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Tsuneko Koyama (nee Hironaka)

 (June 16, 1920 – May 31, 2020) On Sunday, May 31, 2020, Tsuneko “Jym” Koyama (née Hironaka) passed away peacefully at home – just 16 days short of her 100th birthday. Born in San Diego, California in 1920, she studied and became a medical technician – a career she loved and would steadily pursue until she retired at 70.  In 1941, she met Cecil S. Koyama while they were interned in the Jerome Arkansas Relocation Center for Japanese Americans during World War Two. Shortly before the war ended, they opted for an early release by consenting to move to Chicago instead of returning to the West Coast. They lived in the Chicago area for the rest of their lives. Tsuneko and Cecil were happily married for 56 years. Cecil passed away in 2000. Among Tsuneko’s greatest joys were knitting, crocheting and sewing. She was an avid reader and loved visits to the local library in search of new books. She also loved to cook and try out new recipes. Long before the word “foodie” was coined, she searched out new cuisines to try – for which her children will always be grateful.   Tsuneko is survived by her son Glen, her daughter Christine and her sister Sumako Hironaka Tsushima. Funeral Services and interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to your favorite charity in her name. If you wish, you may leave comments below, or visit the Kerry Funeral Home Facebook page.

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  • Sam Nonaka (Wednesday, June 03 20 09:21 am EDT)

    Your mother will be terribly missed. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.

  • Roxane and Brian Achatz (Friday, June 05 20 01:26 pm EDT)

    Although we never met your mom her generosity was always felt. We still have the sweaters she knitted for Cody and Erin, but the homemade cookies are long gone. Our condolences to your family.

  • Maria and Bo Fresse-Giffels (Friday, June 05 20 02:56 pm EDT)

    Dear Glen and Christine: Bo and I are very sorry for the loss of your mother. We see that she was a strong, kind and perseverant person. You did great by her, honoring and caring for her.

  • Bob, Linda, Ben & Carolyn Kusel (Friday, June 05 20 06:49 pm EDT)

    Dear Glen, Christine and Sumako,
    Deepest condolences from our family. That she passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by such love and care, is a blessing. We hope that you all find comfort in your memories of her. Love from our house to yours.

  • Anne Findeis (Friday, June 05 20 11:02 pm EDT)

    What a beautiful tribute to a lovely lady. My condolences to Glen and his family. May she rest in peace.

  • Peggy McCann (Saturday, June 06 20 02:50 pm EDT)

    Dear Glen My deepest sympathy to you and your family, for your loss. May your memories bring you comfort and peace.

  • Gail Nonaka (Saturday, June 06 20 09:20 pm EDT)

    Dear Glen and family,
    My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. What a wonderful and remarkable life! And what a blessing to you all to have enjoyed her company for so many years. Peace be with you.

  • Bill and Ruth Watanabe (Sunday, June 07 20 04:26 pm EDT)

    We know how much you loved your mother and our "Auntie Jym" and we share in your grief and loss. May there be many warm memories to support you in this time - and we shall keep and remember the sweaters, made with love, given to us.

  • Sharon Smith (Sunday, June 07 20 11:27 pm EDT)

    Dear Glen Your mother sounds like a wonderful wonderful person who exuded love. How fortunate you are to have had her for a mom.
    Love and Peace to You
    Sharon Smith and Wally Wright

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Joseph "JOE" DiSomma

Of Palos Heights, IL passed away peacefully on May 29, 2020. He was born in Chicago (Taylor Street) on August 23, 1937. He was the beloved and devoted husband of his beautiful wife Irene (nee Caliendo) for the past 61 years. He is survived by his three loving daughters; Denise (Denny) Grotte, Lisa (Tony) Reichert & Michele (Jeff) Stetzo. Joe was also the proud grandfather of David (Katie) Donahue, Dan (Helene) Donahue, Marc Reichert, Angela Reichert, along with his many precious granddogs. Joe was hardworking his entire life in the grocery business. He was employed by National Tea Company for 20 years, then purchased his own grocery store, Sterks Foods in Lansing, IL for 10 years and Kramers Foods in South Holland, IL for 13 years, until his retirement in 2001. He we was also and avid Chicago sports enthusiast and huge fan of the White Sox, his favorite team of all! Visitation, Funeral Service & Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery will be private.

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  • Joseph CALIENDO (Tuesday, June 02 20 11:37 am EDT)

    Darlene and Joe Caliendo will miss our dear brother in law

  • Sandy Rajewski (Tuesday, June 02 20 05:19 pm EDT)

    Irene we are so sorry to hear about Joe. He was a wonderful man. We will surely miss him. You and your family are in our prayers. Love Sandy & Wally

  • Dominique Gulli (Thursday, June 04 20 10:35 am EDT)

    I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. Uncle Joe will truly be missed. We will miss the visits and the cheering for the White Sox. Uncle Joe may your rest and peace with your brother Johnny and sister Arlene. We love you and until we meet again. Auntie Reenie and Girls you are in our prayers and thoughts. Love, Dominique, Dominic, Richie, & Johnny

  • Mary Hoban (Friday, June 05 20 12:05 am EDT)

    My deepest sympathy to Irene and the Disomma family.

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Margaret H. Jonikas (nee Radetski)

Funeral Services & Interment at Saint Casimir Cemetery will be by invitation only. Donations to the Community Foundation, attention: Margaret's Hope Fund, 824 Mount Evans Court, Louisville, CO 80027 would be appreciated.

Thomas Haines

Funeral Services & Interment will be private.

                              Colette Arakelian                                November 21, 1939 - May 23, 2020

 After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Colette Jacqueline Arakelian, of Munster Indiana, passed away on May 23, 2020 at the age of 80. Born on November 21, 1939 in Marseille, France, Colette was the youngest child of the late Kevork and Nectar ( Nercessian) Arakelian. One week before her birth, her father died from illness. Her childhood years in France were during the height of World War II. Colette had early memories of those challenges, in particular, her family’s determination to persevere without their father. Happier times returned to Marseille after the war. She had joyful memories of the close-knit Armenian community. Her devoted mother, Nectar, ensured that Colette was surrounded with love. She was the beloved little sister of Marcelle and Marie-Claire, as big brother, Joseph Sarkis, guarded her protectively.                                                                                                                                         While Colette was in her teens, the family immigrated to the United States. They settled in the West Pullman neighborhood of Chicago, acclimating to life in America. The family became active members of Holy Savior Armenian Church. They established a loyal circle in the French/Armenian community. Many of Colette’s peers during that period became her treasured, lifelong friends, who supported each other throughout the years. She, and several others who had newly arrived from France, took English classes together at Fenger High School. As a young woman, Colette enjoyed work as a secretary in downtown Chicago. During a family visit to France she reconnected with, and later married, Pierre Arabian. She continued working until the birth of their son, Gregory, in 1965. The three relocated to France. Colette’s greatest joy was her son. In 1982 Gregory lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident in France. He was only 17.                                                                                                                                               After Gregory’s passing, Colette settled back in the United States, where she was able to care for her mother and find comfort with family in Dolton, Illinois. Since that time, she became a parishioner of Sts. Joachim and Anne Armenian Church in Palos Heights where she faithfully worshiped and enjoyed the fellowship of the congregation. She returned to work, at various times alongside her sisters in the dry cleaning business. Colette was recognized as an excellent French presser. Skilled and hardworking, she soon became the manager of a local dry cleaner.                                                                                                                     In 1990 she moved to Munster, Indiana where she looked after her ailing mother at home until her passing in 1995. Colette’s family was her world. She was so giving of herself that her love was felt just by being in her presence. She constantly worried about others before herself and was the first person to help those in need. Naturally, Colette stepped in as caregiver to several family members as they fought their terminal illnesses. Then, with nurture and love, she helped to fill the void felt by her motherless nephews and nieces. The family affectionately referred to Colette as “Tata”, the French name for Auntie.                                                                                                                                               It is befitting that during her final months Colette was blessed to have been under the exceptional around the clock care of two remarkable nieces, Pam and Karen Nalbandian. The family is tremendously indebted to them, as well as to Violet Bargamian and Eliane Oneyear. They provided unmeasurable support. Colette was overwhelmed with gratitude for the extraordinary outpouring of support from family, friends and neighbors. She expressed love and appreciation for the wonderful people in her life, including her doctors, healthcare team, and Hospice of the Calumet Area, who treated her with boundless compassion. She cherished the people in her life and valued every small moment that brought joy. Colette had an easy, infectious laugh and a big smile. She was an attentive listener and a vivid storyteller. She loved to share her passion for cooking, and introduced many family and friends to French and Armenian cuisine. Her delicious cheese beureg was always a favorite. As her illness advanced, Colette was blanketed with love from family and friends. Her heart was neither troubled nor afraid. She was at peace. By leaning on her faith, she was able to survive the most difficult days of her life. Though Colette will be missed on earth, we can rejoice. At last, she will have her long awaited reunions, alongside our Heavenly Father.                                                                                                                                                                             Colette was preceded in death by her parents, Kevork and Nectar (Nercessian) Arakelian; her son, Gregory Arabian; sisters Marcelle Terzian and Marie-Claire Nalbandian, as well as two very young siblings, an infant sister and a one year old brother, Yervant. She is survived by her brother Joseph Sarkis Arakelian, and three generations of nephews and nieces extending from the Terzian, Nalbandian and Arakelian families. ~~                                                                                                In Lieu of Flowers ~~ Donations may be made to the following organizations: Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief* By mail: SOAR - Chicago 9500 W. 144th Place P.O. Box 852 Orland Park, IL 60462 www.soar-us.org Hospice of the Calumet Area* Online: HospiceCalumet.org > Donate By check: Hospice of the Calumet Area 600 Superior Ave. Munster, IN 46321 *Kindly include “Colette Arakelian” in comments/memos.                                                                                                                                                Colette's Visitation & the graveside prayers at Mount Hope Cemetery will be private and by invitation only due to the current social distancing restrictions.

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  • ADJEMIAN & SARADJIAN families (Tuesday, May 26 20 06:11 pm EDT)

    Sincere condolences to the whole family from France (from her cousins) :
    Méliné ADJEMIAN
    Perouz and Robert SARADJIAN
    Thierry, Eric and Joelle SARADJIAN

  • Albert Albanese (Thursday, May 28 20 09:54 am EDT)

    Thank you, Colette, for being such a shining light of God’s love.

  • richard, Bruna, & Dliana Zych (Tuesday, June 02 20 09:11 am EDT)

    Colette,you are a true friend.
    God bless you.

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Rosemary Ann Denier

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

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  • Theresa Langlois (Saturday, June 06 20 06:27 am EDT)

    I miss you Mom so much i struggle each day I miss you Love your oldest daughter Theresa

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Carole A. Downes (nee Walsh)

Of Palos Heights, IL passed peacefully on May 17, 2020. She was born in Chicago on June 28, 1935. She joined her lifelong love and husband, James whom she dearly missed since his passing in February. She is survived by her two loving children, Cynthia Downes and her husband William Ellis, James Downes and his wife Jane (Stephic) Downes, and dear friend/daughter Tracy (Sladek) Latek and her husband James Latek and their children Michael, Johnny, and Jack. Carole was born in Chicago and was one of four children, Norman, Joan, and Donna. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Norman Walsh and Dorothy (Dykins) Walsh. Carole was a devoted wife to James, and a loving mother to her children. She was a dear friend and good neighbor to many. She was a loving godmother to Sharon (Botte) Maslona and Jenny(Botte) Doner and proud aunt to many nieces and nephews. She loved her pets including her dog Pumpkin and many other dogs and cats that she nurtured throughout her life. Carole attended Samuel Gompers Elementary School, Saint Peter and Saint Paul High School, and The University of Illinois. The family would like to thank her healthcare workers, her doctor, and her friends/neighbors for their care and compassion. Due to today’s environment the services will be private.

James "Jim, Jimmy or Mac" George McCarthy

Of Chicago, IL passed peacefully in his home on May 15, 2020.  He is survived by his wife Cecile Noel (Rasmussen) and seven loving children, Kay (Terry) Staley from Minnosota, Robert (Tonya) McCarthy from Ohio, Judy (Pawel) Jedynak from Indiana, Jamerson McCarthy from Washington State, Carl (Martha) McCarthy from California, Bonnie McCarthy and Kimberly McCarthy, both from Chicago, and the late Russell McCarthy. James was also the proud grandfather of Jennifer (Kenneth) Flathers, Eric (Nikkie) Staley, Melissa (Tony) Talkowski, Shawna McCarthy, James McCarthy, Janie McCarthy, Caleb McCarthy, Rachel Jedynak, Joshua Jedynak, Jakub Jedynak, Lukus McCarthy, Ashley McCarthy, Tyler McCarthy, and great-grandfather to Matthew, Branden, Justin, Peyton, Teah, Dakota, Liam, Mikayla, Danica, Addelynn, Ezekiel, and Donovan. James was born in Chicago and had one sister, Patricia Berlin of Marengo, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, James McCarthy (Budner) and Marie (Skamarakas).  James worked for over 30 years as a railroad switchman at Union Station in Chicago. He loved to play golf and was a champion golf player on the Forester’s Golf League for many years. As a point of pride, he talked about his hole-in-one for years. His lifelong love affair with the Chicago Cubs was unfailing. He was their biggest fan and we’re grateful he was able to see them win a World Series. As an umpire for the Mt. Greenwood Little League, he inspired hundreds of young players and maybe kicked some of them out of a game or two. He was also a deacon at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church for many years. He spent many hours preparing and distributing food through Meals-on-Wheels. He loved watching 60 year old TV game shows, Jeopardy, eating Hershey’s chocolate, shakes (any sweets for that matter), Aunt Pat’s potato kugelis, and sports (except for maybe hockey). He had a knack for numbers and his infamous favorite pastime was to tell jokes and riddles to anyone willing to listen. He was fond of always asking, “How’s your old tomato?”, as well as saying, “Hey dude!”, and the grandchildren loved encouraging him to take out his false teeth. Finally, the family asks that in honor of James you write Notre Dame University and ask them to dismantle their football program. He wanted everyone to be a Northwestern football fan. The family would like to thank Sanctuary Hospice for their care and compassion. Due to today’s environment the burial will be private. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Jean T. Stuparitz (nee Higgins)

Jean left us peacefully on May 9, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Stuparitz. Preceded in death by her parents; William and Margaret Higgins and sisters; Leona (Donald) Dunlap and Rita (Bud) Hawkins. Survived by her family; Linda (the late Arnold) Mininger, Delilah (Chris) Clark, Emma Cortez, Rilie Cortez, Madison Clark, Jim (the late Betty) Rickard, Harvey Rickard, Mary (Ronald) Marek, and late Tommy Rickard. Jean was also loved by the Stuparitz family and is survived by Rose (the late Walter) Stec, Mary (the late Edward) Stuparitz, Kathryn (Robert) Bowen, Robert (Sharon) Stec, William (Pam) Stec, grandson Christopher Conley and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services & Interment at Saint Mary Cemetery will be private. Arrangements were entrusted to the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER IN PALOS HEIGHTS. 

Dorothy E. Tomes

(nee Weber), of Palos Park and Chicago, IL, lived an amazing 90 years, bringing joy to so many. She died in Chicago peacefully on May 8, 2020. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband and one true love, Joseph E. Tomes in 1986. She is survived by her children, Jason (Amy) Tomes, Joseph Tomes, Jeffrey Tomes and Jennifer (Randy) Tomes Kuipers. Dorothy was the proud grandmother of Ana Guthrie, Ian (Delaney) Tomes, Andy (Ashley) Kuipers, Abigail Kuipers, Jada Tomes, and Alexander Kuipers, and great-grandmother to Lorelei Tomes. Dorothy also leaves her beloved identical twin sister Virginia White, and dozens of cherished nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces. Dorothy was born in Chicago to Burnett and Christine (Davis) Weber and raised on a farmette in Harvey.  She was pre-deceased by her older siblings Mary Josephine (Biggerstaff), Burnett, Eleanor (Zuiker), and Robert. She graduated from Thornton Township High School in Harvey and Marycrest College in Davenport, IA. While working as a legal secretary in Chicago, Dorothy became involved in many community groups, including the Young Republicans, where she met her husband. He took one look at Dorothy and said, “I’m going to marry that woman.” They wed in 1958 and soon afterwards moved from Chicago to Palos Park to raise their family. She loved living in the woods and nature of Palos, and neighbors became lifelong friends. She enjoyed having a home where her children and their friends were always around.  So many animals came to live at that home; some delighted her to no end – her Doberman Pinschers Cobra and Shark, and her German Shorthair Pointer Tex; others she enjoyed because her children and husband enjoyed them (ponies, horses, gerbils, hamsters, cats); while some pushed past her comfort level (the boa constrictor was not a favorite). She remained a dog-lover throughout her life, and when she was around dogs, they knew they would get special attention and maybe even a treat.   Dorothy remained firm in her Catholic faith throughout her life, and her unmistakable joy and love for others defined her so well. Her sense of hospitality made those around her feel special and cared for. She understood the importance of supporting her community; her charm, leadership and people skills blossomed as she volunteered for decades in Palos Park – with her children’s schools, the Palos Community Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, Palos Park Fine Arts Committee, Palos Newcomer’s Club, Recording for the Blind, and the Quarterly Dance Club, among others. She loved golfing, ballroom and swing dancing, fishing, dogs, card games, chocolate, potato chips, and fried chicken (dark meat only!). But most of all, she loved taking care of her family and loved ones. She will be remembered for her smile that would light up a room, lively personality, fabulous animal prints, sparkling jewelry, bright lipstick, and red nail polish. For the sake of safety in this time of the pandemic, funeral services will be private. The family would like to thank Smith Village in Chicago for their great care and compassion.

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  • Kathleen Kowalski (Tuesday, May 12 20 04:14 pm EDT)

    A wonderful memorial for my dearest Aunt. I even learned a few things😊 I look forward to celebrating her life with you all in the future. Love and hugs

  • Kim Oswald (Friday, May 15 20 02:00 pm EDT)

    Dear Jason Tomes and Family - though I never met your mother personally, this obituary brought her heart and soul to life for me. She will obviously be dearly missed by many family and friends. Rest peacefully Dorothy and my heartfelt condolences to all who are grieving her loss.

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Toni Renee Wiessner

Funeral Services & Interment will be private.

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  • joyce gordon (Wednesday, May 13 20 08:11 pm EDT)

    Toni you will be missed so very much. Your laughter was so great. You lit up the room when you entered. I know you have found peace with the other angels.

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Albert W. Young

 “Al” passed May 5, 2020. Age 87, entered his new life peacefully at Franciscan Village-Mother Theresa Home in Lemont, IL where he died of natural causes (Non-Covid). Brother of Janice (Miller) and Jeannie (Gates), Al is predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Therese (Nessner), and survived by devoted children: daughter Cathleen Winnick (James), and sons, James (Lori), Thomas (Donna), David (Sloan) and John (Jenny); and his brother-in-law, Jack Nessner (Marilyn). Proud grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 6, as well as uncle and godfather to many, Al prayed faithfully to St. Claire and the Little Flower, and served many years as a youth sports coach and parish volunteer at Holy Ghost Church in South Holland, IL, St. Alexander Parish in Palos, IL and St. Timothy Church in Lady Lake, FL, where he retired to and lived from 2001 until 2014. In retirement he travelled the world with his wife and lifelong friends Joan Wherity, and Robert and Evelyn Schmidt. Born in Chicago, IL, he graduated from Mt. Carmel High School, and established his five-decade career as an owner of a manufacturers’ representative business in food service, since handed over to his son and operating now as Hannah & Young. Each year he cheered for his beloved White Sox wearing his lucky green cap. Proud of his service in the United States Navy, he treasured participating in the Honor Flight of United States military veterans as one of the highlights of his full life. The family will celebrate his life at a time when friends and relatives can gather close to share stories, sing songs, and laugh. In addition to his family, Al will be remembered by a large circle of loving friends, golf partners, work associates, and all those he came to know during his long and eventful life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Franciscan Village-Mother Theresa Home. 

Phyllis M. Mulderink (nee Hartl)

Age 80 of Worth, IL passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020. Phyllis was born March 10, 1940 in Worth, IL to the late; Otto & Phyllis (nee Krumwiede) Hartl.  Devoted wife of Jim Mulderink Sr. for 61 years. Loving mother of James (Tricia) Mulderink Jr. & Crystal Mulderink. Proud “oma” of Matthew Mulderink.  Dear sister of the late Otto (Carol) Hartl Sr. and the late; Ella (Reed) Powers Sr.  Fond sister-in-law, aunt and friend of many.  Funeral Services & Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will be private.  Memorial Services will take place at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER IN PALOS HEIGHTS.

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  • Tricia matthew (Tuesday, May 05 20 10:36 pm EDT)

    Thank you mom for loving Matthew and taking care of him all these years and helping me take care of him a and all his appts you took me with him I good never ask for a wonderful mother in law thank u for u done for the two of all these years and the love you gave to us I know you are Matthew Angel now we love you so much thank you for taking care of us and loving us we will miss you very much

  • Matthew mulderink (Tuesday, May 05 20 10:52 pm EDT)

    Omar I love you so much thank you for loving me and help take care of me all these years you were the best Oma you were with me every day took me every where I needed to go thank you so much for what you did for and thank you for loving me I'm going to miss you so much thank you for being the best Omar I love you matthew

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Honesto M. Maglaya

Funeral Services & Inurnment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will take place at a later date.

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