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Albert Willard 

January 7, 1921- August 17, 2020. Albert was the son of Louis and Christine Willard; brother of Joe, John and Marie. He was born in Chicago January 7, 1921 and was a farm boy in Michigan in his early childhood. He honorably served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 in the European and Asian theatres of WW2. After the war he worked in Chicago for G.E., American Airlines and retired after 32 years from AT&T Illinois Bell as an electronic/broadcast engineer and marketing manager. He was married to Joan (Ruzas) for over 66 years and was a faithful caretaker of her during her final years of Alzheimer’s disease until January 2015. He was the role model for, and a loving and faithful father of Richard, and loving father-in-law to Lara; loving grandfather of Jesse (Pedersen), Addy (Lujan), and Rosie (Bennett); Uncle to Paul and Peter Dobill, Karen Shalks, Chuck Shalks; Robert and Joe Willard, Terry Millican (Willard), Jonathan and Vicky Willard, and Christy Glover (Wash). He was the great grandfather of Brady Lujan; Sam, Gordon, Norah, Kristen and Wesley Bennett. He loved Chicago style cheese pizza, the White Sox, Da Bears, and his and other family dogs. He was the reliable “go to guy” for family and friends. “Albe” was an honorable and gentle man, one of great dependability, humor, and discipline in his life. He was conservative politically and morally. He demonstrated his love to friends and family in so many obvious and covert ways. Although he was a God-fearing man all his life, in his last weeks he agreed, and understood with mental clarity, that the most important decision he ever made in his earthly life was surrendering by prayer, proclamation and relationship in a Biblical way to his Savior Jesus Christ July 28, 2020. He prayed to his savior with Rich and Lara during times of mental clarity the last weeks when able, until days before his death. He seemed to have a peace from that. Besides his generosity, and family, that surrender to the triune God is his true legacy and example set for all to see. Graveside services at Saint Casimir Cemetery in Chicago will be private.

Michael A. Halus

Visitation, Chapel Service and Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will be private.

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  • Dan “bastard” Falcioni (Friday, August 14 20 07:53 pm EDT)

    Going to miss you buddy !! Always had a good time hanging out, your smile and laugh would lite up the room. Until we meet again my friend rest easy.

  • Amanda (Saturday, August 15 20 12:46 am EDT)

    Seeing this breaks my heart. You were such a great guy "Wobbs". I laugh at memories so I don't cry. I know that all of us will always cherish the countless memories we have! Jon and I are keeping Cindy, Nicky and the rest of your family in our prayers.

  • Geoff Austin (Sunday, August 16 20 01:05 pm EDT)

    Such a shock. You were on my mind just a couple days ago. We had so many good times. I will miss you.

  • Kevin Halus (Sunday, August 16 20 02:08 pm EDT)

    Rest easy brother...we had some great times..the craic was mighty!

    We're all going to miss you terribly.

    ...one of life's good guys..

  • linda stahulak (Sunday, August 16 20 02:49 pm EDT)

    We have all learned how unpredictable life is. This was shocking and heartbreaking news. Mike has been an awesome friend of ours for the past 20+ years. Our friendship began at the marina in Michigan City. Through Mike we met many great people and have had many memorable times. He was so well liked by many and will greatly be missed by all, especially by us! We will cherish our memories and keep him in our hearts. You, Cindy and Nick are in our prayers. God Bless! Love, Linda and Carl Stahulak

  • Claudia Stachowiak (Monday, August 17 20 04:13 am EDT)

    I will miss you my friend. We had some great times and I am thankful for the memories. RIP Wobbly.

  • Billie-Jean (Monday, August 17 20 06:26 am EDT)

    We will miss you so much 😭
    We love you Dad ♥️

  • The Thornton Family - Belfadt (Monday, August 17 20 07:10 am EDT)

    We only met a few times but each time was fun. We all enjoyed the craic. A sad passing.

  • Darci Warren (Wednesday, August 19 20 05:57 pm EDT)

    This came as such a shock. Our memories will always be cherished. You were a good friend to many and will be greatly missed. You'd make me laugh so much I will always remember the good times.

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Charles A. White 

Age 91 passed away peacefully on August 9th. Beloved husband of the late Helen M. White (nee Varvazovsky).   Loving father of Lawrence (Juanita) & Nancy (Gregory) Vejvoda.    Proud grandfather of Lauren, Andrew, Mitchell & Nathan. Pullman Tech High School Graduate. Army Private First Class (PFC). Served in Germany during Korean War. Honorably discharged.  Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2604. Recipient of Honor Flight Chicago trip to Washington, DC in 2016. Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Knight of Stritch Assembly 205 and Third Degree Knight of Guerin Council 14057. Servant of God donating his time, talent and treasure to the VFW, Knights, his church and hospital. Retired Machinist from manufacturing industry.   Visitation Saturday, August 15th from 10:00 a.m. until time of chapel prayers 12:00 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 12:30 p.m. If you will be attending Mass, please provide your name and phone number for the church using the link above Charles's picture. Interment St. Casimir Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Knights of Columbus, Council 14057, 7025 W. 126th Street, Palos Heights, IL 60463; OR to St. Alexander Catholic Church, 7025 W. 126th Street, Palos Heights, IL 60463; OR to Veterans of Foreign Wars - Reber-Tesmond Palos Post 2604, PO Box 587, Orland Park, IL 60462. PHASE 4 COVID 19 REGULATIONS; Visitors MUST wear a mask when attending the visitation, loitering is NOT allowed, to accommodate all guests paying their respects to the family, and the funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments..

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  • Betty Chwierut (Friday, August 14 20 08:38 pm EDT)

    Chuck was a wonderful neighbor for 50 years and a wonderful and gentle man. May he rest in peace.

  • Kathie Canevari (Saturday, August 15 20 01:46 am EDT)

    Rest In Peace Chuck, you will be missed. You were such a kind, gentle man.

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Elizabeth B. Raz (nee Balazs)

Age 93, former resident of Palos Heights, passed away peacefully at home on August 9, 2020. She is the beloved wife of the late Charles James; loving mother of Charles Anthony (Rosemary), Elizabeth Ann & Susan (Michael Edward) Raz O’Connor; cherished grandmother of Melissa (Andrew) Bidlack & Charles David (Teresa) Raz; adored great grandmother of Elodie Claire, Aiden William & Ava Elizabeth; dear sister of Joseph Karl (Marie Clark) Balaz, Rosemary Balazs, the late Julia M. Balazs & John J. Balazs and fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.  Elizabeth and her late husband, Charles were petitioners and original members of St. Alexander Catholic Church; she was a member of the St. Alexander’s Seniors’ Club and the Palos Seniors’ Club.  She was a former member of the Hungarian Social Club in her youth as well as a benefactor to the Palos Symphony Orchestra and a member of Oasis for the Visually Impaired.  An avid Gardener, she was a past member of the Chicago-land Daylily Society, American Hemerocallis Society, Northshore Iris & Daylily Society, the Palos Garden Club and Friends of Lake Katherine. Visitation Thursday, August 13th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   Chapel prayers Friday, August 14th at 9:30 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 10:00 a.m. If you will be attending Mass, please provide your name and phone number for the church using the link above Elizabeth's picture. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. PHASE 4 COVID 19 REGULATIONS; Visitors MUST wear a mask when attending the visitation, loitering is NOT allowed, to accommodate all guests paying their respects to the family, and the funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments.

Josephine Olson (nee Risoli)

Of Palos Heights, IL passed peacefully at home on 08/03/2020.  She was born in Blue Island, IL on April 28, 1930. She graduated from Blue Island Community High School in 1948.She married Byron Olson in September, 1955 in Blue Island and they settled in Palos Heights in 1961.   She is survived by her three loving children, Byron George (Joanne) Olson, Jodie Ann (née Olson) Vaughn, and Gina Maria Olson (Amy Johnson). Josephine was an adoring grandmother to Jordan Patrice Murphy, Hunter Chase Vaughn, Byron James Olson, and Maria Josephine Olson. She was beloved to her nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her countless dear friends.   Josephine was one of eight children born to her Italian immigrant parents, Rafael Risoli and Vincenza (Martino) Risoli. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Byron, and her sisters and brothers.   Josephine was known as an excellent cookand baker and wasn’t content until her guests were eating. Her ravioli, which she made for her extended family for Easter and Christmas Eve celebrations,were legendary. Her pizza and lasagna won over more than one of her initially-skepticalin-laws.She worked many jobs over her lifetime to support her family, her last was at Palos Community Hospital until she retired in 1995. Visitation Friday, August 7th from 8:30 a.m. until time of prayers 10:30 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights, proceeding to Incarnation Church, Mass 11:00 a.m. Entombment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  PHASE 4 COVID 19 REGULATIONS; Visitors MUST wear a mask when attending the visitation, loitering is NOT allowed in order to accommodate all guests paying their respects to the family, and the funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments. For anyone unable to attend or not comfortable attending, the family completely understands.

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  • Angie Raganit Risoli (Thursday, August 06 20 12:55 pm EDT)

    Aunt Jo was a very special person. She welcomed our Raganit family into her life with lots of love and laughter, but especially her great Italian cooking! We shared good times in Chicago and good times when she was with us in Arizona. Even though we were separated by miles and could not see her as often as we would have liked, Aunt Jo has always had a special place in our hearts. Condolences to all her family and especially to Buck, Jodie and Gina whom she loved so much.

  • Wendy Pleasant (Saturday, August 08 20 07:28 am EDT)

    Josephine was always a kind person. I always remember her smile and laugh. At work we would laugh so hard we couldn’t stop. May she Rest In Peace Heaven received a beautiful Angel 😇

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Michael S. Mack

Funeral Services and Interment will be private.

John M. Ferrara

Beloved husband of the late Gilda D. Ferrara (nee Petrone).   Loving father of Frank (Dawn) Ferrara, Debbie (Gary) Uphoff, Guy Ferrara, Tony (Kathy) Ferrara & Lynda (Rickey) Fitzsimmons.   Proud grandfather of Paul (Mary Kay), Lauren (Stephen), Jenna (Jimmie), Alex (Emily), Mike (Grace), Jon, Angie (Andy) & Gianna (Jacob).   Adoring great grandfather of Giada, Maya, Lily & Giorgio.   Dear brother of Silvio (Josephine) Ferrara, Angela (Bill) Luksetich & the late; William (Carol) Ferrara and Frank Ferrara and brother-in-law of Flora Nuzzarello.   Kind uncle of many nieces & nephews.   Visitation Thursday, August 6th from 9:30 a.m. until time of chapel prayers 11:30 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 12:00 p.m. Mass will be streamed live on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kerryfuneral - PHASE 4 COVID 19 REGULATIONS; Visitors MUST wear a mask when attending the visitation, loitering is NOT allowed, to accommodate all guests paying their respects to the family, and the funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments.  Entombment private at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to Bethshan Association, 12927 S. Monitor, Palos Heights, IL 60463 would be appreciated. 

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  • Phillia Mitchell (Thursday, July 30 20 04:23 pm EDT)

    John was a sweet, gentle, kind and loving man as I have ever met. He will be greatly missed.

  • Jeanne (Thursday, July 30 20 08:42 pm EDT)

    Dear Godfather,
    All I have to say is "hit the gas Uncle John,hit the gas" going over the Mineral Point hill coming from A&W Root Beer! Give Auntie Jill a kiss and a hug!

  • Mark Holstein (Saturday, August 01 20 03:00 pm EDT)

    Always very kind to me when I worked at Shady Oaks. Very sorry to hear this news. Condolences to all of his family.

  • Gemma Gray McGrath (Saturday, August 01 20 03:40 pm EDT)

    My condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of meeting John while working at Shady Oaks for many years. He was a true gentleman. May he rest in peace.

  • William Lindenberger (Saturday, August 01 20 08:13 pm EDT)

    John was the best manager I ever worked for at Nalco Chemical Company. He was kind, fair, gracious, very knowledgeable, and managed us all with a faith-based focus. John walked with Christ. It showed. John supported me during some very difficult times when I needed to help my young daughter dealing with CP. He jumped right in, told me to "do what you have to do," and covered for me while doing my job and his own. He never asked for anything, except for my very best efforts. God bless you, John. You are now in the hands of our Lord.

  • Brenda Toland (Monday, August 03 20 10:56 am EDT)

    So sorry for your loss . I have so many great memories of John when he was president of SOC and as Guys dad when I worked at camp . Prayer for comfort

  • Steven J Cornwell (Monday, August 17 20 07:41 pm EDT)

    My Dad Jim Cornwell worked with John many years in the lab at Nalco, and spoke often of him. Condolences to all the family.

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