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Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Clyde Jackson
Retired 

Clyde Jackson, 76, a longtime resident of Hickory Hills, died Friday at home.

Mr. Jackson was born on Jan. 3, 1925, in Tennesse. He was a retired foreman with a diesel manufacturing company.

Mr. Jackson was the husband of Hickory Hills city Clerk Joann Jackson.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Former 1st Ward Ald. Fred Carbonara, who knew Mr. Jackson the last 10 years, said he was "very civic minded and supportive of his wife."

"Until he got sick, Clyde would accompany Joann to all the Thursday night council meetings," said Carbonara, who now serves as director of the city's community center and the neighboring Parkview Apartments. "He sat right behind the reporters."

Carbonara said he and Mr. Jackson spent time over the years "reminiscing about the old times."

"Before Clyde got sick, he'd come to the community center almost daily, and we'd sit and talk and listen to records from the 1940s," Carbonara said. 

He said during their discussions he learned that the two had served in the Merchant Marines (now the U.S. Maritime Services) in Brooklyn, N.Y., before entering the Army.

"Clyde was a soft-spoken man who loved talking to people," Carbonara said.

Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife, Joann Jackson; two sons, Joel Jackson and Timothy Jackson; a sister, Marie Vaughn; and four grandchildren.

Hattie Demith
Homemaker

Hattie Demith (nee Wegrzyn), 92, of South Chicago Heights, died Monday.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Steger.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Demith was born on Sept. 12, 1908, in Chicago Heights. She was a homemaker and a member of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chicago Heights. She was an active member of the St. Joseph Rosary Ladies Sodality. She also was a member of St. Liborius Church in Steger and was active with the Chicago Heights Senior Citizens Group Thursday Club for many years.

Mrs. Demith is survived by four daughters, Dorothy Kasper, Loretta Wilson, Jean Neal, and Mary Ann Demith; three sons, Jerry Demith, Tom Demith, and Richard Demith; a brother, Edward Wegrzyn; 20 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

Edward Forslin
Mechanic

Edward Forslin, 77, of Chicago's Clearing community, died Friday at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.

Burial is at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

Mr. Forslin was born on June 28, 1923, in Chicago. He was a mechanic for Ryder Trucking and served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Forslin is survived by a son, Edward Forslin; and a daughter, Kathleen Walls.

Funeral arrangements were made by Ridge Funeral Home.

Joseph R. Gumber
Mail handler

Joseph R. Gumber, 84, of Chicago's Garfield Ridge community, died Monday at his home.

A funeral mass will be said at 11 a.m. today at St. Richard Church, 50th Street and Kostner Avenue, Chicago.

Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Justice.

Mr. Gumber was born on Feb. 13, 1917. He was a mail handler for LaSalle Bank in downtown Chicago. He also served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Gumber is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sophie Gumber; three sons, Joseph James and Robert Gumber; two brothers, Richard and Paul Gumber; three sisters, Catherine Schaefer, Ann Lynch, and Joan Dina; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Melinda Marie Miller
Medical secretary

Melinda Marie Miller (nee VanDera), 58, of New Lenox, died Saturday at her home.

A memorial service will be held from 2-9 p.m. Friday at Hickey Memorial Chapel, 442 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox.

Mrs. Miller was born on Oct. 19, 1942, in Harvey. She was a medical secretary.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband, James R. Miller; two daughters, Carrie Miller and Nicole Burney; three sons, Dean Ridder, Ross Ridder and Brian Miller; one sister; five brothers; and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Joliet Area Hospice, 335 W. Jefferson, Joliet, Ill., 60435.

Margaret H. Reed
Whiting Corp. worker

Margaret H. Reed, 88, of Harvey, died Monday at Prairie Manor Health Care Center in Chicago Heights.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Wyanet, Ill.

Burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery in Wyanet.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home, 649 E. 162nd St., South Holland.

She was born on Jan. 23, 1913, in Wyanet. She was a retired employee of the Whiting Corp. in Harvey and was a member of the business' Quarter Century group. She was also a member of Whiting Wheels of Yesteryear.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Fund Association.

Andrew Szczygiel Sr.
Cab driver

Andrew Szczygiel Sr., 58, of Marseilles, Ill., formerly of Chicago, died Monday at Edward Hospital in Naperville.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, 5088 S. Archer Ave., Chicago.

Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Szczygiel was born on March 28, 1943. He was a cab driver for Express Cab and a member of L.O.O.M., Berwyn chapter.

Mr. Szczygiel is survived by his wife, Partricia Szczygiel; three sons, Andrew Szczygiel Jr., Brian Szczygiel and Craig Szczygiel; a daughter, Dawn Szczygiel; a brother, Ted Szczygiel; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy K. Tropp
Homemaker

Dorothy K. Tropp, 77, of Blue Island, died Sunday at Bloomingdale Pavilion in Bloomingdale, Ill.

A funeral mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Benedict Church, Blue Island.

Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Hallinan Funeral Home, 2601 Vermont St., Blue Island.

Mrs. Tropp was born on Jan. 30, 1924, in Blue Island. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Benedict Chruch. 

Mrs. Tropp is survived by two sons, William Tropp and Rusell Tropp; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Saturday, August 12, 2000

Gladys M. Charles
Retired switchboard operator

Gladys M. Charles, 96, of Oak Lawn, formerly of Chicago, died Thursday at Concord Nursing Home in Oak Lawn.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. today at Calvary Lutheran Church, 6149 S. Kenneth Ave., Chicago.

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

Mrs. Charles was born July 9, 1904, in Albany, Wis. She worked as a switchboard operator for American Airlines. She was an avid member, greeter and group organizer of The Cove at Calvary Lutheran Church and volunteered at Holy Cross Hospital's Home Health Aid Program, the Greater Chicago Lawn Mental Health Center and was a delivery person for Meals On Wheels. 

Mrs. Charles also initiated the neighborhood watch program on her block. She was a member of the American Airlines Vanguard Group of retired employees.

She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Brassell of Wisconsin; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Ramsdorf of Palos Hills; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to Calvary Lutheran Church.

Arrangements made by King Brothers Funeral Directors in Chicago.

Nellie R. Decker
Homemaker

Nellie R. Decker (nee Rhoda), 81, of Oak Forest, died Friday at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave., Orland Park, with the Rev. Jacob Dykstra officiating.

Burial will be at Chapel Hill Gardens South in Oak Lawn. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Mrs. Decker was born Oct. 15, 1918, in Chicago. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Albert Decker; three daughters, Sherry Stuart of Oak Forest, Debbie Decker of Alabama and Patsy Deuter of Oak Forest; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials to Rest Haven Christian Services, 16250 Prince Drive, South Holland, and Bethshan Association, 12927 Monitor Ave., Crestwood, would be appreciated.

Helen A. Hultmark
Retired hair stylist

Helen A. Hultmark (nee Peterson), 85, of Chicago's Beverly community, died Thursday at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.

A funeral service will take place at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Salem Baptist Church in Orland Park with the Rev. David A. Hornok officiating.

Burial will be private. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave., Orland Park.

Mrs. Hultmark was born March 1, 1915, in Chicago. Previously of Chicago's Mt. Greenwood community, she had lived in the Beverly area for 17 years. 

Mrs. Hultmark was a member of the Home League of the Salvation Army and a member of Salem Baptist Church for more than 40 years. She received her hair stylist license at age 60 and worked at her own shop for about five years.

She is survived by two daughters, H. Arlene Boettcher of California and Lois Boele of Orland Park; three sons, Norman Boettcher of Carbondale, Drew Boettcher of Lombard and Edward Boettcher of Champaign.

Memorials to The Salvation Army, 11355 S. Central Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60655 would be appreciated.

Mildred Ann Johnson
Former clerk

Mildred Ann Johnson (nee McCue), 68, of Chicago's Beverly community, died Wednesday at home.

A funeral mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Cajetan Church, 11234 S. Artesian Ave., Chicago.

Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chicago.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Chicago and worked as a clerk at Education Depot, a teacher's store in Chicago.

She is survived by her husband, William C. Johnson; a daughter, Catherine A. Wisniewski of Chicago; four step-daughters, Mary Korhorn, Patricia Vasil, Kathleen Zanio and Nancy Ludwig; four step-sons, William L. Johnson, Michael J. Johnson, Daniel G. Johnson and Timothy J. Johnson; a sister, Eileen Banser of Elmhurst; a brother, Edward McCue of Chicago; and 19 grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to Marklund Children's Home, 164 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale, Il. 60108.

Arrangements made by Blake-Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn.

Michael J. Kircher
Pipefitter

Michael J. Kircher, 46, of Wilmington, formerly of South Holland, died Wednesday at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.

A private funeral mass will be said Saturday at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Orland Hills. A private burial will be held at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park. 

Visitation will also be private.

Mr. Kircher was born May 1, 1954, in Chicago. He was a pipefitter and a member of Local 597. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.

He is survived by his parents, Joseph and June Kircher of Tinley Park; and a brother, Mark Kircher of Tinley Park.

Steven F. Nikonchuk
Union painter

Steven F. Nikonchuk, 46, of New Lenox, died in a car accident Wednesday in Kimbell, Neb.

A funeral service will take place 8:15 p.m. Monday at Hickey Memorial Chapel, 442 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox. Visitation will be from 2 to 8:15 p.m. Monday at Hickey.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Nikonchuk was born Jan. 8, 1954, in Chicago. He worked as a union painter at Local 265 and was a booster for Lincoln-Way High School soccer and the Windy City Soccer Club.

He is survived by his wife, Renee Nikonchuk (nee Fletcher); two daughters, Emily Nikonchuk of New Lenox and Elyse Nikonchuk of New Lenox; two sons, Alex Nikonchuk of Norfolk, Va. and Scott Nikonchuk of New Lenox.

Dorothy Jean Sisk
Nursing home housekeeper

Dorothy Jean Sisk (nee Scheafer), 51, of Crete, formerly of Beecher, died Wednesday at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today at Crete Funeral Home, The Rev. Gary Harner will officiate.

Burial will be at Skyline Memorial Park Cemetery in Monee.

Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Sisk was born on Feb. 18, 1949, in Grenada, Miss. She worked as the lead housekeeper at the Anchorage at Beecher Nursing Home.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Sisk; three daughters, Theresa Sisk of Crete, Sheila Injeski of Calumet City and Tina Sisk of Crete; two sisters, Louise Denton of Tennessee and Betty Tholl of Indiana; two brothers, John Scheafer and Bee Scheafer both of Mississippi; and five grandchildren.

Esther Marie Steele
Homemaker

Esther Marie Steele (nee Westelin), 86, of Homewood, died Thursday at Applewood Living Center in Matteson.

A funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Tews Funeral Home, 18230 S. Dixie Highway, Homewood.

Burial will be at Oakridge Cemetery in Hillside.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Steele was born on March 11, 1914, in Chicago. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn and the Homemakers Extension.

She is survived by two daughters, Louise Gill of Tinley Park and Ruth Rice of New Mexico; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to Salem Lutheran Church, 18324 S. Ashland Ave., Homewood, 60430.


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