June Masuda (nee Ostrowski) a resident of Plainfield, IL, passed away peacefully on September 25th 2014 with her family by her side. She was born June Holt Ostrowski in Philadelphia, PA on March 14th 1942 and is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 37 years, Allen Masuda, daughter Beth (Bob) Feldman, beloved grandson Seth Takumi Feldman, and brother Jospeh S. Ostrowski of Haines City, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents Louise and Joseph S. Ostrowski of Trenton, NJ.

 

June graduated from Steinert High School in Trenton, NJ and studied Speech at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH.

 

Her career included working as a realty specialist for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration (US DOT) in Rhode Island, Connecticut & Arizona, the Department of Agriculture Research Services in Hyattsville, MD and finally as a management analyst for the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washinton, D.C. She freely shared her knowledge and enjoyed helping others succeed in their careers.

 

After being stricken severely with rheumatoid arthritis in 1987 and subsequently, becoming wheelchair bound, she reached out to others, especially children, to show them she was a real person and the wheelchair was not defining her. She loved traveling and sightseeing and made it to 49 states except Hawaii... she was a 49'er but a diehard Philadelphia Eagles Fan. June was her best when interacting with others and spreading "sunshine". Though many people wanted to cheer her up when she was in pain, so often, they would leave uplifted by her. Despite all of the curves life threw at her, she never asked "why me" or wished ill upon anyone else. She was a kind person with an amazing heart and anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her, would agree. She was one of the most inspirational people they had ever met even though she did not see it of herself. In Life's Journey, June was a joy and God's Blessing to so many others.

 

In lieu of flowers and gifts, a memorial fund in her name has been arranged at Community Christian Church, 409 Ellis Boulevard, Jefferson City, Missouri, 65101. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2nd 2014 at the Community Chrisitian Church.

 

Arrangements were entrusted to the Kerry Funeral Home in Palos Heights, IL


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Patricia N. Hughes (nee Toner)


Beloved wife of the late James F. Hughes.

Loving mother of Mary Kay Freitag, Pat Borst, Jim Hughes, Maureen (Steven) Sankowski, Rosemary (Joe) Swank and the late: Mike Hughes & Daniel Hughes.

Proud grandmother of Carrie, Brian, Colleen, Bill, Michael and the late Steven.

Cherished great grandmother of Emma and Anthony.

Kind aunt of many nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation Tuesday, September 30th from 3 until 9 p.m.

 

Chapel prayers Wednesday, October 1st, 9:30 a.m. at the Kerry Funeral Home, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 10:00 a.m.

 

Interment Saint Mary Cemetery.

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Flora M. Propati nee Saturno, age 86.


Longtime Orland Park and Roseland resident, recently of Peace Village.

 

Wife for 60 years of the late Dr. Joseph A. Propati DDS.  Mother of Tony (Annie) Propati, JoAnn (Jack) DeBenedetti, Rosanne Guinta and John (Cathleen) Propati.  Grandmother of Katie (Ryan) Tarosas, Gina (Philip Slack) DeBenedetti, Mark DeBenedetti, Michael, Paige and Beau Guinta and Marisa Propati.  Great grandmother of Isabella Josephine Slack.  Sister of the late Vincent (late Lucille) and Joseph Saturno.  Sister-in-law of the late Caroline Saturno.  Beloved “Aunt Flora” to her many nieces and nephews. Dear friend of many.

 

Visitation Wednesday, September 24th from 3 to 9 p.m. Chapel prayers Thursday, September 25th 9:45 a.m. at the Kerry Funeral Home, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to St. Michael Church, Orland Park, Mass 10:30 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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  • John Walsh (Tuesday, September 23 14 11:56 am EDT)

    My condolence to Flora's family. I was Flora's Hair Designer for many wonderful years. I miss her I thank you for the support your family has always given me God Bless

  • Martin Gallagher (Wednesday, September 24 14 10:27 pm EDT)

    I was so sorry to hear of her passing. What a kind and gracious woman! My thoughts & prayers go to the entire Propati family

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Lawrence J. McNamara, Jr., age 85, passed away September 18, 2014, of Palos Heights, formerly of Evergreen Park.

 

Beloved Husband of 50 years to the late Dolores, (nee Patten). Loving Father of Kathy (late Dave) Higens, Donna (Michael) Nolan, Mary Ann (Michael) Kapelinski and Laura (John) Ripoli. Dear Papa of Jaclyn, Stephen and the late Baby Michelle Ripoli, Danielle, Justin and Brandon Kapelinski, Shannon and Patrick Nolan. Dearest Grandpapa of Brantley Ripoli. Fond Brother of Edward (late Joan) and William (Bernadette) McNamara. Caring Uncle of many nieces and nephews. Devoted Son of the late Lawrence, Sr. and Minnie McNamara. Lawrence attended Leo High School (Class of 1946) and John Marshall Law School (Class of 1953). Member of Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations, since 1953. Former owner of Chateau Bel-Aire Banquets.

 

Visitation Sunday from 3 to 9 p.m.

Chapel prayers Monday 9:15 a.m., at the Kerry Funeral Home, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights, proceeding to St. Alexander Church, Mass 10 a.m.

 

Entombment Holy Sepulchre Mausoleum.

 

Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hugo F. Cuadros and Marcia Kissane, R.N.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Claddagh Foundation, 2651 Gardner Road, Broadview, Illinois 60155 or Miracles in Progress, NFP, 2901 Downing Avenue, Westchester, Illinois 60154, would be appreciated.

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Patricia R. Heath (nee Speck)

 

Devoted daughter of the late: Stanley & Dorathea (nee Ziemann) Speck.

Loving sister of Frederick (Milicent) Speck, William (late Cynthia) Speck, Barbara Speck & Marie (James) Grage.

Cherished aunt of Matthew, Christopher, Peter, Nicholas, Adrienne, Audrey, Alicia, Anna, William Jr., Robert, Edward, Thomas & Frederick Jr.

Dear great aunt of 20 & great great aunt of 2.

 

Family & Friends will gather for a Memorial Mass Tuesday, September 23rd, 10 a.m. at Saint Damian Church, 5220 W. 155th Street, Oak Forest.

 

Interment is private.

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Ki S. Lee

 

Visitation Thursday, September 18th from 6 until 9 p.m. with a service at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral service Friday, September 19th, 10:00 a.m. at the Kerry Funeral Home 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights.

 

Interment Fairmount Willow Hills Cemetery.

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Henry Meyer, age 99.

 

Longtime Palos Heights resident, formerly of Chicago Heights and Chicago's Southside. Founding partner of Motto's Finer Foods Certified Grocers. Husband for 60 years of the late Pauline (nee Plankis); father of Bruce (Frances) Meyer and Carole (Stan) Nelson; grandfather of Angela (Ryan) Fabbri, Joseph Meyer, Rachel (Eric) Cox, Heather (Eric) Skaufel and Andrew (Karissa) Nelson; great-grandfather of Susan, Alice and Hattie Fabbri, Callahan, Cooper, Conner, Caitlin and Carli Cox, Kassi, Shelby and J.J. Skaufel, Amanda, Kelsey and Drake Nelson; brother of the late George (late Helen) Meyer; uncle and dear friend of many.

 

Visitation Friday, September 19th from 3 until 8 p.m.

Chapel prayers will begin Saturday, September 20th, 9:15 a.m. at the Kerry Funeral Home, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, 7025 W. 126th Street, Palos Heights, Mass 10:00 a.m.

 

Interment Saint Casimir Cemetery.

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Bernard George Yvon,


Only beloved son of Dr. Bernard and Gail (nee Curry) Yvon.

Loving partner of Matt Raftery.

Cherished brother of JoAnn Yvon (Nate) Eberle and Renee Yvon (Ralph) Napolitano.

Treasured “son-in-law” of Michael and Ginny Raftery.

Adored “brother-in-law” of Anne (Leo) Raftery Cassidy, Maureen Raftery, Erin (Scott) Raftery Deluga and Danny Raftery.

Adored uncle to his nieces and nephews; dear cousin of many and loved by innumerable friends.

 

Bernie graduated from Old Town High School and Northwestern University, and began an illustrious musical theater career in Chicago, which became and remained his home. Not only did he light up stages all across the country, but more importantly he lit our hearts with perpetual joy and love.

 

Visitation, Funeral and Interment will be private.

 

A personal message from Bernie's Family:

 

We are overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of love and support from all of you who knew and loved Bernie Yvon.  A private memorial service has been scheduled for Friday, September 12, 2014.

 

 

The “Bernie Yvon Memorial Scholarship Fund”

is being established to assist students pursuing a career in the Performing Arts. Bernie’s parents are providing $50,000.00 in initial funding as “seed money,”

with the hopes that the fund will continue to grow and inspire future generations to follow in Bernie’s footsteps. More information will be forthcoming on how interested donors can contribute to this commemorative fund.

 

 

Those wishing to make a donation may visit any of the following websites:

 

 bernieyvon.myevent.com

*All gifts collected therein will be gifted to Matt Raftery in memory of Bernie.

 

www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/xqp5/with-love-from-your-arbonne-family-in-remembrance-of-bernie-yvon

*All gifts collected therein will be gifted to Matt Raftery in memory of Bernie.

 

 www.broadwaycares.org.

*Bernie was an avid supporter of Broadway Cares- Equity Fights Aids

 

You may also make a donation to the charity of your choice in Bernie’s name.

 

 

 

The theater community will be participating in a “Dimming of the Marquee Lights” on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:30pm in remembrance of

Bernie Yvon & Molly Glynn: two wildly adored Chicago stars.

 

 

There is also an ongoing “pay it forward” initiative in Maine,

Bernie’s home state, honoring his memory.

 

 

A Chicago celebration of Bernie’s life is being planned for later this fall.

The details will be shared as they are solidified.

 

 

We thank you. We love you.

Matt Raftery & The Yvon and Raftery Families

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  • Kim Pelletier (Tuesday, September 09 14 08:51 pm EDT)

    Although I have never met Bernie, I know Rene and her family ,and I wish to send my condolences to all of the family in this most difficult time.

  • Judith Salstone (Tuesday, September 09 14 09:45 pm EDT)

    Bernie was not only an amazing performer, he was also a mentor and roll model for my son Nathan when he was in a few shows with him at the marriott when Nathan was just a young kid! He is part of the reason my son is now pursuing musical theater in college! My thoughts are with his loved ones! So sorry for your loss!

  • Parrish Collier (Tuesday, September 09 14 11:26 pm EDT)

    Bernie Yvon was the first person I met in the Chicago acting community. In fact, I rented his home my first year in Chicago when he was on tour with RAGTIME. He also pointed me in the direction of my first gig in Chicago, AINT MISBEHAVIN', at Drury Lane Evergreen Park. He was very kind and generous towards me and I don't know how I would have made the transition to Chicago without his help. Sincerest condolences to Matt and all his family and many friends.

  • Donna Labrie Hunt (Tuesday, September 09 14 11:32 pm EDT)

    God bless Bernie and his family and partner, my love and prayers are with you all, xxxxxxoooooo. Donna and Greg Hunt

  • Lisa Spellman Hamm (Wednesday, September 10 14 06:17 am EDT)

    Bernie will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful caring person and a fantastic actor.
    Old Town, Maine is saddened by his loss. My prayers go out to his family.

  • Pattie Ann Evon Hoefer (Wednesday, September 10 14 07:05 am EDT)

    Matt, Auntie Gail, Uncle Bob, Jay, Renée and the rest of Bernie's family and friends, there are no words to express my sorrow on your loss right now. Bernie was and always will be the true meaning of the word love. There is a new star in Heaven and those that have gone before us will now have the joy of his gift of entertainment and love. Live each day to the fullest and remember always as Bernie would have told us, "the show must go on." Hugs to all of you.

  • Gary White OTHS Class '82 (Wednesday, September 10 14 08:14 am EDT)

    To Matt, the Yvon and Raftery families--
    So sorry to hear the tragic news about Bernie. I hope you find Peace and solace knowing that he brought joy and laughter and love to the world. I will always remember his quick wit and his infectious smile!

  • Michael McAssey (Wednesday, September 10 14 01:23 pm EDT)

    I worked with Bernie many years ago at the Chicago Theatre in JOSEPH. To this day he remains one of the sweetest, most talented men I have ever met and my heart breaks for us all. Much love and strength to Matt and both your families.

  • Kathi Gillmore (Wednesday, September 10 14 06:19 pm EDT)

    Bernie and I were the understudies for Billy and Lucille in No, No, Nanette at the PaperMill Playhouse in the late '90s. I adored working and rehearsing with him. Naturally I developed a crush on him, as everyone who worked with him did. My sincere condolences to his loved ones. This is a terrible and tragic loss.

  • Aviva Woll (Wednesday, September 10 14 06:51 pm EDT)

    We knew Bernie through his performances at Marriott. We would stay after the show to see him, and we were greeted by him as if we were his oldest friends. We will miss seeing him perform, his smiling face and wonderful personality.

    Our deepest condolences to the family.

    Aviva and Maury Woll

  • Julie Meadows (Wednesday, September 10 14 08:58 pm EDT)

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Bernie, but I have followed his career for years. My friends teased me because I called him "my Bernie". He was the jewel of musical theatre. I will miss the joy he brought to his craft. God bless his family and friends.

  • Rhonda Martin Meservey (Wednesday, September 10 14 10:09 pm EDT)

    Bernie's playful spirit and warm demeanor have stayed with me since our years together on the stage and in the halls at Old Town High School. I only saw him on a few occasions since then, but each time he made me laugh like he used to. He was such a light. My thoughts are with the Yvon family.

  • Kelley (Drinon) Burton Bangor,ME (Wednesday, September 10 14 11:57 pm EDT)

    Sending my deepest sympathy to all of you. I went to Old town High with Bernie and had the pleasure to be a part of some of the musicals he was in. His great talent and spirit stood out high above the rest. He leaves behind many beautiful memories to us all. He will surely be missed!

  • Kim Giordano (Thursday, September 11 14 12:52 am EDT)

    Thinking of you, Matt, and loving you.

  • Sophia Radlowski (Thursday, September 11 14 02:26 am EDT)

    My friend and I are subscribers to Marriott and Bernie was our favorite actor. We'd look at the Playbill as soon as we came in for a new show to see if Bernie was listed in it and would be so happy if he were. I cannot imagine going to the Marriott now knowing Bernie will never again be on stage. Our experience there will not be the same. We are truly heartbroken over Bernie's passing.

  • Mother Joy (Thursday, September 11 14 01:34 pm EDT)

    It is with Happy Memories, Love, Support and Kindness that I think of all of the Raftery & Yvon Families at this time.

  • Denise Vanech and family (Thursday, September 11 14 02:35 pm EDT)

    Dear Uncle Bob, Auntie Gail, Jay, Renee, Matt and family, There are no words that can take away your sadness or heal your wounds. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. And memories of Bernie "Singing in the Rain" will play on in our hearts forever.

  • Nancy Kidder (Thursday, September 11 14 03:46 pm EDT)

    It was my privilege to represent Bernie for many years as one of his agents at Stewart Talent. Whenever he stopped by to see us, a bright light of positive energy entered the room. He was so genuinely nice and of course, so incredibly talented. I had the good fortune to see him perform many times and will carry those memories of him forever.

  • Bob and Donna Beunton and family (Thursday, September 11 14 04:02 pm EDT)

    Dear Uncle Bobby , Auntie Gail ,family, and Matt
    I wish I could gather the right words to make the pain less and offer you some comfort. May God bless you and your families . You are in my thoughts and prayers . May you feel our love embrace you during this difficult time

  • Therese and Bill Phillips (Thursday, September 11 14 05:05 pm EDT)

    Gail and Bob and families,
    Was at mass today and you were all in my thoughts and prayers, and will continue to be.

  • Cal and Renea Christen (Thursday, September 11 14 07:12 pm EDT)

    May you feel God's loving arms around you during this difficult time. There are no words to describe the sorrow or love felt for Bermie and Matt. We are praying for you Matt, Yvon family and Raftery family and holding on to the legacy Bernie left behind...love and pure joy.

  • Renee (Mosier) Tabor (Thursday, September 11 14 07:53 pm EDT)

    Thinking and praying for you all during this incredibly sad time. I hope you feel a glimmer of peace, if only for a short while, during this time.

  • Joe Gately (Friday, September 12 14 07:23 am EDT)

    My heart is with you, Matthew.

  • Michelle (Evon) Hotaling and Paul (Friday, September 12 14 08:02 am EDT)

    Uncle Bobby, Auntie Gail , Jay , Renee, Matt and family, Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you at this difficult time. Please know how much you all are loved and how much Bernie is loved.

  • Melissa Zaremba (Friday, September 12 14 12:31 pm EDT)

    My heart and thoughts are with all of you today. Bernie was so very special. Sending all my love to Matt, the Raftery's and Yvon's.

  • Gail Matheson (Friday, September 12 14 12:33 pm EDT)

    "One More Angel Bernie" I will always see you in the Stars and with Love in my Heart My Dear Friend.
    Strength and Courage to your family.
    Gail Matheson
    Joseph Cast Chicago.

  • Carrie Carlson (Friday, September 12 14 12:57 pm EDT)

    Sending my love to you all today and in the days to come.

  • Bert Bernardi (Friday, September 12 14 01:11 pm EDT)

    Such fond memories of Bernie. We worked together at Wagon Wheel in 1985. He was a great guy--super talented--who touched the lives of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Katie Lively (Friday, September 12 14 08:04 pm EDT)

    Thinking of all of you. Sending love and my deepest condolences. I didn't know Bernie well, but I feel so fortunate that I had an opportunity to to him at all. What an amazing individual.

  • Marlene Wight (Friday, September 12 14 11:08 pm EDT)

    Thinking and praying for all of you.
    Marlene Wight , his third grade teacher

  • Sue (Arcouette) Watling (Saturday, September 13 14 01:56 pm EDT)

    I was most saddened to read about Bernard in my local (Massachusetts) newspaper. His dad was my teacher many years ago,even before he married and started a family. After the Yvons moved west, I would occasionally hear about a new child or other events in their lives. I saw Mr. Yvon in person once after
    that, and he was so proud of all of his family. It was obvious that they were a loving group. My sympathy goes out to them and to Bernard's partner.

  • Ken & Dori Grenier (Saturday, September 13 14 06:41 pm EDT)

    Ken and I never had the pleasure of meeting Bernie, we're close to Renée and her family and it just breaks our heart of this tragic and senseless loss. Our heart felt condolences and loving thoughts are with you always during this difficult time

  • Doug Torrey (Monday, September 15 14 01:48 pm EDT)

    It is with great sadness that I have learned of the loss of Bernard. I was an early student of his dad and although I did not know Bernard, I can tell by these notes he was a very special individual and will be sadly missed. My condolences to his partner as well as the families and friends

  • Sheila Reaman (Thursday, September 18 14 02:40 pm EDT)

    Bernie will always hold a special place in the hearts of the Reaman Family. During his high school years in Old Town he visited our home often and made us laugh always. He enjoyed playing cards and finding fuzzy foods in the refrigerator. He entertained us with his dancing and singing, and thoughtfully discussed the issues of the day. Bernie stayed in touch throughout the years in his always kind and friendly manner. Bernie made hearts happy – we are blessed that he touched our lives. We continue to send prayers to the Yvons and Rafertys. So sad. Much too soon.

  • Michelle Kirkpatrick (Saturday, September 20 14 11:22 am EDT)

    I met Bernie working as one of the kids in Joseph-Chicago. He was an amazing person and I owe so much to him. I was 16 at the time and trying to figure out what I wanted to do once I was out of school. He talked to me about his experiences and shared the good bad and ugly about life in the theater. He inspired me to keep going with it, and I did. I have had to drop from working on stage due to health issues over the years, but I will never forget that he was someone who genuinely cared. He made a difference in my life, just as he has for so many others. He will be missed by so many, love and light to his whole family.He was taken too soon from this world.

  • Richard Henzel (Sunday, September 21 14 02:32 pm EDT)

    I had the joy of working with/watching Bernie Yvon in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" with the late lamented Guy Adkins and Matt Raftery. A consummate professional, he was intensely in love with his craft and his cast.

  • Michele L. Agee (Sunday, September 21 14 08:56 pm EDT)

    Like many others, my husband and I were shocked by the tragic loss of Bernie and wish to extend our sympathy and prayers to all of you We spoke with Bernie once after a performance - such warmth & charm. He took us away from this world and its many problems with his each song, each smile, each step. Keeping you in our thoughts.

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Claire M. Miller (nee Kuzminski)

 

Family & Friends will gather Friday, September 12th for a visitation from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass 11:30 a.m. at Saint Bernard Church, 13030 W. 143rd Street, Homer Glen.

 

Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

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Margaret C. Kredens (nee Cairo)

 

Formerly married to Basil.
Devoted daughter of the late: Peter and Louisa Cairo
Dear sister of Fanny, Joe, Mary, Angelo, Grace, Carrie, Gus, Lucy
Loving mother of Cathy (Dennis) Ebert; Greg (Debbie) Kredens; Ken (Carolyn) Kredens; Kevin Kredens
Proud grandmother of Dana Fiedler; Jimmy Fiedler; Christopher Kredens; Cody Kredens; Claire Kredens
Cherished great grandmother of Sloan Christien Kredens.

 

Memorial visitation Friday, September 19th from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Kerry Funeral Home, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights.

 

Family & Friends will gather for a Memorial Mass of Resurrection Saturday, September 20th, 11:30 a.m. at Saint Alexander Church, 7025 W. 126th Street, Palos Heights.

 

Inurnment will be private at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions to PLOWS Council on Aging, c/o Becky A. Cornacchia

Office Services Coordinater, 7808 College Drive, 5 East, Palos Heights, Il. 60463 (708) 361-0219 would be appreciated.

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