Schertz Nemetz of Des Plaines; cousins Lane K. Nemetz of Mt. Prospect, Paul T. Nemetz of Des Plaines, and others. He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Schertz Sams of Des Plaines, and his father, Wayne Sams of Tucson, AZ.
Memorials are requested to the American Diabetes Association, 30 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60602.

BENJAMIN J. PITTNER
Des Plaines Resident
Benjamin J. Pittner, 24, of Des Plaines, died on Monday, Nov. 12 following a long illness. He was born on Sept. 9, 1977 in Elk Grove Village.
Benjamin was the son of Dr. Richard and Jane Pittner of Des Plaines. Richard Pittner served on the Des Plaines Elementary School Dist. 62 board of education for many years.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 3 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 at 9:15 a.m. from the G.L. Hills Funeral Home in Des Plaines to St. Emily Church in Mt. Prospect. Mass will be said at 10 a.m.
Benjamin is survived by his parents; sisters Sally A. (Alan) Cunningham, Emily J. Pittner and Lauren E. Pittner.
He graduated from Maine West High School and attended both Oakton and Harper community colleges as well as the Illinois Institute of Art. Interment will take place at Bohemian Cemetery in Chicago. Memorials may be made to Childrens Memorial Hospital.

MARGARET LIESKE
Former Village Clerk of Niles
A funeral mass for Margaret "Marge" Lieske, 86, of Park Ridge formerly of Niles, will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. John Brebeuf Church, Niles. Visitation will be held at the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, 7812 N. Milwaukee, Niles, on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entombment will follow at the All Saints Cemetery and Mausoleum, Des Plaines.
Mrs. Lieske died on Nov. 10 at Holy Family Care Center, Des Plaines. She is survived by husband, Ralph and numerous nieces and nephews. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the daughter of Andrew and Catherine (Ziegler) Bihn. She married Ralph Lieske and settled in Niles where she became active in politics. In 1961, she joined the Niles New Era Party led by Mayor Nicholas Blase as its candidate for Village Clerk and even though the Party was victorious, she finished a very close second. In 1963, the Niles Progressive Party was formed and as their candidate for Village Clerk she won the election. Up for re-election in 1965, she was the popular choice for Village Clerk by the Forward Era Party again led by Blase. In the next election in 1969, she split with the mayor's party and helped form the Popular Independent Party.

RUTH BEATRICE HABERMAN GRIFFIN
Wife & Mother
A funeral mass for Ruth Beatrice Haberman Griffin, 79, of Des Plaines, was held Nov. 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Des Plaines. A visitation and funeral service followed.
Born in Waypaca, WI, Mrs. Griffin died on Nov. 24. She was a contract salesperson for Sears and very active at the First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Griffin is survived by her sons Gary (Barbara) Griffin, and Roger (Karen) Griffin; daughters Nina (Michael) Leider, Karen (Wayne) Florczak, and Darlene (Bob) Zeier; her brother Edward (Mary) Haberman; her sisters Jean (Late Richard) Jorgensen, Marian (Late Weldon) Holbrook, and Nancy (Wayne) Andrea; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd M. Griffin; and her brother Marvin (Late Barbara) Haberman. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Rainbow Hospice, 444 Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, 60068.

HAROLD HEINZ
Restaurant Owner
Funeral services for Harold Heinz, 89, of Des Plaines, were held on Friday, Nov. 23 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Niles. Visitation was also held at the funeral home on Friday, Nov. 23. Burial took place in Monarch Cemetery, Franklin Park.
Mr. Heinz was born on Sept. 12, 1912 in Morton Grove and he died on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at De Paul Health Center, Bridgeton, Mo. He is survived by son, Michael (Margaret); grandchildren, Christine and Gregory; sisters, Catherine Wilson and Agnes (Warren) Fountaine; stepchildren, Andrew, Beverly, Patricia, Michael and William; six step-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by wife, Grace; children, John (Laura), Gregory and Terri; and a wife, Babs Mueller.
Memorials to the American Heart Association are appreciated.

EMMA "MIKKI" CONDL
Army Nurse during World War II
Funeral services for Emma "Mikki" Condl, 87, of Des Plaines, were held on Monday, Nov. 19 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Niles followed by mass at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Niles. Visitation was held on Sunday at the home. Interment took place at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles. Mrs. Condl was born on June 8, 1914 in Chicago and she died on Nov. 13 at Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines. She is survived by her niece, Edwina (Nick) Lamont; nephews, William (Kathy) Alston and Joel Alston; great nieces and nephews, Robin, Tracie, Michael, Christopher, Ted and John; 11 great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Anna nee Funkel; sister, Alice (Edwin) Alston; cousins, Helen (Louis) Turek and James (Anna) Karban.
Mrs. Condl was a graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing and obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from DePaul University. She served her country as an Army nurse during World War II in Africa and Italy, and again during the Korean War, where she obtained the rank of Captain.

ROBERT BEHRENS
Accountant
Funeral services for Robert Behrens, 48, were held Nov. 19 at Skaja Terrace Funeral Home in Niles following visitation. Interment was in Maryhill Cemetery, Niles.
Mr. Behrens had been an accountant and resident of Niles. He died Thursday, Nov. 15 at Lutheran General Hospital.
Survivors include his wife Gail and children Daniel and Rebecca Behrens. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Josephine Behrens.

MARY HAHN
Of Niles
Funeral services for Mary T. Hahn, 90, of Niles, were held at Skaja Terrace Funeral Home and St. Juliana Church on Nov. 18. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Cumberland and Belmont Avenues.
Mrs. Hahn died Thursday, Nov. 15 in her home. She had been a homemaker.
Mrs. Hahn was preceded in death by her husband Fred, sister Anna Halper and brother Paul Halper. She is survived by her sister Frances Cody, brother John Halper, sister-in-law Jean Halper and many nieces and many nieces and nephews.

LLUMINACION DE LA CRUZ
Teacher
Funeral services for Lluminacion De La Cruz (nee Sibal), 73, of Glenview, were held on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at St. Isaac Jogues Church. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Niles. Burial took place at a local cemetery in Banbam Tarlac, Philippines. Mrs. De La Cruz was born on Apr. 19, 1928 in the Philippines and she died on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Kindred Hospital, Sycamore. She is survived by children, Marie and Cenon De La Cruz and other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by Mr. De La Cruz.

ANTHONY T. MARTORANA
Oldest Square Dancer In the U.S.
A funeral mass for Anthony T. Martorana, 101, longtime Park Ridge resident, was celebrated on Nov. 26, at Mary, Seat of Wisdom Church. Entombment followed in Mount Carmel Cemetery. Visitation was held at Nelson Funeral Home Nov. 24 and Nov. 25. Mr. Martorana died on Nov. 22 at Resurrection Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Park Ridge.
Mr. Martorana is survived by his daughters Dot Aumann, Jo Halls, Pauline (Thomas) Cahill, and Toni Hernandez; grandsons Mark Aumann, Michael Cahill, and John Moll; granddaughters Janet Aumann, Leslie Halls, Cathy (Steve) Geisler, Christy (Mark) Liekhus, Nannette (Greg) Turner; great-grandchildren Ginelle, Sara, Lauren and Ryan Geisler; John, Nicholas, and Brian Liekhus; and Colin and Ryan Mohl. He is preceded in death by his wife, Constance (nee Cardinal).
Mr. Martorana was the oldest living square dancer in the United States; the oldest participant in Bachelor Auction; a member of the Square Spares; and the owner of Anthony Tailoring Co., Chicago for over 50 years. He was born in Sicily.

DOROTHY V. MITROVICH
Park Ridge Resident
A funeral mass for Dorothy V. Mitrovich, 90, a Park Ridge resident, was celebrated on Nov. 24, at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Chicago. Entombment followed in Montrose Cemetery. Mrs. Mitrovich died on Nov. 22 at the Methodist Home, Chicago.
She is survived by her sons Ronal N. Mitrovich, and Rev. Nicholas S. Mitrovich, Jr.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her sister, Alexandria Bunson.

BEATRICE ZOLINAS
Of Mt. Prospect
A funeral mass for Beatrice Zolinas, 94, of Mt. Prospect, was held Tuesday, Nov. 20, at St. Raymond de Penafort Church in Mt. Prospect. Interment was in Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Mrs. Zolinas died Friday, Nov. 16 at Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Hts.
For 30 years, Mrs. Zolinas had worked in quality control for Spiegel Inc. in Chicago.
Survivors include her daughter Ann (Floyd) Caldini; grandchildren Mary Kay (Thomas) McMahon and Claire Caldini; great-grandson Neil McMahon; and brother Joseph (Ann) Janulavich. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Zolinas, two brothers and two sisters.

LOUIS LA ROSA
Electrician
A funeral service for Louis La Rosa, 59, of Niles was held on Monday, Nov. 12 at St. John Brebeuf Church in Niles. Visitation was held on Sunday, Nov. 11 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Niles. Burial took place at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove.
Mr. La Rosa was born on Feb. 8, 1942 in Chicago and he died on Friday, Nov. 9 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. He is survived by wife, Mary Lou nee Parker; children, Mary Christine (Bernard) Cottone, Michael (Joanna) La Rosa and Tina (James) Sonsalla; grandchildren, Nicholas and Sarah Cottone and Joseph La Rosa; siblings, Jean Rogers and Margaret (John) Weritz; nieces, Carolyn and Theresa Weritz.
Memorials made be made to Cancer Research Center at Lutheran General Hospital, c/o Advocate Charitable Foundation, 205 W. Touhy Ave., Suite 225, Park Ridge, IL, 60068 are appreciated.

PATRICIA M. ENDRES
Park Ridge Resident
A funeral mass for Patricia M. Endres, 73, a Park Ridge resident, was celebrated Nov. 21 in Mary, Seat of Wisdom Church. Interment followed in All Saints Cemetery.
Visitation was held at Ryan-Parke Funeral Home. She died Nov. 18 in Holy Family Medical Center.
Surviving are her husband, John F.; children Janet L., David J. (Julie), Daniel J. (Anita), Susan E. (Brian) Ramsey and William J. (Catherine; 11 grandchildren; siblings Mary (Ray) Behr and Nancy Sherman; many cousins, nieces and nephews.


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