Alsip, Joanne M. (nee Meyer)  

 Beloved wife of the late Blaine H. Alsip. Cherished mother of Cheryl L. (Keith Myers) Schwanbeck, David R. and Daniel H. (Sue). Adored gram of Michele (Misty) Woodrich and Lauren Schwanbeck. Dear great grandma of Addison and Averie. Fond sister of Janice M. (Larry) Nugent. Loving Aunt of Amanda Godfrey.   Visitation Wednesday, September 23rd from 9:00 a.m until time of chapel prayers, 11:00a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 West 127th Street, Palos Heights. Proceeding to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, service 11:30 a.m.   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.   Interment First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.

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  • John and Kathleen Vinson (Monday, September 21 20 10:29 pm EDT)

    Our condolences to the family. My husband John and I are members of Good Shepherd.

  • Kathy Jones (Wednesday, October 07 20 08:00 pm EDT)

    Cheryl, David, and Daniel, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know that I am keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers. Sending all my love, Kathy

  • Joan Meyers (Thursday, January 14 21 12:55 pm EST)

    It had to be a very Difficult holiday for the Alsip family. Being longtime members of Good Shepherd Lutheran we came to know your mother Joanne and your dad, Blaine. They occupied nearly the same pew each Sunday and sometimes we saw some of their children join them.
    My deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I am sorry during the Covid Virus, I have pretty much stayed inactive, and missed being with you at the time of Joanne's passing. This comes after the holidays, but please know you have been in thought and prayers. In memory of your mother, "Though the voice is quiet, the spirit echoes still"
    Hold close the loving memories. Blessings in 2021.
    Joan Meyers - Palos Heights, Il.

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Marguerite Ann McMahon

Dearly beloved daughter of the late Michael and Anne, nee Cleary; loving sister of late Thomas McMahon and late Mary Margaret (late Robert) Joyce; devoted aunt of Paul Joyce of Woods Hole MA, Ann (Robert) Eiden of Brecksville OH, and Robert (Jennifer) Joyce of Westfield IN; great-aunt of Elise Eiden, Chelsey Joyce (Brian) Dean, Brendan (Lauren) Joyce and Robert Joyce; great-grand-aunt of Molly, Connor and Declan Dean. 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. Visitation Tuesday, September 22nd from 10:30 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.  Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  Masses in her memory or Memorials to Misericordia Home, 6300 North Ridge Chicago IL 60660 would be appreciated.   

Robert J. Zeder Sr.

Funeral Service and Interment will be private.

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  • James ( Jocko ) OConnor (Saturday, September 26 20 10:57 am EDT)

    My condolences and prayers to the Zeder family.
    Rest In Peace Robert

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Denise M. McCarthy - Borkowski

Beloved wife and best friend of Glen Borkowski for over 30 years, loving mother of Kristin Sabatino and Rachel McCarthy, devoted Grandmother of Aidan Sabatino, dear sister of Anita Newman and Michelle Tuenge, caring daughter-in-law of Carol Borkowski, fond aunt of many nieces and nephews, and was preceded in death by her parents Regina and William McCarthy. Denise raised her children with laughter, a stern eyebrow that kept them in check, and in a house filled with her piano music. With the children grown up, Glen and Denise continued their adventures joined by Annie, the border collie, who always kept them on their toes. In addition to her immediate family, she leaves behind chosen daughter and grand - daughter Beth and Elisa Roche and many cousins and friends who are forever grateful for her presence in their lives. Denise attended St. Christina and Longwood Academy schools in Chicago, graduated from Northern Illinois University, and earned a Master’s degree from Chicago State University. Denise had a 30-year career in the Burbank School District 111. She had a passion for learning that extended to her students. She always encouraged them, expecting them to succeed and never giving up on them. After “retirement”, Denise began successful business, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen with Glen and was a treasured volunteer at the Crisis Center for South Suburbia for 13 years. Her passing is a profound loss to all who knew her. We will remember her as a strong, intelligent, and incredibly selfless woman with a wicked sense of humor. She lived every moment of her life on her own terms. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please honor Denise by donating in her name to Sleep in Heavenly Peace (Oak Forest) and the Bridge Teen Center, organizations that Denise cherished.

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  • Rachel (Friday, September 18 20 01:18 pm EDT)

    Thinking of you laughing with Carol K., sitting and talking with Poppy, having a good verbal tussle with Gram, hugging Jack, and getting a "what took you so long, kid?" from Uncle Jay.

    You've left us better than we started, Mom.

  • Bob O'Brien (Friday, September 18 20 02:28 pm EDT)

    Loved you like a sister, Deanie, You will be hugely missed.

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Raymond M. Manypenny Jr.

Age 87. Veteran U.S. Army. Beloved Husband of Patricia J. Manypenny (nee Lenke). Dear Father of Mark G. (Cyndie), Scott G. & Brett W. Manypenny. Grandfather of Justin P. Mattocks & Marisa Manypenny. Great Grandfather of Cassidy, Jaxon, & Lexi Mattocks. Uncle of Many Nieces and Nephews and a Friend to All. Avid Golfer, Bowler and Cubs Fan. Visitation Tuesday, Sept. 15th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights, Illinois 60463. 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. Interment with Military Honors at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Wednesday Sept. 16th at 1:00 p.m. Family and friends please meet at the Cemetery Visitors Center at 12:45 p.m.

Mary Margaret Hilger (nee O'Connor)

Age 89.5 years young. Preceded in death by her beloved husband Walter and two of her sons, Wally and Bill. M&M, as she was lovingly referred to by many, was the oldest of five children born to William and Margaret O’Connor. She married Walter in 1954 and together they had eight children; Wally (Terri), Bill, Peggi (Keith), Patti (Dick), Dave (Lynn), Nanci (Steve), Joani (Murray), and Julie (Jr.) She was blessed with 19 grandchildren who loved their Grama, and eight great grandchildren who loved their Grama Grams. M&M was one of a kind. Beautiful, wise and witty. She was a true legend, the matriarch of her family and a second mom and Grama to many. She will be forever loved and missed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to W.E.L.D. (Women Encouraging Living Donation) or The Andrew Weishar Foundation. https:// Funeral Services & Interment will be private.

Violet J. Thomas (nee Skurka)

Born May 20, 1926 Whiting, Indiana, Passed away Sept. 7, 2020 Joliet, Illinois   Beloved Wife of the Late Robert H. Thomas Sr. Dear Mother of Robert (Jeanine) Thomas Jr., Gayle (Danny) Herron & James (Sandy) Thomas & and the Late Glen M. Thomas. Grandmother of Jake (Carolyn) Herron, Justin (Stephanie) Herron, Brianna Herron, Melissa (Travis) Fish, Derek ( Heather ) Thomas, Holly (Jacob) Schroeder, Kyle ( Kathleen) Thomas & Michael ( Jennifer) Thomas. Great Grandmother of Austin, Isaac, Abby, Amber, Jake Jr., Vinny, Danny, Jayce, Noah, Benjamín, Maddie, Andrew, Will, Jason & Stephanie. Daughter of the Late Mary (nee Cook) and John Skurka Preceded in death by brother Clem Skurka, Sister Irene, Marie, Cecilia, Agnes and Betty. After high school Violet attended modeling school in New York City, she then worked at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. She met her husband, Robert Hull Thomas at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago. They were married and had 4 Children. They resided in Palos Heights since 1952. She and her husband were the owners of Thomas Appliances and Furniture on 52nd and Halsted in Chicago, and later relocated to Chicago Ridge where Violet worked until the building was sold in 2014. 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.  Visitation Thursday, Sept. 10th from 11:00 am until time of Chapel Service 2:00 pm. at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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  • John Skurka (Wednesday, September 09 20 06:45 pm EDT)

    God Speed Aunt Violet - please rest in peace with your brother and sisters in heaven!

  • Karen Kemmerer (Wednesday, September 09 20 06:52 pm EDT)

    God bless you Aunt Violet. Rest In Peace and May God always hold you in the palm of his hand. With Love, Karen

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Joseph Sarkis Arakelian

Joseph Sarkis Arakelian, of Mokena, Illinois, (formerly of Oak Forest) passed away on September 1, 2020, following a valiant 2-week battle with the coronavirus. He was 91 years young.


Joe was born on February 10, 1929 in the Saint-Antoine district of Marseille, France to Kevork and Nectar (Nersessian) Arakelian. When he was ten years old, his father, a respected painter, died an untimely death leaving his mother with four children, including a newborn sister. At the same time, World War II broke out and the Germans occupied France. The family experienced difficult times along with the rest of the community. Joe would recount how they persevered, in no small part because of his parents’ experience surviving the Armenian Genocide. His mother made sure the family was fed and healthy through smart preparation and imaginative acquisition of essentials. 


Joe attended school in Marseille up to the age of 13. As the only son, Joe felt compelled to discontinue school to support his family. As an enterprising youngster, he sought various ways of earning money, including buying and selling goods that were in short supply, and harvesting wheat during the growing season. He later described this as the hardest physical work of his life. Joe ultimately apprenticed as a shoemaker and quickly plied his trade at shops in the Armenian quarter of Saint-Antoine. It was through these early experiences that he came to live by the motto “you never give up” in anything you pursue.


The Armenian community was an important aspect of Joe’s life in France. As a young man he was a member of the Nor Serount (New Generation) youth group. Despite the post-war challenges, Joe’s memories of those days were of great fun with his Armenian buddies, each with comical nick-names, and Saturday night dances in the town square. This is where he perfected the Spanish dance, the Paso Doble. Joe was a skilled dancer with a charismatic personality. He spoke of an inspired moment when he confidently leapt onto a stage to dance with Charo, who was performing with her husband, band leader Xavier Cugat. 


Seeking opportunity after the war, Joe moved to America in 1950, joining his uncle in the West Pullman neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Through French-Armenian circles, Joe met Elisabeth Benneyan, a pretty young woman from Valence, France who came to Chicago one year earlier. Betty, as he called her, worked at the soda fountain counter of Steinway Drug Store. Joe sat on a corner stool for hours until the end of Betty’s shifts for a chance to walk her home. He soon won Betty’s heart, and she became his bride on January 26th, 1952. 


Four months later, Joe drove from Chicago to Ellis Island, New York to welcome his sister Marie Claire Nalbandian, her husband Jean and their two young sons to America. The remaining members of his family arrived in the years that followed. Less than a year into their marriage, Joe joined the U.S. Army. He served for two years during the Korean War at various posts in the U.S. and Europe. On his return, he enthusiastically resumed life in Chicago with his wife and growing family. 


During their 68 years of marriage, Betty and Joe were blessed with four children, Annette, Linda, Denise, and Kevork. He was affectionately called Pépé by his eight grandchildren, Richard and Simone Varadian, Sarkis and Sevan Sultanian, Mesrop, Raffi and Sona Borekjian, and Grace Anoush Arakelian. Over the last four years Joe delighted in his role as great-grandfather to Jack and Louis Sultanian.


The evolution of Joe’s career was influenced by his sense of adventure. After initial stints as a factory worker, photographer, and television repairman, he concluded that he was not cut out to work for others. Joe became an unstoppable entrepreneur with limitless talents and a hunger for knowledge in different fields. With an abundance of passion, determination and fearlessness, Joe carved his own path. 


Buoyed with the support of his hard-working wife Betty, Joe set forth into a 66-year series of business ventures in and around Chicago. Among them, Babette Shoes, Chicken La Belle Restaurant, Sarkis Commercial Kitchen Builders, Sarkis and Son Construction, Sarkis Estates, and Old Mill Pond Plaza. It gave Joe great pleasure when, as his son Kevork came of age, he chose to work alongside his dad. 


While raising the family, it was important to Joe and Betty that their children be involved in the Armenian Church, their youth groups and community activities. Even during their restaurant years, which were the most difficult with 14-hour days and 7-day work weeks, they made sure the family remained strongly connected to their church and Armenian heritage. 


When local churches asked Joe to lend his expertise and resources, he was always ready. He helped with various building projects, such as the installation of commercial kitchens and heating and cooling systems. Joe was especially proud of his contributions to the paved brick walkway leading to the prominent Khatchkar outside the doors of Sts. Joachim and Anne Church. In 2001, the granite Khatchkar was commissioned to a renowned artisan from Armenia. Joe and Betty were honored to host him during his weeks in the U.S.


Joe maintained close ties with local and federal politicians who were instrumental in supporting issues of importance to the Armenian community. He avidly supported U.S. Congressmen Lipinski and Sangmeister. For civic gatherings, Betty launched into action, baking hundreds of trays of her famous Armenian and French confections. They attended many political gatherings, including an event for then-U.S. Senator Obama leading up to his presidential campaign. 


Joe loved life. He woke each morning charged for the day, excited about his lofty plans for the future. There was always work to do, which was just how he liked it. His morning routine began with a hearty farmer’s breakfast of two eggs and great mounds of vegetables from his cherished garden. Gardening was his heaven on earth. Tending to his seedlings gave him, in equal measure, a thrill and a sense of peace. That is also how he felt about his children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. He stayed actively involved with his family members. Spending time with them, whether in person or on the phone, invigorated Joe, and, vice versa. He followed their achievements in school, career and personal lives. His advice on life was solid, urging each to work hard, follow their passions, and above all, to create a life that made them happy. 


If you met Joe, you remembered Joe. He was gregarious and interested. He lived his life vigorously and unafraid. He was bigger than life and fully engaged. It was with that same immensity that Joe loved his wife, his family, his friends, and his community. Though gone from this world, he will remain forever in our hearts. Until we meet again.


We are living in a time of social distancing, so we understand those that do not feel comfortable attending the services. We love and appreciate all of our family and friends for their kind words and support during these challenging times.


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..


Visitation Friday, September 11th from 4 until 9 p.m. with Dan Gark Service at 7:30 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W 127th Street, Palos Heights.


Family & Friends will gather Saturday, Septmeber 12th directly at Saints Joachim & Anne Armenian Church, 12600 S. Ridgeland Avenue, Palos Heights, service 11:00 a.m.


Interment Saint John Cemetery,20200 S. Wolf Road, Mokena.


In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Saints Joachim & Anne Armenian Church, Memo: Joseph Arakelian would be appreciated. 

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  • Charles Varadian (Sunday, September 06 20 06:11 pm EDT)

    Asdvadz Hokeen Lusavoreh
    A wonderful man kind generous and loving.
    Il nous manquera pour toujours.

  • Anahid Varadian (Wednesday, September 09 20 06:15 pm EDT)

    So sorry to hear the sad news of Joe, a dear husband, father, and grandfather. He lived a full and happy life always with a smile. The Varadian family, past and present was and is proud to have had Joe as our “khunamie” Our sincere condolence to Betty and family as well as all extended family members. Anahid (Karentz) Varadian and Family (Paul, Diana and Christine). Cranston, RI

  • ADJEMIAN & SARADJIAN families (Friday, September 18 20 05:44 pm EDT)

    Sincere condolence to the whole ARAKELIAN family;
    From his cousins from France, ADJEMIAN and SARADJIAN families, Polorit serdantz gue hampourenk.

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Leslie "COACH" Sparrey

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