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Dorothy E. Wood 
Thursday, September 2, 1999
Major Dorothy Elizabeth Wood a resident of Midlothian, formerly of the Village of Wood in Crete, died Monday, Aug. 30, in Midlothian.
A 12:30 p.m. funeral service will be conducted Saturday at Zimmerman & Sandeman Memorial Chapels in Oak Lawn. Interment will be in Oakridge Cemetery, Hillside.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Mrs. Wood was born March 11, 1910, in Topeka, Kan. She was retired from the Salvation Army after becoming an officer in June 1930, and serving in the Midwest until she was married in 1938. With her husband, she commanded corps in St. Cloud, Minn., East Chicago, Ind. and Danville; and was a member of the Council of Church Women and Eastern Star Chapter 854 in Danville. She became a licensing representative for day care centers for the State of Illinois after retirement; helped author the national Head Start Program, and was awarded by the State of Illinois by former Gov. Otto Kerner for her work; served with the Department of Aging to create present-day standards for nursing home care; gave testimony in the U.S. Senate and the Illinois Senate on early child care and geriatrics; and was past president of the Central Territory Retired Officers Fellowship of the Salvation Army.
She is survived by two daughters, Delores Brooks of Boise, Idaho and Dorothy (Louis) Brown of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; three sons, B. Martin Jr. (Carol) of DeSoto, Texas, Dwight (Mary Lou) of Glenwood and Daniel (Carol) of Claremont, Calif.; six sisters and brothers; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Salvation Army Major Booth Martin Wood Sr., died in 1976.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Margaret Garvey 
Thursday, September 2, 1999
Margaret "Maggie" Garvey, a resident of Chicago's Beverly community, died Saturday, Aug. 28, at her home.A memorial Mass was celebrated Wednesday at Christ the King Catholic Church, Chicago. 
Mrs. Garvey was born in Louisville, Ky., and was 57 years old. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Louisville in 1964; earned a degree in nursing in 1984 from Lewis University in Romeoville; began nursing at Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago, in the operating room; joined Northwestern Memorial Hospital after two years and remained on staff until December 1997; was active in both high school and college theater; was a professionally trained singer; a member of the Beverly Theater Guild; made costumes for the Beverly Pitt Players; and was a member of the Beverly Hills Juniors.
She is survived by her husband, her husband, Michael; three daughters, Debbie Garvey of San Jose, Calif., and Noelle Garvey and Lisa Garvey, both of Chicago; and her mother, Doris Weber of Oak Lawn.
Memorials may be made to the St. Ignatius College Prep financial aid program, 1076 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago 60608.
Arrangements are by by Heeney Funeral Home.

Emilio Valdez Jr. 
Sunday, July 2, 2000
Emilio Valdez Jr., a lifelong resident of Chicago Heights, died Wednesday, June 27, at VITAS Hospice, St. James Health Centers, Chicago Heights. 
A 10 a.m. funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Chicago Heights, with the Rev. Claudio Diaz officiating. Interment will be in Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood.
Visitation will be today from 2 to 9 p.m. at Smits Funeral Homes Steger Memorial Chapel, Steger.
Mr. Valdez was born Nov. 29, 1958, in Chicago Heights. He was a welder for Funk Forging in Chicago Heights. 
He is survived by two sons, Emilio III and Daniel, both of Chicago Heights; his parents, Emilio Sr. and Guadalupe of Chicago Heights; four sisters, Irene (Richard) Martinez of Chicago, Emma and Delia (Octavio) Rodriguez and Diane (Sean) Kesler, all of Chicago Heights; and three brothers, Joseph and Albert, both of Chicago Heights, and Victor of Portage, Ind.; and a dear friend, Bob Zubik of Portage, Ind. 
Memorials may be made to the family.

David P. Toscano Sr. 
Thursday, November 2, 2000
David P. Toscano Sr., a 37-year resident of Chicago Heights, formerly of Holland, Mich., died Sunday, Oct. 29, at St. James Hospital and Health Centers, Chicago Heights.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Hirsch Funeral Homes West End Chapel, Chicago Heights, with the Rev. William O'Connor of St. Paul Catholic Church, Chicago Heights, officiating.
Mr. Toscano was born Aug. 23, 1921, in Lyford, Texas. 
He is survived by his wife, Antonia (nee Olivia); three daughters, Sue Almanza of Plainwell, Mich. and Sylvia (Anthony) Tomas and Rosa Toscano, all of Chicago Heights; four sons, John (Charlene) of Hammond, Ind., Fred of Thornton, Colo., Ruben of Plainwell, Mich. and David Jr. of Chicago Heights; two sisters, Guadalupe Arana and Regina Toscano, both of Mexico; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

Bettye Hilliard 
Thursday, September 2, 1999
Bettye Hilliard (nee Reese), a resident of University Park, died Thursday, Aug. 26, at St. James Hospital and Health Centers, Chicago Heights.
An 11 a.m. funeral service will be conducted today at the Original Greater Rock MB Church, Chicago. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Chicago.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service today at the church.
Mrs. Hilliard was 77 years old.
She is survived by her husband, Earl; three daughters, Gwendolyn, Patricia and Pamela; two sons, Ronald and Stanley; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. James Hospice House, 1423 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights 60411. 
Arrangements are by Westgate Funeral Home, Chicago.

Floyd Colombatto Jr. 
Thursday, March 2, 2000
Floyd D. Colombatto Jr., a resident of Evergreen Park, died Saturday, Feb. 26, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bevier, Mo. Interment was in St. Charles Cemetery in Bevier, Mo.
Mr. Colombatto was born in Macon, Mo., and was 53 years old. He moved to Evergreen Park in 1979; worked as a coordinator for construction services at Little Company of Mary Hospital for the past 30 years; and was a U.S. veteranof the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Rhonddacq; a daughter, Heather Colombatto; his mother, Jennie Colombatto; and two brothers, Frank and Robert.
Memorials may be made to Little Company of Mary Hospital Cancer Center.
Arrangements were by King Brothers Funeral Directors.

William E. Perkins 
Thursday, September 2, 1999
William E. Perkins, a five-year resident of Park Forest, formerly of Matteson and Tinley Park, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, at home.
A 10 a.m. funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church, Matteson. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Hirsch Funeral Homes Lincolnway Chapel, Matteson.
Mr. Perkins was born April 22, 1920, in Chicago. He retired from Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago, with more than 35 years of service in 1983; was a former member of St. George Catholic Church in Tinley Park; and St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church in Matteson; and a U.S. veteran of World War II, serving as a fighter pilot.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine (nee Brya); a daughter, Sheila (Greg) Jakus of Tinley Park; three stepdaughters, Karen (Marc) Benoit of Mokena and Diane Laster and Michelle Gibson of Park Forest; three sons, William (Sherri) and Robert (Joyce) of Mokena and Terrance (Elizabeth) of Tinley Park; a brother, James (Rosemary) of Midlothian; and 15 grandchildren.
Memorials may be made in the form of prayers.

Shad Shea Shafer 
Thursday, March 2, 2000
Shad Shea Shafer, a resident of Homer Township, died Friday, Feb. 25, at the University of Chicago Hospital.
Private funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Gary Curl.
Mr. Shafer was born Dec. 7, 1979, in Minneapolis, Minn. He was a student.
He is survived by his mother, Tammy Shafer of Homer Township; a sister, Syddy Shafer of Homer Township; and his grandparents, Dean Partridge and Norma Fields.
Arrangements were by Thornridge Funeral Home, Orland Park.

Lucy D. Coppotelli 
Sunday, April 2, 2000
Lucy D. Coppotelli (nee Balassone), a 14-year resident of South Chicago Heights, formerly a longtime in Chicago Heights, died Thursday, March 30, at St. James Hospital and Health Centers, Chicago Heights.
A 10 a.m. funeral service will be conducted Monday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Chicago Heights, with the Rev. Charles Faso officiating. Interment will be in Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood.
Visitation will be today from 2 to 9 p.m. at Hirsch Funeral Homes West End Chapel, Chicago Heights.
The former Lucy Balassone was born March 6, 1920, in Italy. She was a homemaker; a member of the former St. Rocco Catholic Church; a member and past president of the Mother Cabrini Society; and a member of the Third Order.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Joseph) Faso of Glenwood and Marian (Paul) Tenhoopen of Naples, Fla.; two sons, Michael (Carla) of Rockford and Joseph (Denise) of Downers Grove; two brothers, Tony (Joyce) of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Guido (Mary Rose) of South Chicago Heights; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 
Her husband, Joseph, died in November 1985.

Grace Rose Hoynes-Cristelli 
Thursday, March 2, 2000
Grace Rose Hoynes-Cristelli (nee Cristelli), a one-year resident of Sauk Village, formerly of Chicago Heights, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood.
A 10 a.m. funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Park Forest, with the Rev. John Ryan officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Steger.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Hirsch Funeral Homes, West End Chapel, Chicago Heights.
The former Grace Cristelli was born June 6, 1958, in Chicago Heights. She was an administrative assistant at Services Exchange in Chicago Heights; a graduate of Mount Carmel Grade School and Bloom High School; a member of the former St. Rocco Catholic Church, Chicago Heights, and St. Mary Catholic Church in Park Forest.
She is survived by a daughter, Amanda Cristelli of Hammond, Ind.; a son, Adam Hoynes-Cristelli of Sauk Village; three brothers, Valentino Cristelli of Park Forest and Pasquale (Mary) and Michael (Juanita) Cristelli of Chicago Heights.

Robert C. Reilly 
Sunday, April 2, 2000
Robert C. Reilly, a resident of Oak Forest, died Thursday, March 30, at Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday with 9:30 a.m. prayers from Hickey Memorial Chapel, Midlothian, to a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Christopher Catholic Church, Midlothian. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth.
Visitation will be today from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Reilly was born Sept. 18, 1935, in Chicago. He was a truck driver; and a member of Teamsters Union Local 705.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia (nee McGuire); two daughters, Caryn (Carl) Schultz of Aurora and Lynn (Michael) Kirchhoff of Jacksonville; four sons, Robert Jr. (Mariann) of Homewood, Richard (Brenda) of Geneva, Ronald (Druanne) of Bridgeview and Brian (Lori) of Elmwood Park; his mother, Rose Reilly of Palos Park; a brother, Charles (Roberta) of Orland Park; and 11 grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Amanda Dawn Cooper 
Thursday, September 2, 1999
Amanda Dawn Cooper, a one-year resident of New Lenox, formerly five years in Mokena, died Sunday, Aug. 29, in New Lenox Township.
A 11 a.m. memorial service will be conducted today at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Frankfort, with the Rev. David Pattee officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Frankfort.
Amanda Dawn Cooper was born Oct. 11, 1979, in Joliet. She was a student at Joliet Junior College; a 1997 graduate of Lincolnway High School; a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ; Operation Snowball; and Drama Group.
She is survived by her parents, Gregory and Bonnie (nee Weichbrodt) Cooper of New Lenox; two sisters, Kim Seeman of Manteno and Margie (Guy) Christoffer of Pleasant View, Tenn.; a brother, David Atkins of Pleasant View, Tenn.; and her maternal grandparents Herman and Marie (nee Koerner) Weichbrodt of Frankfort.
Arrangements are by Gerardi Funeral Home, Frankfort.

Thomas Duffin 
Thursday, September 2, 1999
Brother Thomas Duffin, a resident of Burbank, died Monday, Aug. 30, at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.
A 1 p.m. funeral Mass will be celebrated today at Most Holy Redeemer Church, Evergreen Park. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth.
Brother Duffin was born April 7, 1944; was raised on Chicago's South Side; became a member of the brethren in 1961; taught at schools in Hawaii, Michigan and California before returning to Chicago; and taught theology at St. Laurence High School in Burbank for 17 years. He was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church; earned a bachelor's degree from Iona College in New York and a master's degree from the University of Detroit.
He is survived by two brothers, Jim of Joliet and Bob of Woodridge.

Eva J. Helmer 
Thursday, September 2, 1999
Eva J. Helmer, a 10-year resident of Chicago, formerly of Chicago Heights, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Edgewater Hospital, Chicago.
A noon funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Hirsch Funeral Homes West End Chapel, Chicago Heights.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Eva Helmer was born March 23, 1920, in Germany. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Raymond Saberniak 
Sunday, July 2, 2000
Raymond Saberniak, a resident of Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly of Steger and Crete, died Saturday, June 24, in Mesa, Ariz.
A funeral service was conducted Tuesday, June 27, at Mesa Care Chapel, Mesa, Ariz., with the Rev. Canon Raymond Dugan officiating. Interment was in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Ariz.
Mr. Saberniak was born March 11, 1920, in Crown Point, Ind. He was formerly employed by Inland Steel, East Chicago, Ind., for many years.
He is survived by a son, Tony (Anne) of Perkins, Okla.; a step-daughter, Elizabeth (George) Edwards of San Diego, Calif.; three stepsons, Fred (Sheila) Genzler of San Diego, Calif., John (Rita) Genzler of Park Forest and Edward (Harriet) of Crete; two sisters, Lucille and Mary Ann; two brothers, Clarence and Anton; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
His wife, Sarah, died May 31, 2000.
Memorials may be made to Odyssey House Hospice, 6215 E. Arbor Dr., Mesa, Ariz., 85206.

Martha C. Armstrong 
Thursday, September 2, 1999
Martha C. Armstrong, a resident of Traverse City, Mich., formerly of Chicago Heights, died Sunday, Aug. 8, in Traverse City.
A 10:30 a.m. memorial service will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 11, at St. Paul Community Church, Homewood, with the Rev. Jay Groat officiating.
Martha Armstrong was born June 28, 1923, in Chicago. She was retired as a reference librarian from Governors State University; and a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
She is survived by a daughter, Donna Armstrong of Traverse City, Mich.; a brother, Gregory (Dorothy) Collier of Onarga; two nieces, Mary Beth Collier and Kristy Armstrong; and a nephew, Mark Collier.
Her husband, Donald, died Jan. 3, 1999.
Memorials may be made to Munson Hospice, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, Mich. 49684.
Arrangements were handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City, Mich.


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