Miscellaneous Cook County, Illinois Obituaries

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Tuesday, September 14, 1999

Gary Lee Morse
Sheriff's police deputy

Gary Lee Morse, 50, of Peotone, died Wednesday at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.

A funeral service was held Sunday at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, with the Rev. Will Parker officiating. Interment was private.

Mr. Morse was born Feb. 24, 1949, in Anna. He was a deputy with the Will County Sheriff's Police and a part-time employee of the Streets and Alleys Department of Peotone. He was a member of Peotone United Methodist Church and Peotone American Legion Post 392, and was a retired member of the Peotone Volunteer Fire Department and the Will County Benevolent Fund.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Laurie Lee (nee Oliver); a daughter, Shelley Morse of Peotone; a son, Daryl Morse of Peotone; his parents, George and Lela (nee Brown) Morse of Lewistown, Mo.; three sisters, Yvonne Kindhart of Durham, Mo., Linda Roberts of Mendon and Gale Morse of Quincy; and a brother, Roger of Durham, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Helen Edgoose
Centenarian

Helen L. Edgoose (nee Koutsky), 101, of Monee, formerly of Chicago, died Sept. 7.

A funeral service was held Friday at Lewis Funeral Home, Elmwood Park. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery, River Grove.

Mrs. Edgoose was 101 years old.

She is survived by a son, Wally (Claire); a brother, Frank of Arizona; two step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Jean Beck
Formerly of south suburbs

Jean M. Beck, 74, of Ankeny, Iowa, formerly of Park Forest and Olympia Fields, died Wednesday at Mill-Pond Retirement Community in Ankeny.

A service was held Saturday at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, Ankeny, with the Rev. Randy Richman officiating. Interment was in Ankeny Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Ankeny.

Mrs. Beck was born in Chisholm, Minn. She was a former member of St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church, Matteson, and Olympia Fields Country Club.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; two daughters, Sherry Stevenson of Ankeny and Connie Fury of Fishkill, N.Y.; a sister, Charlotte Fennie of Kenyon, Minn.; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls on Jackson Boulevard in Chicago.

Arrangements were handled by Ankeny Funeral Home.

Timothy Blumenthal
United Stationers retiree 

Timothy J. Blumenthal, 84, of Kankakee, died Sept. 7.

A memorial mass was said Friday at St. Irenaus Catholic Church, Park Forest. Interment was in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.

Mr. Blumenthal was born Oct. 28, 1914. He was retired from inventory control with United Stationers of Chicago and was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kankakee, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5535, Chicago. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gerry; two daughters, Jeanne Neumann of Justice and Cynthia Blumenthal of Naperville; a son, Timothy of St. Anne; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were handled by Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.

Thomas Curtin
Pipefitter

Thomas C. Curtin, 60, of Midlothian, died Friday at home.

The funeral service and burial will be private.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Hickey Memorial Chapel, 4201 W. 147th St., Midlothian.

Mr. Curtin was born on Jan. 12, 1939, in Chicago. He was a pipefitter and a 30-year member of Pipefitters Local 597.

He is survived by three sons, Thomas J. Curtin of Park Ridge, Joseph Curtin of Chicago and Michael Curtin of Midlothian; his mother, Catherine Curtin; a brother, John Patrick Curtin; and two grandchildren.

Earl Dahlke
ComEd retiree

Earl Dahlke, 86, of Hazel Crest, died Wednesday at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest.

A funeral service was held Saturday at Vandenberg Funeral Home, Tinley Park, with the Rev. Karl Landgrebe officiating. Interment was private.

Mr. Dahlke was born Oct. 28, 1912, in Chicago. He was retired from Commonwealth Edison, where he worked in construction. He was a 42-year member of Mizpah Masonic Lodge 768.

He is survived by a daughter, Karen Styka; a son, Donald; and three grandchildren.

His wife, Helen (nee Jurgensen), died March 21, 1998.

Memorials may be made to the Masonic Charities Foundation.

Samuel Friedland
Salesman

Samuel B. Friedland, a 27-year resident of Homewood, died Thursday at Ingalls Hospital in Harvey.

A graveside service was held Monday at Workmen's Circle, Jewish Waldheim Cemetery, Forest Park.

Mr. Friedland was employed as a salesman for Root Bros. Hardware and Supply for more than 35 years. He was a member, financial and corresponding secretary for the Chai Lodge of B'nai B'rith; an active member of the Sam Neivelt Post 407 of the Jewish War Veterans; and a veteran of World War II, serving with the 47th Infantry Regiment as a staff sergeant. 

He is survived by his wife, Estelle (nee Chodosh); a daughter, Debra; a son, Jordan; and two brothers, Leonard and Harold.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Lloyd Mandel Levayah Funerals, Skokie.

William George
Tool and die worker

William George, 66, a 25-year resident of Alsip, died Sept. 5 at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Vandenberg Funeral Home, Tinley Park, with the Rev. Keddall Koenig officiating. Interment will be private.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of the service today at the funeral home.

Mr. George was born Sept. 22, 1932, in Lyons. He was employed at a tool and die factory.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon (nee McBroom); a son, Christopher of Alsip; a sister, Doris Jones of Iowa; and one grandchild.

Eleanor Kong
Former Golden Apple scholar

Eleanor P. Kong, 24, of Normal, formerly of Homewood, died Wednesday at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Robert Bellarmine Newman Center, Bloomington, with the Rev. Ronald Palmer officiating. Interment will be in Homewood Memorial Gardens, Homewood.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington.

Eleanor Kong was born Jan. 24, 1975, in Hong Kong. She was a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, and was selected a Golden Apple scholar of the Golden Apple Foundation, Chicago. 

While an undergraduate at Illinois State University, she was a leader in establishing the Asian Pacific American Coalition. She earned her undergraduate degree in education, had taught, and returned to complete a master's degree. 

She was the 1999 recipient of the Janice Auguston Memorial Award and the Staff That Are Remarkable Award from the Division of Student Affairs. She had served as the assistant residence hall coordinator in Madison-Van Buren Hall and was the residence hall coordinator for Walker Hall in Central Campus.

She is survived by her parents, Peter and Annie (nee Cheng) Kong; two sisters, Vivian Kong and Sylvia Kong, both of Homewood; and a brother, Samuel of Homewood.

Memorials may be made to the Golden Apple Foundation.

Patricia Nelson
Glenwood Bowl employee

Patricia Nelson (nee Everson), a 12-year resident of Crete, formerly of Park Forest, died Saturday at St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center in Dyer, Ind.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hirsch Funeral Homes' Spindler-Koelling Chapel, Crete.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Nelson was employed at Glenwood Bowl in Glenwood. She had also worked for more than 10 years at Lakewood Bowling Alley in Richton Park.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald; a daughter, Katelyn Nelson of Crete; and two sons, Steven Pierson and Andrew Nelson, both of Crete.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 6 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1202, Chicago 60602.

James Smith
Maintenance worker

James C. Smith, 84, of Hazel Crest, died Sunday at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest.

The funeral service will be private. 

Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City.

Mr. Smith was born on June 8, 1915. He was employed as a maintenance worker for a factory and served in the Army during World War II.

He is survived by a sister, Agnes J. Smith of California; and two brothers, Andrew Smith of South Holland and Joseph Smith of Thornton.

Arrangements were made by Thornridge Funeral Home.

Gabriel Terhesh
Retired banker

Gabriel Terhesh, 85, of Orland Park, died Saturday at home.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at John Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 7020 W. 127th St., Palos Heights.

Burial will be private.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Terhesh was a retired bank director.

He is survived by two daughters, Loretta Montgomery and Joan Thompson; a son, Steven Terhesh; and five grandchildren.

Thursday, September 16, 1999

Richard Pollack
Retired Hazel Crest fireman

Richard J. Pollack, 63, of Mokena, formerly of Hazel Crest, died Saturday at home.

A memorial mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anne's Church in Hazel Crest. The Rev. Len Dubi will officiate. Burial will be private.

Mr. Pollack was born on July 16, 1936, in Milwaukee. He was a manager for AT&T and was retired as the assistant chief for the Hazel Crest volunteer fire department. He was a member of Hazel Crest American Legion Post 398 and the Telephone Company Pioneers of America.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Pollack; two daughters, Shari Gilbert of Noank, Conn., and Sandi Kryszak of Plainville, Conn; a son, Steve Pollack of Mokena; a brother, Thomas Pollack of Milwaukee; a sister, Marilyn Hobbs of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Lynn Pollack of Oconomowoc, Wis.; and eight grandchildren.

Eleanor Bennett
Retiree

Eleanor Druzilla Bennett, 83, of Oak Forest, formerly of Sawyer, Mich., and Three Oaks, Mich., died Sept. 6 at home.

A funeral service was held in Three Oaks. Burial was also in Michigan.

Mrs. Bennett worked for the Ford Motor Co. and the U.S. Postal Service. She was a member of the Chicago Chapter of DAR and was an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.

Mrs. Bennett moved from Chicago to Michigan in 1953, but lived with her daughter in Oak Forest for the last few years of her life. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, cooking, baking and many crafts, even as she began to lose her eyesight.

She is survived by two daughters, Lee Hanna Orr of Oak Forest and Darlene Hartmann of Ottawa, Kan.; three sons, William Bennett of Oak Forest, John Bennett of LaGrange, Ga., and Thomas Bennett of South Bend, Ind.; a sister, Helen Cooper of Garnett, Kan.; 21 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Maria Bianchi
Homemaker

Maria Bianchi (nee Lauretti), 90, of Chicago Heights, died Tuesday at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.

A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Kieran Church, 195th and Halsted streets , Chicago Heights. Entombment will be at Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St., Chicago Heights.

Mrs. Bianchi was born on Feb. 28, 1909, in Italy. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of San Rocco Church in Chicago Heights.

She is survived by three daughters, Nancy Lucari of Chicago Heights, Pearl Pisterzi of Richton Park and Annette Pisterzj of Olympia Fields; four sons, Paul Bianchi and Bennie Bianchi, both of Chicago Heights, Michael Bianchi of Italy and Antonio Bianchi of Olympia Fields; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

William Horon
Quality control manager

William Joseph Horon, 55, of Calumet City, died Tuesday at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Tews Funeral Home, 18230 S. Dixie Highway, Homewood, with the Rev. Joseph Ledwell officiating.

Burial will be at Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery in Worth.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Horon was born Sept. 10, 1944, in Chicago. He was a quality control manager for Chicago Allis Manufacturing Co. in Chicago.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Horon; five daughters, Christine Ramsey of Hammond, Ind., Kimberly Sanderson of Lansing, and Jennifer Horon, Heather Horon and Lara Horon, all of Calumet City; three sons, Eric Horon of Mesa, Ariz., and Andrew Horon and Lawrence Horon, both of Calumet City; a sister, Veronica Horon of Sauk Village; and two granddaughters.

Irene Koszyk
Retired beautician

Irene V. Koszyk (nee Burczyk), 83, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Chicago's Archer Heights community, died Tuesday at Bethany Riverside Nursing Home in LaCrosse.

A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bruno Church, 4751 S. Harding Ave., Chicago. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Szkowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer Ave., Chicago.

Mrs. Koszyk was a retired beautician and a former member of the St. Bruno Senior Citizens.

She is survived by a son, Donald Koszyk; a daughter, Lorraine Brimer; a sister, Frances Mical; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Leonard Maday
Retired lathe worker

Leonard A. Maday, 74, of Evergreen Park, died Sept. 8 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.

A memorial mass will be said at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 9837 S. Throop St., Chicago, with the Rev. Daniel Mallette of the church officiating.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Maday was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Chicago. He was a retired lathe worker in the construction industry and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Esther Maday; two sons, Larry Maday of Tinley Park and Timothy Maday of New Lenox; two sisters, Yolanda Zaremba and Fay Bugulslawski; a brother, Thomas Maday; his mother-in-law, Josephine Baker Bejgrowicz; and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the church would be appreciated.

Arrangements were handled by Beverly Ridge Funeral Home in Chicago.

Geraldine Messina
Homemaker

Geraldine J. Messina (nee Aumond), 77, of Valrico, Fla., formerly of Crestwood, died Sept. 9 in Florida.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Messina was born on July 14, 1922, in Holyoke, Mass. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Brandon VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Church of the Nativity, both in Florida.

She is survived by two daughters, Christina Messina of Valrico, Fla., and Alice Stelter of Ashland City, Ind.; two sons, Matthew Messina of Evergreen Park and Joel Messina of Steffner, Fla.; a brother, Edward Aumond of Steger; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Life Path Hospice of Hillsborough County, Florida.

Ryan Jay White
Homewood resident

Ryan Jay White, 17, of Homewood, died Saturday after he was injured in a traffic accident.

A funeral mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church, 17951 S. Dixie Highway, Homewood. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City.

Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Tews Funeral Home, 18230 S. Dixie Highway, Homewood.

Mr. White was born on April 27, 1982, in East Chicago, Ind. He was a 1999 graduate of the Lincoln Challenge Program in Lincoln, Ill., and planned to enter the Navy in October.

He is survived by his mother, Bertha "Bert" Gillespie of Homewood; his father, Norvall White of Lebanon, Tenn.; two brothers, Brandon White of Hammond, Ind., and Clark Gillespie of Homewood; a grandfather, Bruno Lipka of Hammond; a grandmother, Rebecca White of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; and his mentor, Doug Collie of Carol Stream.

Helen Zumerling
Homemaker

Helen M. Zumerling (nee Leckner), 89, of Chicago's Garfield Ridge community, died Saturday at home.

A funeral mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Daniel the Prophet Church, 5330 S. Nashville Ave., Chicago. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Ridge Funeral Home, 6620 W. Archer Ave., Chicago.

Mrs. Zumerling was born on April 12, 1910, in Chicago. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony Zumerling; two daughters, Beverly Zumerling and Shirley Tloczek; a son, Ronald Zumerling; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


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