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Miscellaneous Cook County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices
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Stephen P. Homerding
Retired farmer and truck driver
Stephen P. Homerding, 84, of Plainfield, died Monday at his home. A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Andrew Church, 219 Arlington Drive, Romeoville. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Lockport. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at O'Neil Funeral Home, 1105 Ninth St., Lockport. Mr. Homerding was born in Lemont and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired farmer and livestock truck driver for many years until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 300 in Joliet and he served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Homerding is survived by his wife, Margaret "Peg"; three daughters, Gail Norton of Seneca, Linda Homerding of Plainfield and Rebecca Braasch of Lockport; two sons, Mark Homerding of Minooka and Jeffrey Homerding of Plainfield; two brothers, Cletus Homerding of Plainfield and Robert Homerding of Lockport; a sister, Anna Marie Wallin of Morris; a sister-in-law, Loretta Lambert of Plainfield; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Pub. Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Charles E. Koszut
Retired engineer
Charles E. Koszut, 78, of Tinley Park, died Saturday at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights. A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Julie Billiart Church, 7399 159th St., Tinley Park. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Hirsch Memorial Chapel, 7151 183rd St., Tinley Park. Mr. Koszut was born Sept. 2, 1923, in Chicago. He was an engineer with Ingersoll/Borg-Warner in Chicago until his retirement in 1983 after 42 years of service. He was a member of St. Julie Billiart Church. He was a former member of the Blue Island VFW, 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus and the Seven Holy Founders Church in Calumet Park. Mr. Koszut was an avid golfer and bridge player. He also loved to read. Mr. Koszut was a corporal in the Army during World War II. Mr. Koszut is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lorraine; four daughters, Diane Lieb, Donna Lewter, Karla Toomey and Francine Moran; two sisters, Florence Koszut and Tillie Harroun; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Memorials may be made to the Children's Research Foundation, P.O. Box 205, Clarendon Hills, IL 60515.
Pub. Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Robert P. Kough
Retired salesman
Robert P. Kough, 68, of Orland Park, died Saturday at his home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Forest United Methodist Church, 159th Street and Lorel Avenue, Oak Forest. Mr. Kough was born Aug. 10, 1933, in Blue Island. He was a sales representative for Audio Visual Aids. He lived in Orland Park since 1994 and formerly lived in Oak Forest for 35 years. He was a member of Oak Forest United Methodist Church. Mr. Kough is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary L.; a daughter, Kathy A. Notestein of Oak Forest; two sons, James R. Kough of Tinley Park and David A. Kough of Richton Park; a sister, Nancy Gramenz of Mound, Minn.; and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Oak Forest United Methodist Church.
Pub. Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Anna Romito Lavish
Homemaker
Anna Romito Lavish, nee Grossi, 93, of Chicago Heights, died Sunday at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Kieran Church, 195th and Halsted streets, Chicago Heights. Burial will be at Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 14th St., Chicago Heights. Mrs. Lavish was born Aug. 16, 1908, in Chicago Heights. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Lavish is survived by four daughters, Mary Biasella of Chicago Heights, Sue Cotton of Bartlett, Janet Rosati of Crystal Lake and Frances Anderson of Sacramento, Calif.; two sons, Frank Romito of Pinellas Park, Fla., and Anthony Romito of Westchester; three sisters, Antionette Soeffel, Lillian Ransome and Rose Visone; two brothers, Dominick Grossi and Adam Grossi; 23 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Pub. Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Mary A. Sefcik
Housekeeper
Mary A. Sefcik, nee Onchak, 81, of Joliet, died Saturday at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. A funeral mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bernard Church, Joliet. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at O'Neil Funeral Home, 1105 Ninth St., Lockport. Mrs. Sefcik was a lifelong Joliet resident. She worked at Silver Cross Hospital in the housekeeping department for several years. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church Mothers' Club and the Altar and Rosary Society. Mrs. Sefcik attended Sts. Cyril and Methodius Grade School and Joliet Township High School. Mrs. Sefcik is survived by a daughter, Jane Prieboy of Plainfield; two brothers, Joseph Sefcik of Joliet and George Sefcik of Crete; two sisters, Lillian Hulbert of Joliet and Sophie Sefcik of Joliet; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Rolih of Joliet and Julie Sefcik of Joliet; a granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to St. Bernard Church.
Pub. Tuesday, October 2, 2001

John Yatka
Former business owner
John Yatka, 85, of Homewood, formerly of Chicago Heights, died Saturday at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10th Street and Ashland Avenue, Chicago heights. Burial will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Flossmoor. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Mr. Yatka was born July 17, 1916, in Blue Island. He was a retired administrator at Stauffer Chemical Co. in Chicago Heights and formerly owned and operated Yatka's Neighborhood Grocery Store in Chicago Heights. He was a member of VFW Post 2825. Mr. Yatka served in the Army during World War II and served as past commander of American Legion Unit 127 in Orange, Conn. Mr. Yatka is survived by two sons, Robert Yatka of Orland Park and William Yatka of Orland Park; a sister, Helen Korbakes; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Pub. Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Frank J. Zator
Former business president
Frank J. Zator, 63, of Palos Park, died Saturday at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights. A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael Church, 14327 Highland Ave., Orland Park. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Colonial Chapel, 15525 73rd Ave., Orland Park. Mr. Zator was born Feb. 28, 1938, in Chicago. He was retired from the electronics industry where he served as president of an electronics company. He also served in the Army. Mr. Zator is survived by his wife, Marlene M.; three sons, Jeff Zator, Kevin Zator and Mark Zator; a brother, Dennis Zator; a sister-in-law, Beverly Pareti; two brothers-in-law, Will Sutter and Ray Pareti; and a grandson.
Pub. Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Keith F. Altringer
Foreman
Keith F. Altringer of Lemont died Feb. 25 in Lemont. Arrangements were by Petkus Lemont Funeral Home, Lemont. Interment was in Mount Vernon Memorial Estates, Lemont. Mr. Altringer was born Dec. 19, 1940, in Chicago. He was a forgeshop foreman. He is survived by his wife Audrey and sister Lois Wade.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Patrick Augustus
Ford Heights resident
Patrick Augustus of Ford Heights died Feb. 21 at St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Chicago Heights. Arrangements were by McCullough Funeral Home, Ford Heights. Mr. Augustus was born June 29, 1910, in Alabama. He is survived by his wife Daisy; daughters Naomi (Willie) Crawford of Ford Heights; son Patrick (Jerrie) Jr. of Ohio; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Stanislaw Bafia
Machinist
Stanislaw Bafia, 38, of Chicago, died Tuesday. A funeral mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Camillus Church, 5426 S. Lockwood, Chicago. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, 5088 Archer Ave., Chicago. Mr. Bafia was born in Gronkow, Poland. He was a machinist for Jernberg Company in Chicago. Mr. Bafia is survived by his wife, Maria Bafia; two daughters, Patricia Bafia and Nathalia Bafia; his parents, Marian and Helena Bafia; a sister, Maria Zaborski; a brother, Adam Bafia; and family in Poland.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Luis Castro
Retired crane operator
Luis Castro, 75, of Blue Island, died Wednesday at his home. A funeral mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Benedict Church, 2339 York St., Blue Island. Mr. Castro was born on July 8, 1925. He was a retired crane operator in Alsip. Mr. Castro is survived by his wife of 50 years, Liduvina Castro; three daughters, Marcie Arroyo of Blue Island, Louvina Gonzalez of Blue Island and Luci Mendez of Midlothian; two sons, Luis Castro of Alsip and Gavino Castro of Tinley Park; and 12 grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the St. Francis Hospice. Funeral arrangements were handled by Krueger Funeral Home.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Anthony N. Foy
Infant
Infant Anthony Nicholas Foy was born and died Feb. 23 at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. Arrangements were by Tews Funeral Home, Homewood. Interment was in Homewood Memorial Gardens. Besides his parents Nicholas and Angela of Manteno, he is survived by brother Michael of Manteno; maternal grandmother Julianne Borrelli of Westmont; maternal grandfather William (Kelly) Klaff of Tinley Park; paternal grandparents John and Patricia of Frankfort; great-grandparents Thomas and Mary Malia of Frankfort, and Melvin and Earline Klaff of Tinley Park, and great-grandmothers Nadine Foy of Creal Springs and Carol Chiaramonte of Tinley Park.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Rose Gair
Homemaker
Rose Gair (nee Bricker) of Flossmoor died Feb. 24 at Manor Care Health Center in South Holland. Interment was in Westlawn Cemetery, Chicago. Arrangements were by Tews Funeral Home, Homewood. Mrs. Gair was born July 15, 1903, in New York. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her son Seymour (Helen) of Glenwood, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband George and daughter Sondra.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Edward R. Jensen
Retired truck driver
Edward R. Jensen, 78, of Tinley Park, formerly of Chicago's Garfield Ridge community, died Tuesday at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights. A funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Brady-Gill Funeral Home, 16600 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. Burial will be private. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mr. Jensen was born on Sept. 24, 1922 in Chicago. He worked as a truck driver for 30 years at Advance Transportation in Cicero until his retirement in 1985. Mr. Jensen was also a member of the Vintage Car Association. Mr. Jensen is survived by four daughters, Penny Morgan of Tinley Park, Patsy Magnuson of Carbondale, Ill., Roxanne Peterson of Tinley Park, and Pamela Burgert of Tinley Park; two sons, Richard Jensen of Tinley Park and Edward Jensen of Monee; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Crudie Johnson
Hines Hospital employee
Crudie Johnson (nee Turner) of Chicago Heights died Feb. 21 at Woodside Manor Nursing in South Chicago Heights. Arrangements were by Alonzo Davis Funeral Home, Chicago Heights. Interment was in Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens, Glenwood. Mrs. Johnson was born Dec. 2, 1902, in Kentucky. She was retired from Hines Veterans Hospital. She is survived her sister-in-law Frankie Turner, and one niece.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Thomas Francis Kelly Jr.
Real estate agent
Thomas Francis Kelly Jr., 65, of the south suburbs, died Wednesday at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey. A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. James Church, 223rd and Torrence, Sauk Village. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main St., Crete. Mr. Kelly was born on Nov. 5, 1935 in Chicago. He was a real estate agent at REMAX South East Lansing office. Mr. Kelly also served in the National Guard. Mr. Kelly is survived by a sister, Mary Frances Nolan of Crete; two nieces and two nephews.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Sebastian Kurczak
Machinist
Sebastian Kurczak, 80, of Chicago, died Wednesday. A funeral mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Richard Church, 5032 S. Kostner, Chicago. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, 5088 Archer Ave., Chicago. Mr. Kurczak was born in Rzupiska, Poland. He worked as a machinist for Key Manufacturing. Mr. Kurczak is survived by his wife, Maria Kurczak; a daughter, Anna Rimsky; a brother, Alojzy Kurczak; a sister, Helena Solus; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Gladys O'Connor
Owned news agency
Gladys O'Connor (nee Robinson) of Chicago Heights died Feb. 23. Arrangements were by Tews Funeral Home, Homewood. Mrs. O'Connor was born Jan. 24, 1899, in Chicago. She was owner of a news agency and a member of Olympia Fields Country Club. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband James died in 1973.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Margaret E. Peterson
Homemaker
Margaret E. Peterson (nee Sternberger), 84, of Orland Park, died Thursday at Palos Community Hospital. A service will be at 9:15 a.m. Monday at Blake-Lamb/Becvar Funeral Home, 11201 S. Harlem Ave., Worth. A mass will be said at 10 a.m. at St. Julie Billiart Church, 7399 W. 159th St., Tinley Park. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Peterson was born July 22, 1916, in Chicago. She was a homemaker. She is survived by five sons, Larry (Rebecca), Robert (Carol), Dennis (Joan), John (Deborah) and Donald (Debra); a sister, Mildred; 13 grandchildren, Daniel, Lynn, Lisa, Kimberly, Kevin, Amy, Tina, Chrissy, Dawn, Kurt, Eric, Faith and Hope; seven great-grandchildren, Oliva, Mitchell, Andrea, Kathryn, Lauryn, Jacob and Jessica; and many nieces and nephews including, James, Edward, Martin, Daniel and Peggy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, and by siblings Dottie, Eileen, Mary and Charles.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Dorothy M. Prescott
Secretary
Dorothy M. Prescott (nee Kurowski) of Tinley Park died Feb. 24 at Lexington Nursing Home in Orland Park. Arrangements were by Hirsch Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, Tinley Park. Interment was in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. Mrs. Prescott was born Dec. 14, 1937, in Chicago. She was a secretary, and member of First Baptist Church in Tinley Park. She is survived by her mother Tillie Kurowski; sister Dolores (John) Goddard of Tinley Park; brothers Ron Kurowski of Tinley Park and Ken (Ginny) Kurowski of Park Forest. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Anna Prince
Homemaker
Anna Prince, 88, of Bolingbrook, died Wednesday at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill. A funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at McCauley Funeral Chapel, 530 W. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Burial will be at Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park. Visitation will be from 2 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Prince was born on July 26, 1912 in Chicago. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Prince is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Salvador Rocha
Former Chicago Heights resident
Salvador Rocha, 62, of Arandas Jalisco, Mexico, formerly of Chicago Heights, died Feb. 10. A memorial service will be held at noon March 10 at St. Paul Church, 206 25th St., in Chicago Heights. Mr. Rocha was born on June 5, 1938 in Mexico. Mr. Rocha is survived by his wife, Maria Meza Camarena; two daughters, Teresa Bagatella of Chicago Heights and Celina Rocha of Chicago Heights; two sons, Salvador Roca Jr. of Steger and Peter Rocha of Chicago Heights; two sisters, Guadalupe Hernandez of Mexico and Lydia Lopez of California; a brother, Jose Rocha of California; and seven grandchildren.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Edytha J. Soukup
Homemaker
Edytha J. Soukup (nee Bryer), 92, of Alsip, died Tuesday at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Colonial Chapel, 15525 73rd Ave., Orland Park. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Chicago. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Soukup was born on June 13, 1908. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Soukup is survived by a daughter, Barbara Borgman of Alsip; a brother, Cecil J. Bryer of Elgin; and a sister, Dorothy Yarnell of Park Forest.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Thomas Wash
Student
Thomas Wash of Ford Heights died Feb. 17 at St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Olympia Fields. Arrangements were by McCullough Funeral Home, Ford Heights. Interment was in Mount Glenwood Cemetery, Glenwood. Mr. Wash was a student. He was born Nov. 22, 1985, in Chicago Heights. He is survived by his mother Daphne; sisters Ta'Porsha, Tysha and Turquoise, all of Ford Heights, and brother Tyshawn of Ford Heights.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001

Edith L. Wyant
Bookkeeper
Edith L. "Toppy" Wyant of Momence, formerly of Chicago Heights, died Feb. 24 at Momence Meadows Nursing Center, Momence. Arrangements were by Cotter Funeral Home, Momence. Edith Wyant was born April 23, 1927, in Momence. She was retired as a bookkeeper for the Mackin Corporation in Momence, worked for the water and sewer department for the city of Momence, and for the Indiana Department of Children and Family Services. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Momence. She is survived by her sisters Leita Baker of Chicago Heights, Iris Dennie of Momence, and Cleora Campbell of Florida; brother Ray Wyant of Kankakee.
Pub. Friday, March 2, 2001


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