Obituaries

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Greta Obereiner

December 12, 1933 - December 6, 2021

Greta Obereiner, age 87, a resident of Bloomingdale, IL, died Monday, December 6, 2021, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Kalwaria, Lithuana on December 12, 1933 to Edward Papendik and Anna Papendik, nee Pritzkat.

Greta immigrated to the United States in 1952. On September 25, 1954 she married August Obereiner, Jr. in Chicago, IL. She worked numerous jobs before retiring in 1987 after contracting Guillian-Barre syndrome.

           

She is survived by her son, Willy (Kelly) Obereiner; her three daughters, Marianne (Mark) Smith, Greta Obereiner, and Doreen Obereiner; her daughter-in-law Loretta Obereiner; grandsons, Jason (Kim), Joshua, Adam, Ryan (Laura), Aric and Tyler; and granddaughter, Erika (Joshua) Johnson; great grandsons, Jaxson, Mason, Jonah, and Colten; and great granddaughters, Josie and Isabella; her sisters, Lydia Grau, Lilly Holzerger, and Helen (Ben) Maggio; and many nieces and nephews.

           

She was preceded in death by her husband, August Obereiner, Jr.; her son, Bernard Obereiner; and her sister, Maria Weiher.

           

A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until the start of a memorial service to be held at 3:00 p.m. at Jubilee Bible Church, 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, IL. Interment will be private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL,

           

Memorial gifts may be directed to Jubilee Bible Church, 900 Foster Avenue, Medinah, IL 60157.

 

Visitation and Memorial Service:

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Visitation: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Memorial Services: 3 p.m.

Jubilee Bible Church

900 Foster Avenue

Medinah, IL 60157

 
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Lillian Kochinsky LeCoure

August 28, 1931 - December 2, 2021

Lillian Kochinsky LeCoure was born August 28, 1931, to the late Harvey Kochinsky and Daisy Wheeler Kochinsky on Old River in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. In her family she was affectionately known as “Sissy”.

 

Sissy attended and graduated in May of 1950 from Holy Rosary in Lafayette, Louisiana of which she was such a proud Alumni. She was captain of the basketball and tennis teams. She was always willing to show her shooting skills to boys who played in the alley on Adams Street. She was also a wonderful dancer. When she would enter a dance hall with her brother Harvey, everyone would clear the floor.

 

She moved to Chicago in 1951. She began dating Joseph (Bud) Calvin LeCoure who had also relocated from her hometown area. They were married on August 2, 1952 at Saint Agatha Church. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this year. Sissy and Bud were blessed with five children. They settled on the westside of Chicago and spent most of their lives on Adams Street.

 

She will be fondly remembered for her no-nonsense attitude toward life. This led to her many accomplishments. She worked at Sears Roebuck & Co for 25 years. She was active at St. Mel’s/St. Martin DePorres Church where she was on the Credit Union board and was a member of the Ladies Guild. She was the fiercely protective matriarch to all who lived at and visited the Adams Street home. Many sought her advice because she always told you what you needed to hear and not what you wanted to hear. Lillian was very sharp which allowed her to quickly read into any situation with a razor sharp wit that left those around her laughing. Her many witticisms will never be forgotten.

On December 2, 2021, the Good Lord called and she was ready.

 

Lillian was proceeded in death by her son Rodney LeCoure, two great grandchildren, Aylissa Below, Joshua Hargrave, two sisters, Elvina Kochinsky and Daisy Sarpy, three brothers, John Kochinsky, Larry Kochinsky and Gene Kochinsky.

She is survived by her husband Joseph Calvin, her children Angelique Parker (Michael), Joseph (Linda), Alesia Nelson (Dennis), Eric and daughter in law Cynthia. 17 grandchildren – Elvina Hargrave, William Hargrave, Ariel Hargrave, Michael Parker, John Paul LeCoure, Denise Nelson, Daphne Nelson, Sharonda LeCoure, Sharmin LeCoure, Pierre LeCoure, Tefanie Below, Brandy LeCoure, Rodney LeCoure, Slayter LeCoure, Erica LeCoure, Elise LeCoure and Eric LeCoure Jr., 27 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren. Her siblings, Doris Kochinsky, Janet Jones and Harvey Kochinsky. Four brother in laws and six sister in laws and so many nieces and nephews that she always had a special bond with, especially the Adams kids.

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Nancy Marie Salerno-Kingsmill

June 24, 1962 - November 19, 2021

She is survived by her two children Anthony and Gianna and her 4 grandchildren Annaliese, Anthony James, Ava Jayde, and Elighjah. She has joined her late husband Tony up in heaven. She was loved by her many brothers Chuck, Kenny, Anthony, David, Michael, Frank, Steven, and John.  She was adored by her many nieces and nephews as well as her goddaughters Samantha Micele and Michelle Salerno.

She will be remembered for her big hair, makeup, and love for candles. She wore her heart on her sleeve and cares those around her. She will be greatly missed by all of those that around her.

 
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Norma Theresa Mullon

Passed away on 10/2/2021

Memorial Service

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

Visitation 9:30 AM

Mass 11:00 AM

St. Ailbe Catholic Church

9015 South Harper Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60619

Interment 

St Mary Cemetery, 87th & Hamlin, Evergreen Park Illinois.

 

Norma Theresa “Topsy” Balthazar Mullon was born on January 12, 1936 to Bernard Balthazar Sr. and Theresa LaCour Balthazar in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She was baptized at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Natchitoches. 

Norma was affectionately called “Topsy” by her family and friends from Natchitoches. That nickname was given to her because her dad would take her for drives thru Natchitoches in his car when she was a toddler. She was so little, all people could see when they drove past was the top of her head. So, everyone called her Topsy. Those of you from Natchitoches know that virtually everyone had a nickname. At times it was hard to remember their real name. 

She graduated from St. Anthony School in Natchitoches and Holy Rosary High School in Lafayette, Louisiana. She then attended St. Mary School of Nursing in St Louis, Missouri and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1957. In 1978, obtained her B.S. in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier in Joliet Illinois. A firm believer in both the power of education and the Catholic religion, Norma also received a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in 2002.

After graduation from St. Mary’s, Norma moved to Chicago and worked as a RN at Michael Reese Hospital. She then met the love of her life, Joseph B. Mullon Jr. in Chicago and married on April 7, 1958. 

Four children were born to this union: Joseph III, Wayne, Cecilia and Gregory. In 1968, her youngest child Gregory, died from walking pneumonia at the age of 4. That was a terrible loss however the family kept his memory alive.

Once her children got older, Norma started working as a Nurse again. She worked at several places throughout her career: South Chicago Hospital, Jackson Park Hospital, Michael Reese Hospital, BMO Harris Bank as Director of Medical Services and -retired as a Chicago Public School District Nurse. 

Norma was a devoted Catholic since childhood. She was a Eucharistic Minister, Lecturer, and active on many of the church committees beginning with her arrival at St. Ailbe Church in August 1966 to her relocation to California in July 2020.  Norma, Lady of Grace, Ladies of Peter Claver, 4th Degree, Court 181 was an avid member of the St. Ailbe/St. Felicitas Court No. 181 of the Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver for many years. She was also instrumental in starting the Illinois Chapter of Compassionate Friends, an organization that helps families deal with the loss of a child. This was done in memory of her son, Gregory.

Norma was a very giving person and helped anyone she could. She truly cared for others and cherished her family and friends.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband Joseph B Mullon Jr, son Gregory Mullon, parents Bernard Balthazar and Theresa LaCour Balthazar, and brothers Bernard and Hal Joe Balthazar. She leaves to mourn her passing: her children, Joseph B. Mullon III, Wayne Anthony Mullon (Joy), and Cecilia Theresa Mullon; grandchildren Felicia Maria Mullon, Joseph B. Mullon IV, Danielle Theresa Mullon, Justin Metoyer Mullon (Tami), Gregory Joseph Mullon (Soraya), Anthony Metoyer Mullon; great grandchildren Anna, Cesar and Gabrielle Saenz, Hallie Hope Metoyer, Zella Metoyer Mullon and Xiomara McCune Mullon; brother Alphonse Balthazar(Anna Dell);  sister Beverly Balthazar Dodd; nieces and nephews Marquita Domingue, Charlie Domingue, Lisa Balthazar Slater (Matt), Mark Balthazar, Diane Dodd (Cheri Estelle) , Fred Dodd, Monica Dodd, Ashley Balthazar and Sean Balthazar. In addition to many great nieces, nephews, cousins, other extended family members, and friends.

Norma was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all her life touched.

The service and ceremony will be streamed and can be accessed here:

https://www.facebook.com/StKatharineDrexelParishChgo/live

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Peggy Ann Grabanski

Passed away on 4/20/2021

Peggy Ann Grabanski, age 82 of Northlake, IL, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021. She passed the same way she lived life, full of fire and grace and with her family. Peggy was full of country charm and big city style and will truly be missed by all. 

 

Peggy is survived by her husband, Ronald Grabanski with whom they shared 31 years together. 

 

She leaves behind her four beloved children: Debby Wright, Rhonda Prete, Vickie Bologna (Bob) and Matthew Marchiando Jr.

 

She will be cherished forever by her grandchildren: Nichole Williams (Tim), Cherise Byone (Jason), Bobby Bologna, Daryl Wright, David Wright, and Matthew Marchiando III and by her precious great grandchildren: Tyler Byone, Tylor Williams, Brooklyn Byone, Lailah Bologna, Wesley Byone, Zachary Byone and Tillie Williams who all brought her so much joy. 

 

Nephews: Buddy Mayes (Camille), Danny Mayes, and Don Mayes (Diane) and niece Lana Gail Hernandez (Santos) along with so many cousins. 

 

Peggy was welcomed home into heaven by her parents Alma Bradford and Wallace Bunnell of Alabama, her sister Helen Mayes (Martin Mayes), her first born grandson Danny Wright and her niece Deloise Mayes.

 

She began her career at Essex Electro in Schaumburg in 1988 until her retirement in 2015. During this time the friendships made there and in her community were unmatched. With her longest friendship spanning almost 70 years to her best friend Peggy Jackson. 

 

Peggy’s memorial will begin 3pm, April 28th, 2021 at Apostles Lutheran Church, 10429 W. Fullerton (just west of Mannheim) Melrose Park IL, followed by a church beginning at 5:30pm. 

 

In accordance with CDC Covid Guidelines, everyone attending will be required to properly wear a facial mask and observe social distancing.

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Jeanette Ostrowsky

Passed away on 1/23/2021

Jeanette Ostrowsky, 82, of Palatine, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly on 01/23/2021 at her home.


Jeanette was born in 1938 to the late Joseph Kosciwkeiwicz and Gabriela (Klimowicz) Kosciukiewicz, in Naliboki, Poland.


In 1943, during WWII, Jeanette and her family were deported from Poland and put into labor camps in Austria. In 1949 they arrived in America and Jeanette moved to Chicago in 1957.


It was in Chicago that Jeanette met Zenon “Z” Ostrowsky. They were married on April 20 th , 1964.


Together they raised three children: Annette, Karla, and Michelle. In 1975 the family moved to Palatine, Illinois where she resided until her death.


Jeanette had a variety of occupations including reservationist, dance teacher and even a can-can dancer in Alaska. Most of her career was at Wabash IPM where she was an AR Specialist for 30 years. She then worked with her daughter, Michelle, at Marshall Salon Services and retired in 2011.


She was an active member of St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, and enjoyed attending their Polish masses on Sundays.


Jeanette was a beautiful, kindhearted woman, with a big heart who always put others before herself.


She was a dedicated mother and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter, Madison, who was the light of her life.
 

Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Zenon “Z” Ostrowsky; sister, Halina Przybylski; daughter, Annette Excell; and daughter, Karla Breedlove.
Survivors of Jeanette include her daughter, Michelle (Steve) Ostrowsky-Stunkel; granddaughter, Madison Michelle Stunkel; and nephew, Robert Przybylski.

 

Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass on Saturday, February 27 th at 10:00am in St Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church, 1201 E Anderson Drive, Palatine

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Lisa C. McGuire

Passed away on 12/30/2020

Wednesday, December 30 2020, the life of Lisa C. McGuire (nee Capiz) was cut short. The free-spirited, benevolent, mother, daughter, sister, partner and friend, was born October 8, 1968 to Rudy Capiz (deceased) and Dee Capiz. She leaves behind her two children Paige Adam (nee McGuire) and Sean Bayard, her siblings Ron and Luann (Aunt Lupe), and her ever patient  partner David. She was loved and will be missed by them all, and is especially loved and will be forever missed by her partner David, who was with her and loved her for over a decade. 

 

Lisa's wish was to not have a viewing, and a celebration of life will be scheduled for Summer 2021, near the birthdate of Lisa's late father, Rudy Capiz. 

 

Any cards or condolences can be addressed to Sean P. Bayard at 4232 N. Troy, 2, Chicago IL 60618 or electronically at lisa.crystal.rip@gmail.com. Please email if interested in updates on the celebration of life. 

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William "Bill" J. Oswald

Passed away on 12/06/2019

William “Bill” J. Oswald, age 74 passed away surrounded by loved ones on Friday, December 6, 2019 in Elmhurst after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathryn Wadington, having shared 18 years together.  William is lovingly remembered by his children Michelle and Samuel Hornsby, Jessica and Jason Denk, Christopher and Carrie Wadington. He will be greatly miss by his cherished grandchildren Giovanni, Donna, James, Caitlyn, Logan, Trevor and Zander.  William is preceded in death by his much-loved late wife Donna, parents Richard and Marie Oswald, brother and sister-in law David and Virginia Oswald. Born to Richard and Marie Oswald on July 22, 1945 in Oak Park, Illinois. A graduate from Walther High School. A proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in Vietnam from 1966 – 1968. Known to all as a loving and hardworking man, he retired from 40 years with Commonwealth Edison in 2004 to spend
more time planting flowers, fishing and enjoying his family. 

 

William’s family will be holding a private ceremony to celebrate his life with good food and drink, just as he would have loved. In lieu of flowers, an in-honor donation can be made to Wounded Warrior Project.

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Daniel Joseph Rybarczyk

Passed away on 11/30/2019

Daniel Joseph Rybarczyk (43), passed away suddenly on November 30, 2019.  

He is the beloved son of Harry & Leonie; beloved brother of Angela (Dan) & Steven (Nora); beloved fiance (honey) of Martha; and cousin & nephew to many.  He will be remembered for his extreme dedication & hard work; for his big heart, beautiful carpentry, multi-talents, generous nature & Warm friendship.  His Gift of Hope organ donations that have helped the lives of others are a lasting legacy.  He will be deeply missed. 

Funeral services will be held at : Our Lady of Victory Parish, 5212 W. Agatite, Chicago, IL, on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Visitation:  Starts at 9:00am followed by Funeral Mass at 11:00am

Internment: At Holy Cross Cemetery, calumet City, IL.