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Monday, August 7, 2000

Anne M. Corkery
Retired from banking

Anne M. Corkery (nee Cox), 71, of Darien, formerly of Palos Hills and Oak Lawn, died Friday in Naperville.

A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Linus Church, 10301 S. Lawler Ave., Oak Lawn. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn.

Mrs. Corkery was born Feb. 24, 1929 in San Antonio, Tex. 

She was retired from banking, having worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Oak Brook during the 1980s. She also worked for the Hickory Hills Bank and had worked part time for Carson Pirie Scott & Co. and McDade's department stores.

Mrs. Corkery is survived by four daughters, Kathleen Murray of Champaign, Mary McShane of St. Charles, Therese Kolar of St. Paul, Minn. and Patricia Vandercar of Naperville; two sons, Thomas Corkery of Lombard and James Corkery of Peoria; and 11 grandchildren.

Masses or memorials to the American Parkinson Disease Association would be appreciated.

Marie M. Dragic
Retired nurse

Marie M. Dragic (nee Sujak), 87, of Bridgeview, formerly of Chicago's Brighton Park community, died Saturday at Century Village Nursing Center in Bridgeview.

A funeral mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Simon the Apostle Church, 5157 S. California Ave., Chicago. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Zarzycki Funeral Home, 5088 S. Archer Ave., Chicago.

Mrs. Dragic was a retired nurse, having served at Misericordia Home on Chicago's Southwest Side for 30 years before retiring.

She is survived by a son Robert Dragic; two sisters, Florence Flenard and Delores Haug; and a brother, Raymond Sujak. 

Donald MacDonald Jr.
Illinois Bell retiree 

Donald J. MacDonald Jr., 70, of Palos Park, died Friday at Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale.

A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave., Orland Park, with his son the Rev. Donald J. MacDonald III of Danforth Reformed Church in Danforth, Ill. and the Rev. Peter Vecchi officiating.

Burial is private.

Visitation will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until the time of the service.

Mr. MacDonald was born Sept. 1, 1929 in Chicago. He was retired from Illinois Bell as a district manager. After his retirement he worked in marketing for a company that created computer software for operating machinery.

Mr. MacDonald was an ordained lay Presbyterian minister. 

He was a member of the Christ Church of Oak Brook and a member of the Singing Men of Oak Brook. 

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Catherine Leath of Calumet City, another son, David MacDonald of Palos Park; and three grandchildren.

Brian P. McGurk
Computer salesman 

Brian P. McGurk, 48, of Lemont, formerly of Chicago's Southwest Side, died Friday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Church, 200 Illinois St., Lemont with the Rev. Richard Shannon of the church officiating.

Burial is private.

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

Mr. McGurk was born March 15, 1952 in Evergreen Park.

He was a computer salesman. In 1995, he was the recipient of a kidney and pancreas transplant, said his sister, Margaret McGurk, of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

"He often said that every day he had since (the operation) was a gift," said Ms. McGurk, a former assistant city editor for the Daily Southtown and currently the film critic for the Cincinnati Enquirer. 

She said her brother, who was diagnosed with late onset juvenile diabetes while in his 20s, "was a man who loved to laugh and loved his family. 

"He was a person who found joy in the small things of life," Ms. McGurk said.

"His two children were the light of his life. He was very proud he got to see his son Sean attend his first prom and see his daughter, Erin graduate" from grammar school, she said. Both children live in Lemont.

Mr. McGurk was active in Harold Washington College Theatre Group, where he acted and was beginning to try his hand at directing, she said. She said his enthusiasm for theater was catching and that his daughter recently had a role in a play at the college.

"Community theatre meant a lot to him," Ms. McGurk said.

Mr. McGurk's interest in the performing arts blossomed while a student at Blackburn College in Carlinville, where he was a member of the Madrigal Singers, traveling around the country to perform, she said.

He earned a degree in history from the college and was a member of the alumni association. Mr. McGurk also was a graduate of Mount Carmel High School in Chicago.

In addition to his sister and two children, Mr. McGurk is survived by his wife, Cynthia McGurk of Lemont; three more sisters, Jeanette Murray of Cincinnati, Elizabeth McGurk of Chapel Hill, N.C.; three brothers, James McGurk of Willowbrook, Kevin McGurk of Tampa, Fla. and William Andrew McGurk of El Cerrito, Calif.

Memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 291 Hastings St., Highland Park, Ill., would be appreciated.

Edward F. Moran
Retired mechanic

Edward F. Moran, 85, of Oak Lawn, died Friday at Mercy Hospital in Chicago.

A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Gerald Church, 9349 S. Central Ave., Oak Lawn. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Heeney Funeral Home, 2929 W. 87th St., Evergreen Park.

Mr. Moran was born April 26, 1915 in Chicago. He was a retired auto mechanic, having retired in 1980. 

He was a member of the Blue Island Racing Pigeon Club; and the Bass and Gill Sportsman's Club.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gertrude Moran; a daughter, Sharon Dryer of Chicago; two sons, Edward Moran of Chicago and James Moran of Oak Lawn; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Earl J. Wood
Manager for Libby's

Earl J. Wood, 57, of Orland Park, died Saturday at University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago.

A funeral mass will be said at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. George Church on 175th Street in Tinley Park. Burial is private.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Vandenberg Funeral Home, 17248 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park.

Mr. Wood was born Dec. 11, 1942 in Chicago. He was a manager for Libby's Foods.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Wood; his mother Marjorie Wood; a sister, Janice Wood; and a brother, Alan Wood.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Wednesday, August 9, 2000

Robert G. Bonshire
Retired purchasing agent

Robert G. Bonshire, 75, of Lemont, died Sunday at home.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St., Chicago Heights. The Rev. Susan Jacques will officiate.

Burial will be private.

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

Mr. Bonshire was born on Sept. 22, 1924 in Fort Wayne, Ind. He worked as a purchasing agent for Argonne Laboratory for 20 years until he retired in 1981. He served in the Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine J. Bonshire; a son, William Scott Bonshire of Oak Forest; a sister-in-law, Burnette Bonshire of West Virginia; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Lemont United Methodist Church.

Thelma W. Feilen
Retired nurse

Thelma W. Feilen (nee Walderbach), 85, of Chicago's Archer Heights community, died Sunday at Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines.

A funeral service will be held Friday in Anamosa, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, 5088 S. Archer Ave., Chicago.

Mrs. Feilen worked as a nurse. She served as an Army nurse during World War II, worked in private duty and as an industrial nurse. She also worked as an audiologist at Nabisco Co. She was a member of the St. Richard Golden Agers.

She is survived by a son, John Roessler; a daughter, Susan Green; two sisters, Clara Martz and Leona Osterkamp; and three grandchildren.

Ione C. Grenda
Former employee

Ione C. Grenda (nee Johnson), 71, of Chicago, died Monday at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8550 S. Kedvale Ave., Chicago. The Rev. William Barthel will officiate.

Burial will be at Evergreen Mausoleum in Evergreen Park.

Mrs. Grenda was born on April 16, 1929 in Evergreen Park. She was a former employee of A.O. Smith Co. and a member of the VASA Swedish Organization and the Scottsdale Civic Association.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Moorman of Minnesota; two sons, Richard Grenda of Orland Park and Mark Grenda of Midlothian; her mother, Lucille Johnson of Florida; a brother, Richard Johnson of Florida; and three grandchildren.

Thomas John
Retired motor inspector

Thomas John, 75, of Sauk Village, formerly of Glenwood, died Monday at St. James Hospice in Chicago Heights.

A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. today at Tews Funeral Home, 18230 S. Dixie Highway, Homewood. The Rev. Joseph Ledwell will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. John was born on Sept. 24, 1924 in Chicago. He worked as a motor inspector for Interlake Steel. He retired in 1987 after 35 years of service.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas John of Indiana and Edward John of Sauk Village; his mother-in-law, Mabel Jankun of Sauk Village; and three grandchildren.

Hannes 'Lee' Johnson
Retired plumber

Hannes "Lee" Johnson, 80, of South Holland, died Monday at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Thornridge Funeral Home, 15801 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Dolton, with the Rev. John Lang of Redeemer Lutheran Church in South Holland officiating.

Burial will be private. 

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

Mr. Johnson was born Nov. 19, 1942, in Danforth, Ill. He was a plumber for 42 years, retiring in 1991.

Mr. Johnson was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of Local 130. He loved bowling and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

He is survived by three daughters, Shirley Lucia of Merrillville, Ind., Diana Kawa of Chicago and Mary Oviedo of South Holland; a son, James Johnson of Brownsburg, Ind.; two sisters, Lorene Evelsizer of Danforth, Ill. and Eileen Strasser of Evergreen Park; two brothers, Alfred Johnson of Chicago and Lowell Johnson of North Fort Meyers, Fla.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Elsie I. Mark
Homemaker

Elsie I. Mark (nee Lorenz), 98, of Frankfort, died Sunday in Shabonna, Ill.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Faith Temple Assembly of God Church in Frankfort with the Rev. David Davidson of the church officiating.

Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Green Garden Township.

Mrs. Mark was born Sept. 27, 1901 in Chipmunk Coulee, Wis. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Faith Temple Church and previously Frankfort United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Barclay of DeKalb; two sons, Arthur Mark of Frankfort and LaVerne Mark of Bettendorf, Iowa; a sister, Frances Denny of LaCrosse, Wis.; a brother, John Lorenz of LaCrosse, Wis.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials to Faith Temple Church of Frankfort United Methodist Church would be appreciated.

Arrangements wer handled by Gerardi Funeral Home in Frankfort. 

Bethel G. Runge
Retired buyer for Minas

Bethel G. Runge, 87, of Thornton, died Friday in Harvey.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home in South Holland.

Burial will be at Homewood Memorials Gardens Cemetery in Homewood.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. today at the funeral home until the time of the service.

Ms. Runge was born Feb. 25, 1913 in Thornton. She was a retired furniture buyer for Minas Co. in Hammond.

She is survived by her brother, John W. Runge of Thornton.

Catherine Werth
Homemaker

Catherine Werth (nee Mueller), 95, of Tinley Park, died Monday at home.

A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. George Catholic Church in Tinley Park. The Rev. Don Cahill will officiate.

Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Vandenberg Funeral Home, 17248 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park.

Mrs. Werth was born on July 20, 1905 in Hungary. She was a homemaker and a member of the Tinley Park Garden Club.

She is survived by a son, Richard Werth; a daughter, Ellen Hallahan; a sister, Elizabeth Milles; six grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 500 N. Dearborn Ave., Chicago, Ill.

Howard J. Wilcox
Retired salesman

Howard J. "Bud" Wilcox, 84, of Evergreen Park, died Monday at home.

A funeral mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Most Holy Redeemer Church, 96th Street and Lawndale Avenue in Evergreen Park. 

Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Kenny Brothers Funeral Home, 3600 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park.

Mr. Wilcox was born May 6, 1916 in Chicago. He was a retired industrial sales representative.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Wilcox; four sisters, Kathleen Mack of Tyler, Texas, Karen Meyer of Miami, Mary Bobka of Boston and Patricia Nordyke of Arlington Heights; four sons, William Wilcox of Madison, Wis., James Wilcox and Richard Wilcox, both of Upland, Calif., and Brian Wilcox of Evergreen Park; a sister, Margaret Litrich of Mission Viejo, Calif.; two brothers, Robert Wilcox of Garden Grove, Calif., and John Wilcox of Pamona, Calif.; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials to Misericordia Heart of Mercy, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60660 or Advocate Hospice, 1441 Branding Ave., Downers Grove, Ill., 60515 would be appreciated.


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