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John E. Schmidt

Originally from the Beverly Hills neighborhood in Chicago, and late of Orland Park and Wheaton, died on January 7, 2021. A graduate of St. Barnabas Catholic school and of St. Ignatius College Prep,, John entered the United States Army in 1945 where he received the Victory Medal in WWII, and attended Loyola University after his discharge, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Commerce. Thereafter, John went to work for International Business Machines Corporation, where he spent his entire business career and won numerous sales awards. After marrying, John and Shirley (the former Ann Shirley Hoddinott) raised four children, Gregory (Susan), Mark (Janella), Mary Jane (Michael), and David (Shannon). John is survived by his 4 children and their partners; by 6 grandchildren;  by 13 great grandchildren, and by his sister, Dawn (Hughes). In addition to his many nieces and nephews and his many grandnieces and grandnephews, John is further survived by his sister-in-law Carolyn Hoddinott; his brother-in-law Bertram J Hoddinott Jr.; and his sister-in-law Barbara Hoddinott. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Alexander Church in Palos Heights, Illinois at a time to be determined. Due to the pandemic, the Mass of Christian Burial and later interment will be private. It is anticipated a celebration of John's life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation being made, in John's name, to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. www.stjude.org/donate and/or the Port Ministries of Chicago, www.theportministries.org


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Virginia Kozlowski (nee Pajor)

Beloved wife of the late Edward, cherished mother of Karen (Roger) Sendra, adored sister of the late Florence (Edward) Skurnack, and the late Ed (late Arlene) Pajor, fond aunt to many nieces and nephews, warm friend to many, and missed by all. **COVID 19 mandates; masks are required to attend the funeral services; no gathering is allowed to accommodate all guests paying their respects and the funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments. Visitation Thursday, January 14th from 10:00 a.m. until time of service 12:00 p.m. at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights. Interment will be private private.


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Jonathon Victor Jaroszewski 

Born on March 25, 1956 and died at home on January 7, 2021 in Justice, IL.   Jon Jaroszewski’s purpose in life was to love Jesus and his family. To that end, he was a singer/songwriter, a musician, a writer, a published author, a self-taught theologian, and a family man. To read some of his thoughts and hear his original music click on the link below.  Jon’s greatest enjoyment for the past few years has been spending time with his grandson, Logan and his wife, Linda. He also loved to make people laugh and was a great joke teller.   Jon meditated on and studied the Bible extensively. Here are few of Jon’s written thoughts on heaven:   “Someday our choices will conform perfectly to his will, and that will be heaven. That is the goal we work toward, God and us both, and that is why our choices are not unimportant.”   “Jesus also claimed the Father is a father to us. Our Father who art in heaven. Not our God, who is in heaven or even our king – thy kingdom come. Of all the descriptors Jesus could have used, he most often chose Father to describe God’s role. If God is our father, we are his children.”   “In the following passage from Isaiah, the most famous example, God isn’t speaking primarily of his omniscience or omnipotence, or his justice or his judgments, he is extolling his love and mercy. And true to his claim, we haven’t generally seen the subject at hand. We quote the verse as exactly the opposite, an example of his omniscience. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.   "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.   As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.   You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever." (Isa 55:7-13). He asks us to turn to him to receive his mercy. He claims to be God who freely pardons. Those are the examples of his thoughts and his ways.”   Jon has written three books. The first, The Trouble With Christians, was published by Wipf and Stock and is available online. The second two, The Joy of Jesus and Through His Eyes, are being edited for publication.   Jon is survived by his wife Linda, his grandson Logan, his mother Mary, and his brother Dave and his wife Patty. He was preceded in death by his son, William Jaroszewski, his brothers Jim and Tom, his father William and recently by his sister Sandra Lynn.  He leaves behind loving in-laws, fond friends, band mates, church family and good neighbors.   **COVID 19 mandates; masks are required to attend the funeral services; no gathering is allowed to accommodate all guests paying their respects and the funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments. Visitation will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights, IL. A service will immediately follow at 4 p.m.   Jon will be buried in the Jaroszewski family cemetery in Missouri.

To read some of his thoughts and hear his original music go to: http://jesusians.org/jons-original-music/


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David J. Daum

Beloved Special Companion of Anita McCoy ( Mother of Jason Daum and Jamie Rex ). Loving Father of Jason ( Renatta ) Daum, Jamie ( Theodore ) Rex & Steven ( Mindi ) Daum. Devoted Son of the late Stanley K. “Dave” and the late Christine (nee Rademacher) Daum. Dearest Grandpa of Benjamin & Hunter Rex, Jack, Jasmine, & Aaliyah Daum. Cherished Brother of Thomas ( Diana ) Daum and the Late Kevin ( Maria ) Daum. Uncle of Amelia Daum. Adoring to many and a good friend to all. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.


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Lucy Bargas (nee Roche)

Age 89. Lucy was the matriarch of the family; she was a great cook and loved to read.   Beloved wife of the late Roberto “Bob” Bargas. Loving mother of Robert (Terry) Bargas, Lydia (Robert) Moncada, Rick Bargas, Lynda (Thomas) Georgas & Liza (David) Hegeduis. Cherished grandmother of Brigit, Richard (Christina), Adam, Erika (Ashley) & Ryan (Sandra). Adoring great grandmother of 7. Dear sister of Esther (late Virgil) Porter, Rachel (late Charles “Sakey”) Christian, Mary Lou (late Michael) Romero, Emmanuel (Carol) Morales & Alice “Cha-Cha” (late Anthony) Ortiz. Fond family member of Carol Bargas. Kind aunt of many nieces & nephews.  Lucy retired from the Kmart corporation & had worked many years there. She also worked at Pullman Wine & Liquor in Roseland as a Cook and she also worked as a Child Care Provider for 3-5 year olds at Greenbriar School.     **COVID 19 mandates; masks are required to attend the funeral services; no gathering is allowed to accommodate all guests paying their respects and the funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments.   Visitation Friday, January 8th from 4 until 8 p.m.   Chapel service Saturday, January 9th at 10:30 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights.   Interment Good Shepherd Cemetery.

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  • Carol Bargas (Wednesday, January 06 21 08:16 pm EST)

    There aren’t words to describe what a wonderful, loving and caring person Lucy has been to me these past 50 years. I adored, loved and cherished her as my mother in law and will always remember our extraordinary relationship. Rest In Peace, Mom. It gives me comfort to know that you and Dad are together once again. I will miss seeing and talking with you.

  • Lynda Georgas (Wednesday, January 06 21 10:44 pm EST)

    My mom was an extraordinary person. She was kind, loving, sweet, nurturing, compassionate and always thought of others. I adored her.She was a strong and courageous women.. I loved her very much. I have so many fond memories of her. She will always remain in my heart. A mother and daughter always have a special relationship. I will always cherish our special relationship. I will always love her and miss her very much.
    Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her top priority. She loved them all unconditionally.
    I know she is in heaven dancing with my dad and the angels. It comforts me to know she's in peace.

    Love forever.

  • Karol Creech (Thursday, January 07 21 10:12 am EST)

    Love you Lucy! I love that we had over 40 years of friendship and love your whole family, which you took such great care of and loved with all your heart. Rest in peace knowing they will all be fine and give Bob a hug from us. We love you!

  • Annette Nayman (Friday, January 08 21 08:46 am EST)

    My dear Aunt Lucy, So many memories of how you touched our lives! My earliest are gathering in Roseland for holidays and celebrating birthday parties with my cousins.Neal's first introduction to Tamales and our Mexican foods was at your house! Your Salsa receipe lives on... Thank you for always having a welcoming smile and a warm cup of Canela when we visited. We wil miss you give hugs to all those family members in heaven. Love
    "Nettie Bell"

  • David Nayman (Friday, January 08 21 09:51 am EST)

    Aunt Lucy you will forever be a big part of my early childhood memories. Family Christmas eating great food, playing in your basement and cousin Brigit's Christening party. I could not have been more than 4 years old but these lasting memories are what define family for me. Thank you.

  • Chris Mossman (Friday, January 08 21 10:01 am EST)

    Dear Aunt Lucy,thank you so much for all the wonderful childhood memories. All the cousin time with birthdays, at the swimming pool, and Halloween. Christmas with Santa when my kids were little. You taught us all there is nothing like family.
    Rest in Peace
    Love, Tina

  • Tracy Curtin (Saturday, January 09 21 03:27 pm EST)

    As a child, I always enjoyed our visits to Aunt Lucy’s house. You were certain to be greeted by a warm smile, a big hug and something tasty to eat. Anytime I smell chicken and mole (she made the best), I’m pulled back in time to the many family gatherings we had with her. There was always laughter, playing games and you could count on a few rounds of singing too. I remember her house not only being packed with tons of family members when we visited but packed with tons of love. After spending time there, I would leave with a happy heart knowing I was part of something truly special. Thank you Aunt Lucy for sharing your love and kindness with all of us. Rest in heavenly peace.

  • KFox (Saturday, January 09 21 06:58 pm EST)

    Dear Lynda and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss!!! I feel blessed to have known Lucy and was truly honored to be able to shoot photography at her birthday party!!! Once again, my deepest sympathy!!!
    Sending hugs your way!!!
    Rest in Heavenly Peace
    Love, Karin

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Patricia Ann Land (nee Redmond)

Funeral Services & Inurnment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will be private.


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Alan Lee Fulkerson

Of Palos Heights, IL passed on December 28, 2020.  He was born in Pontiac, IL on July 27, 1948.  He was the husband of the late Susan Fulkerson (Dahl).    Alan is survived by his two children, Geoffrey (Katherine) and Stephen (Kasia), his mother, Evelyn, and his sister Janice Brack. He was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren: Sophia, Anastasia, Alexander, Nathan, Lucy, and James. He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert Homer (“Hugh”).   Alan was a civil servant, with 35 years of service. He began on the City of Palos Heights’ planning commission, then served as an Alderman of the city for 22 years—the second longest tenure in city history. Alan is most known for his vision and role in developing the city’s Channel 4 cable station, which has become a model for other communities in the southwest suburbs. Professionally, he was a lawyer. He began practicing law as an Assistant States Attorney before moving into private practice, which he continued until his death.   Alan was a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (BA Economics) and John Marshall Law School (JD).   Following recommended public health guidelines for the safety of vulnerable family members, a private family service will be held. 

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  • Carol Stefan (Friday, January 01 21 06:15 pm EST)

    Alan was a good friend and a caring Alderman . We will miss him. He has our prayers.
    Steve & Carol Stefan

  • Bonnie Strack (Monday, January 04 21 06:23 pm EST)

    Alan was a man dedicated to his family, faith and community. His actions showed that. He will be missed.
    The Strack family.

  • Ron & Pat Longanecker (Tuesday, January 05 21 12:24 pm EST)

    Pat & I are saddened to hear of the passing of our neighbor of 38 years. To Jeff, Steve and family our deepest condolences. The City of Palos Heights will miss a very dedicated and devoted resident.

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Diane P. Roberts (nee Beveridge)

Loving mother of Richard (Jennilyn) & Edward (Kristi) Roberts. Cherished grandmother of Richard (Lauren), Larina, Angela, Evan, Christian, JenJen, Max, Noah, Sam, Ella & Jacob. Devoted daughter of the late; Thomas & Naomi (nee McCabe) Beveridge. Dear sister of Debbie Hermann, Tom (Linda) Beveridge & late Mary Ellen (late Paul) Kahler. Kind aunt & great aunt of many nieces & nephews.  *** COVID 19 mandates; masks are required to attend the funeral services; no gathering is allowed to accommodate all guests paying their respects and the funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments. Visitation Monday, January 4th from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Chapel prayers Tuesday, January 5th, 9:30 am at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 10:00 am. (REGISTRATION FOR MASS IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND)  Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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  • Dyann Pugliese (Thursday, December 31 20 10:50 pm EST)

    She was my hero - a story that made us both laugh. I will remember her smile and can hear her laughing! She will be missed but more importantly, forever remembered.

  • Antoinette Myhrs-Solitro (Friday, January 01 21 10:32 am EST)

    My beautiful Irish lady. You will be missed but never forgotten. I will cherish all our memories over the past 30 years. May you rest in peace while you shine from above.

  • Marianne Moffat (Friday, January 01 21 10:33 pm EST)

    Hey Irish the world is a little less bright my friend without you in it. My heart breaks knowing I won't hear your laugh again. Di you are a very Special Lady and will truly be missed by all that knew you.

  • Lynn Vogler (Monday, January 04 21 01:08 pm EST)

    Diane, whenever we girls got together you made everything so much more fun than the times we were without you....You have left all of us so many happy memories. Rest in peace dear friend.

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Gerald "Jerry" H. Keller

Age 78, of Palos Heights, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2020.  He was the beloved husband of Cecil Keller (nee Olson) for 54 blessed and wonderful years.  He was the adoring father of Julie (Steve) Phillips, Jean (Neyl) Marquez, Kevin Keller (Glenn Clarke), and Katie (Luke) Hosty, and doting, fun-loving grandfather of 11: Abby, Jake, Isabela, Ethan, Marco, Luke, Cici, Claire, Allison, William, and Sofia.  He was the proud brother of Dr. Frank (Ferny) Keller and Dr. Ken (Nancy) Keller, and adoring uncle and cousin to many.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Gertrude (Ryan) Keller. Jerry was born in Elmhurst on June 29, 1942.  He attended Immaculate Conception grade school and high school.  He received a BS in chemistry from Roosevelt University, a Masters of Science from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from Northwestern University.  He worked in research and development in the petro-chemical sector for many years.  After retiring, he pursued a second career in real estate.  Jerry’s love and devotion toward his family was unparalleled.  His strong Catholic faith guided him throughout his life.  He was a dedicated member of St. Alexander Parish for over 50 years, and a devout eucharistic minister.  He enjoyed a wide range of volunteer work at Sertoma, Ronald McDonald house, St. Blase food pantry, and others. He was an avid biker, fisherman, and golfer; a super-fan at every one of his grandchildren’s extra-curricular activities; and, an active member of the Palos Heights community, where he raised his family. Donations can be made to Catholic Charities, Southwest Regional Office, 12731 S. Wood St, Blue Island, 60406. ***COVID 19 mandates; masks are required to attend the funeral services; no gathering is allowed to accommodate all guests paying their respects and the funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments. Visitation Saturday, January 2nd from 10 a.m. until the time of Chapel Prayers at 1:30 p.m. at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights.  Funeral Mass Saturday, January 2nd, 2:00 p.m. will be attended by **INVITATION ONLY** If you do not receive an invitation by the family please do not inquire about the Funeral Mass details, those acquaintances who are not attending Mass can live stream the service on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kerryfuneral

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  • Frank Keller (Wednesday, December 30 20 09:58 am EST)

    Godspeed my brother
    I have so many memories of our youth growing up on Glade Ave
    Climbing the trees in the backyard
    We each had our own
    The trips to Lake Tomahawk and rowing on the lake when we were way to young
    Dealing with the nuns at I C
    I always chuckle that you didn’t have to make a good impression
    Anything was better than me
    Love ya
    Will be praying

  • Ken Keller (Thursday, December 31 20 01:17 pm EST)

    So what can I say about my "middle" brother. He was a good brother, and became a good man.
    Being younger than Jerry my perspective is different than Butch.
    There was the time Jerry put me in a half oil drum in Salt Creek telling me it was safe and that he and friend had tried it out. Both lies...it sank with me in it,
    There was the time he was up in his tree and called me over only to drop a brick on my head to see what would happen. My only complaint was that he didn't get punished because we had company....good times.
    When we were both very young I'd often play with Jerry and his friends or he'd play with me and my friends. They weren't just good times they were great times.

  • Joanne (Saturday, January 02 21 10:55 am EST)

    So much love and heart- filled memories for your Dad and family from our family, Joanne (Dick) and Dan, Scott, Nifer, Pam, Andy, Matt
    Ken, I think I know who those friends were!

  • Nancy club (Saturday, January 02 21 02:46 pm EST)

    I’m saying the rosary waiting for the Mass celebrating precious Jerry’s life.

  • Edward And Diane Eisermann (Saturday, January 02 21 02:58 pm EST)

    Will be attending the Mass online. God Bless and condolences to Cecil and family for your loss.

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