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Evelyn Ruth Fulkerson (nee Schweizer)

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Karen Susan Biro (nee Manak)

Our beloved Karen Susan Biro (Manak) of North Riverside, IL passed away peacefully on September 25, 2021 surrounded by her family. Karen was born on June 27, 1963, daughter of Ernest and Judith Manak.  She attended Komarek Elementary School and was a graduate of Proviso East High School in 1981. Karen was a member of the pom-pom squad, student government, guard club, and the reunion committee.  She went on to study computer science at Northern Illinois University where she met her spouse Mike Biro (Palos Heights) through mutual friends.  Karen and Mike wed on June 9, 1985 and were married for 36 beautiful years. Karen was a loving mother to their children Michael and Amanda.  Her family was her life. As her children grew older, she decided to pursue a new career in massage therapy. She found joy in helping others and had the warmest heart.  She was incredibly caring, selfless, and kind.  She enjoyed many things in life, some of which included hiking, fishing, gardening and a love for cooking for her family and friends (she also enjoyed a dirty martini from time to time). Wherever there was a beach, Karen could be found hunting for hours for the perfect rock or sea shell.               Karen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  She will be dearly missed and survived by her husband, Mike, son Michael (Leslie), grandchildren: Harlow and Mickey, daughter, Amanda (Jasper), sister Julie (Sean), nieces and nephews: Erinn, Jack, Nick, and Sarah, brother Ernie (Cheryl), niece and nephew: Abby and Mason, mother-in-law Janice, brother-in-law Mark (Lolita), niece: Isabelle, along with best friend Michelle (Pete), child: Eleni. Karen would often say, “all shall be well” during times of difficultly -  these words and her spirit will live on in the hearts of those she loved forever.               A private “Celebration of Life” will be held for family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Karen Biro to support the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund, c/o Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 420 E. Superior Street, Rubloff Building, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611, or you may Click here to make an online donation. Please indicate “Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund” in the text box provided.               There are several ways donations can be made:   By mail: Checks can be made payable to the Northwestern University and mailed to my attention at the following address: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Attn: Nicole Langert, Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund, 420 East Superior Street, Rubloff Building, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611.   By phone: If individuals wish to make a credit card donation by phone, they may do so by calling Nicole Langert at 312.503.1656.   Online: Please visit https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/giving/index.html and click “Make A Gift.” Please designate “Other, please specify in the text box” and type “Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund.” Under “Your Honorary/Memorial Gift Options” donors can note “Karen Biro” as the honoree.

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  • Karen & Clyde Hughes (Wednesday, October 13 21 09:43 pm EDT)

    Our deepest sympathy to the Biro family. Karen was a beautiful person inside and out. Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort.

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James M. Murray  

 Loving husband of Barbara (nee Stammer).   Beloved father of Jacqueline (John Filice) Murray & Charles (Kristina Pontarelli).   Adored grandfather of Rockefeller, Moneypenny & Clara.   Fond brother of Brent (Paulette), Dan & Robert.   Visitation Tuesday, October 12th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 West 127th Street, Palos Heights.   Lying-In-State Wednesday, October 13th from 9:00 a.m. until time of service, 10:00 a.m. at the Calvary Church, 16100 104th Avenue, Orland Park.   Interment Fairmount Willow Hills Memorial Park.   In lieu of flowers, donations to the CurePSP.org would be appreciated.

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Donald R. Canning

Beloved husband of Dorothy Canning (nee Harker) for 69 years.   Loving father of Kimberly (John) Myers.   Cherished grandfather of Daniel (Julie) Myers.   Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.   Donald was a devoted employee of the Village of Oak Lawn for over 40 years.   Memorial Visitation Tuesday, October 12th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   Chapel prayers Wednesday, October 13th, 11:00 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 11:30 a.m.   Interment will be private.

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Patricia A. Lowe (nee Falk)

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Rita T. Nagy (nee Rubino)

Age 79, passed away peacefully on October 6th, 2021.  Rita was proceeded in death by her husband of 54 years, Richard and her eldest son Mark (T-Kay).  She is survived by her son, Ron; granddaughters Monica and Michelle; brother Jim (Carol) and a fond Aunt to many.  Rita was a former long-term resident of Blue Island, IL. An avid reader and card player with a love for travel.  Memorial visitation Saturday, October 16th from 9 am until time of chapel service 12 pm at KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights, IL; Inurnment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, IL. Rita supported many causes during her lifetime. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. 

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  • Greg Gallo (Monday, October 11 21 01:26 pm EDT)

    Ron, I am so sorry for your loss. Your perseverance through your mothers final days was inspiring and I thank you for the strength you displayed to me through it all. May she rest in peace.

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Beverly Carole Avery (nee Arent)  

   Passed away September 29 at the youthful age of 81. She was born in Chicago on November 18, 1939 to Leonard and Valentyne Arent. She is survived by her loving husband Arthur Avery of 59 years and her legacy lives on in her three loving daughters Karen Avery (Greg), Dawn Soukup (Greg) and Kelly Sise (Patrick) She is the cherished grandmother of Paige, Morgan, Johnluke, Jacob, Abigail, Liam, Brendan, Hayden and Madison. Beverly attended Immaculatta High School Park Ridge ’57, The University of Illinois Champaign ’62 B.S. in Early Childhood Education and National Louis University ’91 M.S. in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy. She was a proud member of the Palos Heights Women’s Club and South Suburban Association for the Education of Young Children. Beverly co-founded, owned and operated Sandbox Pre Schools for 52 years with Suzanne Moustakas which continues to serve the Palos Heights, Orland Park and Homer Glen communities. They have produced thousands of lifelong learners, success stories and continue to educate third generations. In 2013, Beverly was honored before the Illinois State Assembly as a Children’s Champion for serving “above and beyond”. A devout Catholic, Beverly is a member of St. Alexander Parish and sang joyfully in the choir of St. Francis Parish. In 2007, Beverly was instrumental in the committee to restore the beloved Statue of the Blessed Mother which stood at her Alma Mater Immaculatta H.S. and is now part of the Ianelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge. Visitation Friday, October 8th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   Chapel prayers Saturday, October 9th at 9:30 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 West 127th Street, Palos Heights. Proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 10:00 a.m.   Interment will be private. In keeping with her strong commitment to children’s health and education and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in her name. ( www.stjude.org )

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  • Mary Jo (Monday, October 04 21 06:42 pm EDT)

    What a wonderful woman!
    She will be greatly missed by all that were blessed to know her and all those that were influenced by attending her Sandbox Schools. RIP Dear Beverly!

  • Barbara Carroll (Monday, October 04 21 09:23 pm EDT)

    Condolences to the entire Avery family! What an amazing lady who has contributed so much to the lives of so many.

  • Rhonda Storer (Tuesday, October 05 21 07:16 am EDT)

    My condolences to the Avery family. I will always have fond memories of Beverly and my time at Sandbox. May she rest in the hands of the Lord.

  • Penny Drown (Thursday, October 07 21 06:22 pm EDT)

    Beverly Avery made this world better. Her legacy will live on for years. Now there is a Sandbox in heaven. May God continue to bless her and her family.

  • Sybil Gurgel and Patti (Paetsch) DeBias (Friday, October 08 21 10:43 am EDT)

    Beverly was a very dear friend and I will miss her very much.

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