Eleanor B. Kukula (nee Gerkits)
Age 67. At rest Friday, July 16, 2004 at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center. Born in Chicago and a resident of the Joliet area since 1988. Mrs. Kukula enjoyed camping and being with her grandchildren.
Surviving are her loving husband, John Kukula of Channahon; three children, Stan (Barbara) Bierd of Orlando. FL, Dawn (Steven) Smith of Plainfield and Diana Hollister of Channahon; four grandchildren, Jonathon Bierd; Bailey and Morgan Smith; and Zoe Hollister; one brother, Harry Gerkits of California.
Preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Eleanor Gerkits; granddaughter, Chloe Hollister.
Funeral services for Eleanor B. Kukula will be Sunday, July 18, 2004 at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Private interment at St. Casimir Cemetery, Chicago. Visitation SUNDAY 12:00 noon until time of services at:
FRED C. DAMES FUNERAL HOME
3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet
Richard Carl Purcell
Age 29, of Mokena. Died suddenly on Friday, July 16, 2004.
Beloved son of Thomas and Rosemary Purcell; loving brother of Thomas (Kimberly), Sean (Mary) and Michael (Debra) Purcell, Rosemarie (Loren) Jones, Mary (Daniel) Ziccarelli, Anne (Ross) Trovato, Timothy (Julie) and Daniel Purcell and Margaret (Thomas) Ruane; caring uncle of 24 nieces and nephews; fond nephew of Greta (Dennis) Barrett, Richard (Sally) Prucell and Colleen Purcell.
He has left behind many dear friends. Richard was a graduate of St. Mary Elementary School, Providence Catholic High School and the University of Illinois at Champaign. Richard was a teacher at St. Mary School, coached volleyball at Providence High School, former Youth Minister at St. Mary Church, traveled extensively in Europe, was an avid bicyclist, history buff and an avid Cubs Fan.
Visitation Monday, July 19, 2004 from 2 to 9 PM at the Vandenberg Funeral Home, 19604 S. Wolf Rd, Mokena, IL. Lying in state Tuesday from 10 AM until time of Mass at 11 AM at St. Mary Church, 19515 115th St., Mokena, IL, 60448. Interment in St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Richard Purcell Memorial Scholarship Fund for St. Mary School would be appreciated. Richard, may God hold you in the palmof his hand. 708-479-1210 or www.vandenbergfunerals.com
Lynnett M. Rogers (nee Croy)
Age 31. Suddenly taken into God's arms Thursday, July 15, 2004.
Survived by her beloved husband of three years, William Rogers; parents, Wayne (Carla) Croy and LyAnn (George Barrowman; paternal grandparents, Hollis (Vivian) Croy; sisters, Sue (Mike) Alberico, Cheri (Mike) Reverie, Wendy (Bert) Parker and Dena Croy; two brothers, Matthew (Kali) Croy and Michael (Lisa) Barrowman. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Lee and Madeline Burgess; and paternal grandmother, Jessie Croy.
Lynnette was born in Dearborn, MI, resided in Minooka most of her lifetime, formerly of Morris, IL. Employed by Super Wal-Mart for the past five years.
TEZAK FUNERAL HOME
1211 Plainfield Rd. near Ingalls Ave
From where a chapel service will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 10 AM Pastor Greg Munyon of Larkin Baptist Church officiating. Interment Hills of Rest Cemetery. VISITATION and VIDEO TRIBUTE will be on Monday from 2 to 8 PM.
Edward John Rutkowski, Sr.
Age 84, of Lockport, July 16, 2004 at Joliet Area Community Hospice Home after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Alberta, Canada, residing in Lockport for the past 50 years. Employed by the Carpenter's Union, Local 62. Veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. Recipient of the Silver Star in Germany. Avid golfer, environmentalist, and a member of numerous environmental, community and veteran's organizations.
Preceded in death by his first wife, Dolores Rutkowski; his second wife, Darlene Rutkowski; and a brother, Henry Rutkowski.
Survived by two daughters, Janis (late Harold) Kevish-Perez and Marlene J. Booth, both of CA; a son, Edward J. (Shannon) Rutkowski of Coal City; four step daughters, Diane Marshall, Donna Schiltz, Sharon LaJuett and Cindy Allston; nine grandchildren, Brian and David Kevish, Crystal, Ryan and Aiden Rutkowski, Jesse Hernandez, Brett and Cara Marshall and Perry Alston; a sister-in-law, Florence Rutkowski of AR; loving and devoted friend, Lee Summey of Burbank; and dear friends, Mike and Ruth Sportiello and Vince LaBlanca.
Funeral services Wednesday, July 21, 2004, 10:30 AM at the Markiewicz Funeral Home, 108 Illinois St., Lemont. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday, 2 to 8 PM.
MARKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME
Linnea J. Schneider (nee Carlson)
Age 93, passed away Friday, July 16, 2004 at her home in Lockport.
She is survived by her son, Lee Schneider; and a daughter, Carole Schneider.
Born in Lockport, she lived in the area most of her life. She was a key punch operator for CB&Q Railroad, Standard Oil Company and WT Grant Department Store. She was a member of First Congregational Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gust and Selma Carlson; her husband, Edward Schneider; three sisters, Helen Petty, Frances Sly and Lillian Haberkorn; and a brother, Edwin Carlson.
Family will receive friends at the Goodale Memorial Chapel, 912 S. Hamilton St., Sunday 2 to 6 PM. Lying in state Monday, July 19, 2004, 10:30 AM until time of services at 11 AM at First Congregational Church with Rev. Julie-Ruth Harley officiating. Interment will be at Lockport City Cemetery. Memorials to Palos Community Hospital Hospice, Lockport Township Fire Department or the church would be appreciated.
GOODALE MEMORIAL CHAPEL
912 S. Hamilton St., Lockport
Florence M. Steffes (nee Gleason)
Age 91. Friday, July 16, 2004 at Provena Villa Franciscan. Born in Lockport and a long time Joliet area resident.
Survived by three daughters, Karen Ann Stanley of Colorado, Paula J. (William) Huska of Joliet and Michele S. (James) McCollow of Maplewood, MN; six grandchildren, Ken Stanley; Michael (Laurie) Huska; Christopher, Kathryn, Joseph and Carolyn McCollow; two great grandchildren, Brett Hale and Dylan Michael Huska; two sisters, Helen (late Gordon) Talbot and Doris (late John) Pohl both of Joliet. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Preceded in death by her husband, E.J. "Babe" Steffes; her parents, John and Anna (nee Seiler) Gleason; and two sisters, Hazel Freberg and Marjorie Baskerville.
Funeral services for Florence M. Steffes will be Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 9:15 AM from the funeral home chapel to the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus for a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 AM. Enshrinement Resurrection Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her memory to Joliet Area Community Hospice or Provena Villa Franciscan would be appreciated. Visitation Monday 3 to 9 PM at:
FRED C. DAMES FUNERAL HOME
3200 Black at Essington Rds.
Sophie Tkaczyk (nee Janosica)
Age 98 years. Monday, July 12, 2004 at her residence.
Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Tkaczyk (1981); an infant son, Raymond; her parents, Matthew and Anna Janosica; a sister, Anna (late Clarence) Troutman; a brother, Benedict Janosica; and a granddaughter, Maria Gordan.
Survived by two sons, Bernard (Joan) Tkaczyk and Bob Tkaczyk; three daughters, Dorothy (Eugene) Nonnie, Irene (late John) Gordan and Betty (Ron) Lindsay; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Born in Joliet, resident of Lockport for the past 13 years. Excellent gardener and cook. Very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she enjoyed cooking and caring for her family. She'll be greatly missed by everyone. A special thanks to her devoted care giver, Val.
Private funeral services for Sophie Tkaczyk were held Thursday, July 15, 2004 at St. Thaddeus Church. Interment SS. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery. Pisut Funeral Services in charge of Arrangements.
PISUT FUNERAL SERVICES
1211 Plainfield Rd, Joliet
Larry D. Werner
Age 62, of Braidwood, IL passed away Friday, July 16, 2004 at his home. Born November 14, 1941 in Joliet, IL to the late Lawrence M. and Winifred (nee Rodway) Werner.
Larry retired from Commonwealth Edison, Dresden Station in 1995, after 25 years of service. He was a member of IBEW Local #15. Larry enjoyed spending time with his family, his companions, Brandy and the late Dusty, gardening and the outdoors.
Survivors include his wife, Rita R. (nee Ryan) Werner, whom he married April 27, 1963 in Joliet, IL; two sons, Brian Werner of Bourbonnais, IL and Sean Werner of Braidwood; two daughters, Deborah (Dwayne) Barks of Braidwood and Cindy Werner of Bartlett, IL; and three grandchildren, Aileen Werner, Rachel Barks and Joshua Quinn.
Funeral services will be held from the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd. Braidwood Chapel, Tuesday, July 20 at 9:30 AM to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Braidwood at 10:00 AM for Mass of Christian Burial, with Rev. Steve Bondi, officiating. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery in Braidwood. Visitation will be Monday, July 19th from 4-8 PM.
All are invited to participate in recitation of the rosary led by the Legion of Mary from 3:30 to 4:00 PM on Monday. Memorials in Larry's name to the Joliet Area Community Hospice or the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church would be appreciated.
R.W. PATTERSON FUNERAL HOMES,
401 E. Main, Braidwood
Robert C. Wysocki "Bob"
Age 77. Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Chicago and a long time Joliet area resident. A United States WWII Army Veteran. Retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company after over 30 years of service. A life member of Cantigny Post VFW #367.
Other than his family, one of his greatest loves was a good game of golf. He was a loving husband and father whose special devotion to his wife was inspiring to all.
Survived by his wife of 53 years, Lorraine (nee Bersano) Wysocki of Joliet; two daughters, Karen (Rodney) Raspolich of Joliet and Cheryl (Rudy) Raspolich of Shorewood; six grandchildren, Emily (Mike) Serno, Elaina and Kayla Raspolich, Matthew (Heather), Lindsey and Robbie Raspolich; one great-granddaughter, Alyssa Serno; two brothers, Donald (Marie) Wysocki and Howard (Judy) Wysocki both of Arizona. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. A special thank you to all his friends and family, especially those who offered support during those difficult days.
Preceded in death by his parents and stepmother, Bea Jurman.
Funeral services for Robert C. Wysocki will be Monday, July 19, 2004 at 9:15 a.m. from the funeral home chapel to St. Ambrose Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army. Visitation Sunday 2-6 p.m. at:
FRED C. DAMES FUNERAL HOME
3200 BLACK AT ESSINGTON RDS.
Marie Ziech (nee Hoehn)
Age 102. Passed away Thursday, July 15, 2004 at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center. Born August 7, 1901 at Mason City Illinois to Fred and Magdalena (Lauterbach) Hoehn and was confirmed at New Holland (Illinois) Lutheran Church. She moved to Joliet in 1923 and was married to Fred Ziech at St. Peter Lutheran Church on November 24, 1934. She retired from Illinois Bell Telephone Co. in 1966 after 34 years of service. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and the Telephone Pioneers.
She is survived by two nieces, Patricia (Wayne) Eigenbrod of Mason City, IL and Barbara Smith of Springfield, IL; sisters-in-law, Esther Ziech and Lorine Ziech; brothers-in-law, Carl (Vivian) Ziech and Al Wilhelmi all of Joliet; 12 nephews, Dick and Allan Wilhelmi, Bruce, Bob, Kent, Jim, Tom, John, David, Dean and Doug Ziech and Ron Wieman.
Preceded in death by her husband, Fred (May 10, 1992); her parents; two sisters, Anna Smith and Lena Hoehn; three brothers, John, Fred and Martin Hoehn.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 19, 2004 at 10:30 AM at the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home with Rev. Lee Jany officiating. Interment Hills of Rest Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 3 to 7 PM. Memorials to St. Peter Lutheran Church would be appreciated.
1500 Black Rd., near Midland