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Reta L. Wegele (nee Lewis)

Reta “Grandmommy” Wegele (nee Lewis), age 70 of Palos Park, Illinois passed away on August 11, 2019 in the comfort of her home and the arms of her husband of 49 years, Phil. She was born on August 28th, 1948 in Monticello, Florida and grew up in Tallahassee where she graduated from Leon High School in 1966. She and Phil met at Florida State University and were married two weeks after graduation on June 20th, 1970. Reta taught elementary school for 8 years on Marco Island and in Naples, Florida, and the southwest suburbs of Chicago before retiring home to raise her two beautiful daughters, Ashley and Brittney.  As the girls grew and matured, Reta entered the field of real estate, becoming a very successful residential agent, particularly in her beloved home of Palos Park, with Coldwell Banker.  Over the past 35 years, friends, neighbors, and passers-by have marveled at the meticulously restored 120-year-old house and beautiful gardens that Reta and Phil called home.  Beloved wife of Phillip W. Wegele. Loving mother of Ashley W. (Erik) Scheiner and Brittney W. (Kyle) Kmiecik. Cherished “Grandmommy” of Brett, Brynn, Jackson, and Brayden. Dear sister of Valter Lewis and Wanda Baumgartner. Kind aunt of Taylor (Sara) and Stephen Baumgartner, and great aunt of Ella and Ian.  Reta was widely known and universally loved for her beautiful smile, her genuine kindness, her warm heart and wonderful spirit.  She will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of her company.  Memorial Visitation Thursday, August 22nd from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights. Family & Friends will gather Friday, August 23rd at Parkview Christian Church, 11100 Orland Parkway, Orland Park for a Memorial Service at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment will be private.

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  • Laura Lee Alberts (Friday, August 16 19 06:35 pm EDT)

    What a gracious friend who never said no to anyone and was first in line to always assist others.
    I will miss you my longtime friend. We shared wonderful adventures and exploits! You will be greatly missed and when my birthday arrives on the 27th this month I will know you are preparing for your birthday celebration on the 28th!
    Love you Reta. And I will be praying to you!

  • Kelly Miller (Friday, August 16 19 10:39 pm EDT)

    I had the honor of meeting Reta because her grandson Jackson and my son Jack met at preschool and now 4 years later continue to be the best of friends. Reta Always had a smile on her face and just adored her family to pieces. I got to chat a little with her while waiting for kindergarten assessments and know she was a woman of faith also. She is now in the arms of Jesus. I pray for peace and comfort to her family at this hard time and am so blessed to have met her.

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Michael F. Grady  

Beloved son of the late Michael Grady and Frances (nee Walsh) Stuber and step-son to Joseph “Frank” Stuber. Cherished brother of Mary Pat (Perry) Favia and step-brother of MaryAnn (Fred) Harrison. Proud and loving uncle to Megan, Katie and Pj Favia. Wonderful friend and cousin to many and devoted member of the Munster Church congregation.  Longtime law enforcement agent.   Lying-In-State Monday, August 19th from 9:00 a.m. until time of service, 11:00 a.m. at Munster Church, 214 Ridge Rd, Munster, IN 46321.   Interment St. Mary Cemetery.     

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Jesus S. Sanchez

Funeral services & Interment will be private.

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Diana “Dee Dee” Stevens (nee Mavros) 

of Palos Heights. Beloved Wife of the late Robert H. Stevens. Fond Mother of Robert (the late Pamela), Donna (David) Sturkie, Judi Robinson & Scott (Francisca) Stevens. Grandmother of Andrew Stevens & Cameron Sturkie. Sister of Glenn ( Ellen ) Mavros & the late Paul Mavros Beloved Aunt to many Nieces and Nephews. Visitation Thursday, Aug. 22nd , 9:00 am until time of chapel prayers 11:00 am, at the Kerry Funeral Home and Cremation Care Center 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to St. Alexander Church 7025 W. 126th Street, Palos Heights, Mass 11:30 am. Private Committal Service Friday, Aug. 23rd at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois. In Lieu of Flowers Memorials to Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor, New York, NY 10001

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  • Ron Sawin (Tuesday, August 13 19 10:32 pm EDT)

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this difficult time. May your grief and sadness be tempered by the realization that your Mom and Dad are reunited in God’s Kingdom.

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Gary Brownfield

Funeral services & Interment will be private.

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Barbara B. Durand (nee Bailey)

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Visitation Saturday, August 10th from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass, 10:30 a.m. at Saint Walter Church, 11722 South Oakley Avenue, Chicago. Interment will be private.

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  • Shatondria Anderson (Monday, August 12 19 01:51 am EDT)

    My English teacher at Chicago Vocational HS. Such an awesome woman. RIP. Condolences to the family. C/O 90

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Nancy J. Just (nee Springer)

Visitation Thursday, August 8th from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 pm. with a chapel service at 5:00 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 West 127th Street, Palos Heights.   Interment will be private.

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  • Ken Bertini (Wednesday, August 07 19 12:53 pm EDT)

    Ray and Family,
    Please accept our sympathy in the
    passing of Nancy. Our neighborhood will miss her.

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Marie Charter

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Eileen D. Rizzo (nee Uchiyama)

Beloved wife of Steven C. Rizzo. Loving mother of Jennifer & Jaclyn Rizzo. Devoted daughter of Jeanie (nee Yoshimura) & the late Ronald Uchiyama. Dear sister-in-law of Jeff (Jennifer) Rizzo & Suzanne Mullady. Adoring aunt of Drew & Monica Rizzo and Matthew & Sydney Mullady. Dear niece of Susie (Ed) Burke & Betty Segal (nee Yoshimura). Dear cousin of Kelly, Lauren & Tari.   Visitation Monday, August 5th from 5 until 8 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights.   Family & Friends will gather Tuesday, August 6th directly at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7800 S. McCarthy Road, Palos Heights at 10:00 a.m. for a lying-in-state until time of service 11:00 a.m.   Interment will be private.

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  • Jesse & Hope Morales (Wednesday, July 31 19 11:09 pm EDT)

    Our deepest condolences Steve, Jennifer and Jacqueline. Rest In Peace Eileen

  • Susie, Ed and Kelly Burke (Thursday, August 01 19 02:26 am EDT)

    Our deep sympathy to the Rizzo family. Eileen was the 1st grandchild of the Yoshimura family. She was much loved and so very precious. We are changed forever by her passing. We will never stop missing her.

  • Mary Peterson-Compagner (Thursday, August 01 19 11:32 am EDT)

    Our condolences Steve, Jennifer and Jaclyn. Your wife and mother was ray of sunshine in all the lives she touch. Always a smile and a kind word. She will be missed but her love light will shine on in all of you.

  • Bill, Kathy and family (Thursday, August 01 19 01:56 pm EDT)

    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. We are here if you need us.

  • Greg Palmer (Thursday, August 01 19 02:37 pm EDT)

    The Palmer House wishes to send our deepest sympathy to Jaclyn, Jennifer and Steve. We are saddened by this tragic news. May the Lord watch over the Rizzo family during this time of
    bereavement and in the days ahead. Stay strong my friend! Your neighbor, Greg

  • Betty, Wayne, Tari and Lauren Segal (Thursday, August 01 19 03:41 pm EDT)

    There are no words to express the giant hole that Eileen left. Our hearts are with Steve, Jaclyn, Jennifer and Jeanie. Eileen fought a hard battle and will be missed greatly. Her loving light will always live on in our hearts.

  • Kim Robinson Sprinkle (Thursday, August 01 19 06:56 pm EDT)

    Eileen & I met in the 4th grade...we were childhood friends in grammar school, high school, roomies in college, Mom pals...on & on.
    So many memories...oh, the fun & adventures we had!!...
    I am heartbroken & will miss her terribly. This is the Eileen I knew & loved:
    Razor sharp wit....
    Playful, mischievous
    Always honest & real
    Discerning of quality
    A brave warrior
    Never did things halfway...always gave her best
    Salty & sweet
    Baked from her heart
    Queen of the 🎂 cakes ...
    And all things savory
    Soft on the inside
    Tough in the middle
    Beautiful & sparkly on the outside
    A fun-loving child at ❤️ heart
    She had the eye of an artist
    An appreciation of the aesthete
    A clean, perfect style 2nd to none.....
    She was so special... indeed
    She loved & lived for her family & her home
    I was blessed to have had her as a dear friend for all these years....I will always hold her in my heart. 💖
    May she rest in Peace & in Love.
    Love & Prayers to Steve, Jennifer, Jaclyn, Jeannie & her Family....

  • Joe and Jan Villarreal (Friday, August 02 19 10:13 am EDT)

    Deepest condolences Steve, Jennifer, and Jaclyn on your lose. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Emi Yamauchi (Friday, August 02 19 11:08 pm EDT)

    Eileen fought so bravely and was so lucky to have such strong family support. Such a beautiful life to be gone too soon. Deepest sympathies to the Rizzo, Uchiyama, and Yoshimura families on the loss of your beloved wife, mother, daughter, and niece.

  • Fran & Walt Edgerley (Friday, August 02 19 11:29 pm EDT)

    Our hearts pour out to Steve, Jennifer, Jaclyn, Jeanie, the Rizzo and Yoshimura familes. Eileen's smile could light up a room and her sense of humor was like no other. May she rest in peace.
    With our deepest sympathy and love.

  • Paul and Gloria Yamauchi (Friday, August 02 19 11:35 pm EDT)

    Our deepest condolences for Jeanie and all of her families at this difficult time. Gloria and I are thinking of you. We admire all of the support Eileen received from all her families. She was courageous as everybody else was. Keep strong, hand in there, we are always thinking of you!

  • Pam Hagey (Saturday, August 03 19 01:03 pm EDT)

    We want to express our deepest sympathy to you, Steve, and to Jennifer and Jaclyn and the rest of your family. When our girls were little, we enjoyed so many times together at MOPS and at the library story times as well as countless play dates and parties. We are so thankful that God allowed us to meet. We will be praying for each one of you. God loves you so very much and He wants you to trust Him to carry you through this most difficult time and all throughout each day of life. Psalm 29:11 says, "I (God) will give strength unto My people; I will bless My people with peace." He is faithful and true; He always keeps His promises. With love and prayers, Warren, Pam, Bronwyn and Aliyah

  • Kimmie (Graf) Ewald (Sunday, August 04 19 06:30 pm EDT)

    Thank you, Eileen, for being my partner in crime through all the ups and downs of college, dating, marriage, parenting, and all things adulting. We've shared so many laughs as well as tears and I will treasure all the memories! I know my mom welcomed you with open arms and the two of you have already shared some giggles. This is not goodbye ... it's see you later! Love you, Kimmie ❤️

  • Stephanie, Dan and Andy Jamroz (Monday, August 05 19 10:31 am EDT)

    We are truly sorry for your loss. Eileen was a wonderful person. Our deepest sympathies go out to you, Jennifer and Jaclyn.

  • Tom &Toni Arai (Monday, August 05 19 03:21 pm EDT)

    Jeanie, our deepest condolences to you and your family. We are saddened to hear of Eileen’s passing. Although we only knew her for a short time, her courageous fight against pancreatic cancer allowed you and your family to be there and support her.

  • Anna Nagata and Family (Monday, August 05 19 08:32 pm EDT)

    We wish we could be with you in Chicago as you celebrate the life of Eileen. Our thoughts are with Jeanie and your family during this difficult and sorrowful time. We hold family memories dear at this time of your loss.

  • April Roach (Tuesday, August 06 19 09:50 pm EDT)

    I remember meeting Eileen for the first time when she was seven years old. She was so cute, and she grew into a beautiful woman. What a valiant fight she led. What a heartbreaking loss. With deepest sympathy to Jeanie, the Rizzos and the extended family.

  • Edwin J. Yoshimura (Wednesday, August 07 19 12:40 pm EDT)

    I had the privilege to attend the visitation and service for my cousin Eileen. It was wonderful to see the love and support shown to Steve, Jennifer, Jaclyn, Jeanie and family, which adds to my fond memories of Eileen. Thank you very much. Love, Cousin Eddie

  • Leslie Fujii (Saturday, August 10 19 11:03 pm EDT)

    I'm so sorry and absolutely heartbroken to hear about Eileen. She was one of my best and first friends I made when I came to Chicago in 1986. She was such a fun and unique individual. My heart goes out to Steve and the girls and also to Jeanie. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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James M. Shaughnessy

Family & Friends will gather Friday, August 9th at the Wayside Chapel, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, Memorial Service 9:30 a.m.  Interment will be private.

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