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Thursday, May 3, 2001

Thomas J. Boyce Jr.
Retired iron worker

Thomas J. Boyce Jr., 64, of Oak Lawn, died Tuesday at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.

A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Fabian Church, 8300 Thomas Ave., Bridgeview.

Burial will be private.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Hann Funeral Home, 8230 Harlem Ave., Bridgeview.

Mr. Boyce was born on Nov. 17, 1936. He was an iron worker until his retirement and was a member of Iron Workers Local 1. Mr. Boyce was also a Marine veteran.

Mr. Boyce is survived by two sisters, Celeste Bailey and Karen Endicott; a brother, Ronald Boyce; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Frieda S. Doermann
Centenarian

Frieda S. Doermann, 102, of Blue Island, died Sunday at Washington Jane Smith Home.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grove and Ann Streets, Blue Island.

Burial will be at First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Alsip.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday at Krueger Funeral Home, 13050 Greenwood Ave., Blue Island.

Ms. Doermann was born on Dec. 9, 1898, in Blue Island. She was a bookkeeper at a feed store until her retirement. Ms. Doermann was a lifelong member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Blue Island. She was also a member of Blue Island Women's Club and Apollo Chorus for many years. Ms. Doermann was also formerly employed by Kline Elevator of Blue Island.

Ms. Doermann is survived by three sisters, Hulda Doermann, Esther Grewenow and Gertrude Hepner; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Frieda and Hulda Doermann Fund at Lutheran Community Foundation, c/o First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

James Arthur Frank
Retired engineer

James Arthur Frank, 55, of Homewood, died Monday at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Orland Park First Korean United Methodist Church, 9955 W. 144th St., Orland Park.

Burial will be at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee.

Mr. Frank was born on Aug. 7, 1945, in Rolla, Mo. He was a engineer at Amoco Oil Co. until his retirement in 1994 after 27 years of service. Mr. Frank also served in the Army.

Mr. Frank is survived by his wife of 21 years, Suki Frank; a son, Christopher James Frank; two sisters, Ann Ellis and Carol Robinson; and two brothers, Eugene Frank and Jerry Frank.

August Johansen
Business owner

August Johansen, 88, of Lynwood, formerly of Lansing and Chicago's Roseland community, died Wednesday at Munster Community Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Thornridge Funeral Home, 15801 Cottage Grove Ave., Dolton.

Burial will be at Cedar Park Cemetery in Calumet Park.

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

Mr. Johansen was born on Jan. 27, 1913, in Chicago. He was the former owner and operator of Schmidt and Johansen Asphalt Paving Co. for 25 years in Chicago's Roseland community. He was also a long time active member of Bethany Community Church.

Mr. Johansen is survived by his wife, Althea A. Johansen; a daughter, Cheryl Paglia of Lynwood; two sons, Ronald Johansen and Gerald Johansen; and seven grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Community Church, 201st Street and Lakewood, Lynwood.

Edward L. Johnson
Business owner

Edward L. Johnson, 83, of Alsip, died Tuesday at Palos Community Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Colonial Chapel, 15525 73rd Ave., Tinley Park.

Burial will be at Chapel Hill Gardens South, Oak Lawn.

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

Mr. Johnson was born on July 23, 1917, in Chicago. He owned Franklin Cement Finishing and then owed and managed Melody Lane Mobile Home Park in Griffith, Ind. He was also an Army veteran.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Viola; two daughters, Judith Veenstra and Nancy Johnson; two sons, Edward Johnson and Larry Johnson; a sister, Helen Johnson; two brothers, Kenneth Johnson and James Johnson; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

C. Eugene Mudd
Painter and decorator

C. Eugene Mudd, 71, of Chicago Heights, formerly of Richton Park, died Monday at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 10th Avenue and Ashland, Chicago Heights.

Burial will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Flossmoor.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 54th and Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights.

Mr. Mudd was born on July 28, 1929 in Midland, Mich. He was a self-employed painter and decorator and operated Gene Mudd Decorating from 1970 to 1982. Mr. Mudd was also a Army veteran who served during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Steger American Legion and Lutheran Layman's League.

Mr. Mudd is survived by his wife, Marie E. Mudd; two daughters, Cathy Widuch and Diane Lewis; two stepdaughters, Susan Petit and Sandra Baig; a stepson, Paul Blakemore; two sisters, Marlene Schwalm and Cara Dickerman; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights.

Joseph T. Ramirez
Retired truck driver

Joseph T. Ramirez, 76, of Bullhead, Ariz., formerly of South Holland, died Friday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Thornridge Funeral Home, 15801 Cottage Grove Ave., Dolton.

Burial will be at Cedar Park Cemetery in Calumet Park.

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

Mr. Ramirez was born on April 23, 1924, in Brighton, Colo. He was a truck driver for Scot-Lad Foods until his retirement. Mr. Ramirez was also an Army veteran.

Mr. Ramirez is survived by his wife, Linda Ramirez; three daughters, Theresa Ramirez, Cheryl Garland and Deborah Mikels; three sons, Joseph L. Ramirez, James Ramirez, John T. Ramirez and Charles Ramirez; a stepdaughter, Wendy Gibson; two stepsons, Wade Ramsey and Wesley Easterberg; 10 grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.

Marjorie D. Tinken
Homemaker

Marjorie D. Tinken (nee Holmes), 79, of Blue Island, died Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Krueger Funeral Home, 13050 Greenwood Ave., Blue Island.

Burial will be at Chapel Hill Gardens South in Worth.

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

Mrs. Tinken was born on May 11, 1921, in Blue Island. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Tinken is survived by three sons, Tom, Patrick and Michael Tinken; three sisters, Lois Weber, Joan Dodoer and Patricia Peloquin; a brother, John; and six grandchildren. 

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Frank A. Vrtis
Manufacturer of blinds

Frank A. Vrtis, 83, of Justice, died Monday at LaGrange Hospital.

A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. today at St. Patricia Church, 9050 86th Ave., Hickory Hills.

Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

Mr. Vrtis was born on June 30, 1917 in Chicago. He was a manufacturer of blinds.

Mr. Vrtis is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Barbara Jaworek; and four grandchildren.

Monday, June 4, 2001

Eugene D. Colby
Retired Chicago police officer

Eugene D. Colby, 70, of Chetek, Wis., formerly of Chicago, died Thursday in Wisconsin.

A funeral service ill be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Terrence Church, 4300 119th Place, Alsip.

Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Becvar and Son Funeral Home, 5539 W. 127th St., Crestwood.

Mr. Colby was born on April 26, 1931, in Chicago. He was a retired Chicago police officer and served in the Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Colby is survived by his wife, Valerie A.; two daughters, Janet Colby and Linda Sawicki; two sons, David and Bruce Colby; a brother, John Colby; and six grandchildren.

Thomas F. Deegan
Retired English professor

Thomas F. Deegan, 62, of Hinsdale, formerly of Chicago, died Friday at LaGrange Hospital.

A funeral service ill be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn.

Burial will be at Mount Olivet in Chicago.

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

Mr. Deegan was born on April 7, 1939, in Chicago. He was a professor of English for 36 years at Saint Xavier University. A life long Chicago resident, he attended the Naval Academy, University of Illinois, University of Chicago and Northwestern University. He developed and was the director for the graduate English program at Saint Xavier. He taught 19th century English literature and film. He was active in the film community in the 1970s at Beverly Film. Mr. Deegan was a member of the Little Stabs of Happiness Cinematheque and "Cinamatheque's" at University of Illinois and Loyola University Chicago. He directed several short films and wrote a weekly movie column for the Southwest Sentinel newspaper. He edited Spinoza's Ethics from a translation by George Eliot and ran Saint Xavier's film society for many years. He traveled several times to England, Ireland and Italy and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Janice. He retired from Saint Xavier in 1998.

Mr. Deegan is survived by his wife of 30 years, Janice; two daughters, Aimee Deegan and Jennifer Smith; a son, Christopher Deegan; a sister, Joan Sudborough; and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to International Myeloma Foundation of Saint Thomas Hospice.

Wayne R. 'Duke' Melichar Sr.
Retired Chicago police officer

Wayne R. "Duke" Melichar Sr., 80, of Chicago, died Saturday at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.

A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Fisher Church, 10234 S. Washtenaw Ave., Chicago.

Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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

Mr. Melichar was born on Feb. 3, 1921, in Chicago. He was a retired Chicago police officer.

Mr. Melichar is survived by a son, Wayne R. Melichar Jr.; a sister, Ellen "Audry" Melichar; and five grandchildren.

Pauline R. Meyers
Homemaker

Pauline R. Meyers (nee Peterson), 82, of Chicago Heights, died Friday at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.

A service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Frankfort.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Meyers was born Feb. 5, 1919, in Wharton, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights.

She is survived by her husband, Harry; two sons, Chuck of Chicago Heights and Randy of Richton Park; two sisters, Violet Korenek of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Adele Schultz of El Campo, Texas; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Agnes Mikuszewski
Homemaker

Agnes Mikuszewski (nee Paizert), 80, of Orland Park, died Saturday at Olympia Fields Hospital.

A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Julie Billiart Church, 7399 159th St., Tinley Park.

Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Thornridge Funeral Home, 14318 LaGrange Road, Orland Park.

Mrs. Mikuszewski was born on April 6, 1921, in Germany. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was a member of St. Julie Billiart Senior Group and loved to travel. Mrs. Mikuszewski also loved her pet poodle.

Mrs. Mikuszewski is survived by her husband, Marion; two daughters, Doris Bugaris and Gina Herrig; a son, George Mikus; and eight grandchildren.

Ruth E. Totinka
Homemaker

Ruth T. Totinka (nee Deasy), 77, of Chicago's Garfield Ridge community, died May 23 at her home.

Mrs. Totinka was born March 1, 1924, in Chicago. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Totinka is survived by three sons, Joseph, James and John Totinka; two sisters, Myrtle Smid and Florence Farber; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were made by Ridge Funeral Home.


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