Gilbert Paul Markus

Gilbert Paul Markus of South Holland, IL formerly of Riverdale, IL passed peacefully on 12/24/21 surrounded by family. He succumbed to a reoccurrence of lymphoma which was complicated by his battle with Alzheimer’s.  He was born in Blue Island on October 16, 1943.  He was the beloved husband of his loving wife Wanda (Sam Son Lee) Markus.    He is survived by his loving daughters, Pauline (Matt) Smith, Cindi (Mike) Garetto, Michelle (Dan) Kelley and step-son Jae (Late Stephanie)Lee Reubke. Gilbert was the proud grandfather of Matthew Smith Jr, Michael Smith, Isabella Garetto, Michael Garetto Jr, Brooke Kelley and Tyler Kelley.  He was preceded in death by his parents, August Markus and Emily (Helmuth) Markus.   Gilbert enjoyed working many years as a Foreman, in the steel tubing industry at Leavitt Tube, T & B Tube and Great Lakes Tube. Upon retirement he continued to work and transitioned to the transportation industry for Rezenberger and really enjoyed transporting the crew members in the rail industry.  Gilbert was an avid bowler and was a member of the American Bowling Congress.  He enjoyed touring and traveling with his family and friends as he competed in tournaments across the Midwest and regularly bowled in many leagues in area bowling alleys.  Gil was the owner of Gilley’s (bowling) Pro Shop located in Tri-City Lanes in Dolton, IL, Parkview Lanes in Riverdale, IL and then moved on to Fair Lanes in Dolton, IL.  Gilbert loved to play golf and enjoyed both Nascar and Indy auto racing.  Gilbert was very passionate about volunteering and helping others.  Gilbert was an active parishioner of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tinley Park, IL and was active his in faith. His spiritually grew even deeper when he became an active member of Gamblers Anonymous.  He was very passionate about volunteering and helping others including sponsorship and support within a community of so many of whom helped him and so many of whom he helped.    Gilbert was a wonderful father and instilled in his daughters to live a life of integrity, kindness, respect, gratitude, and generosity filled with love and laughter. He loved his daughters very much and was overjoyed to have gained sons.  They loved and cared for him like a father as much as he loved them as sons. He loved to spend time with his family, extended family, dear friends and especially his grandchildren.  He enjoyed attending their school, church and sporting events.  Family dinners and gatherings were very important to him.  He ended every call with “Love you more” even when he said it first.  He enjoyed calling and saying, I’m going to order and drop off a pizza will you be home? Or I’m coming out your way, do you need anything? or Can you put on a pot of coffee?  He had the best stories and was a great story-teller and the stories were plentiful.  He really enjoyed sharing them and spreading laugher and joy.  He had many nicknames and one of them being “Never Better Gil”, whenever he was asked how he was doing, he would reply “Never Better” and he really tried to live his life as this day today, was better than the last.   Gilbert attended St. Paul Lutheran School in Dolton, IL and Thornton Township High School in Harvey, IL.   Gilbert served in the US Army and was a Vietnam Veteran, having served in South Korea where he met his wife of 54 years.  Gilbert was very proud of the family and love that he and his wife built together over the years.  He was proud to serve his country and grateful for the love of and for his wife and family which began when he met his beautiful wife in South Korea while serving.   Gilbert had the most generous and kind spirit towards loved ones and strangers alike.   Gilbert will be dearly missed by his family and friends.    Lying-in-state Thursday, December 30th from 3:30 p.m. until time of service, 4:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 6850 West 159th Street, Tinley Park   Interment Friday, December 31st at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 10:00 a.m. 

Dennis W. Cerniuk Sr.

Funeral services & interment will be private.

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  • Diana Karlman (Wednesday, December 29 21 03:10 am EST)

    So sorry to hear of the passing
    of Dennis.

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Marilyn L. Propp

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Richard J. Capuano

Proud U.S. Army Veteran during the Korean War Era.   Beloved husband of Glenda K. Capuano (nee Horejs). Loving father of Mary Lynn (Steven) Wolfram, John Capuano, James Capuano & Jeanne (Michael) Kelly. Cherished papa of Steven & Daniel (Jamie) Calandriello, Stephanie Koern, Samantha (Eric) Stutz, Courtney, Alison, Algenia, Casey & Tori Capuano, Andrew Kelly, Brittany (Adam) Schlafhauser, David Kelly & Bridget (Everett) Van Horn. Adoring great grandfather of 10. Dear brother of Dolores Gallagher, Thomas (Dannie) Capuano, Jack (Maureen) Capuano, Bonnie (Thomas) Nowak & the late Sister Donna Capuano. Kind uncle of many nieces & nephews.   Memorial Visitation Sunday, December 19th from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.   Chapel prayers Monday, December 20th, 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.   Interment will be private. 

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  • Larry, Kathy, Melissa and Nathan (Friday, December 17 21 09:04 am EST)

    Jeanne, Mike,& Kelly Family
    May all your memories and love be with you and help you through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Larry, Kathy, Melissa & Nathan

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Elaine A. Foley

Family and friends will gather directly at St. Mary Cemetery for Committal Prayers on Thursday, December 16, 2021. 

Joanne C. Sousa

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  • Dianna Sousa (Thursday, December 16 21 07:51 am EST)

    I love you mom and miss you so much

  • Lynn Riggle Scott (Thursday, December 23 21 08:01 pm EST)

    So very sorry for your loss.

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John Michael Freimuth 

‘Papa’ suddenly passed away in the comfort of his home from heart complications at age 82.    Since 1972 John was a resident of Palos Heights, IL.  John was born and raised in Sheboygan, WI where he went to Central High School, class of 57. He started his studies at Stevens Point College and transferred to University of Wisconsin in Madison where he studied Business Communications.  John graduated from Lakeland College now Lakeland University earning a BS degree in Business Economics, class of 64. John lived out his dream for working for himself and started his own company, John M Freimuth & Associates where he designed and sold business forms to many companies, but mainly hospitals.   John enjoyed the outdoors and absolutely loved hunting, fishing and collecting decoys. He thoroughly enjoyed playing basketball and loved watching college football bowl games, March Madness and the Green Bay Packers.   He looked forward to yearly trips to Canada with friends and family vacations to his hometown Sheboygan, WI.   His love for sports allowed him to coach his daughters, Erika and Gretchen, in softball and later became the commissioner for the girl’s softball league at St. Alexander Church. He thoroughly enjoyed watching his daughter and grandsons in all their sports.   He volunteered for the Lion’s Club and helped in many capacities.   John loved entertaining and enjoyed grilling many delicacies for friends and family at his home on 71st Ave where he and his family made many lifelong friends. He thoroughly enjoyed how his backyard mimicked the forest preserves and attracted many ducks and wild animals that became his friends and frequented for his handouts.     Beloved Husband of the late Janet S. Freimuth (nee Gross).   Loving Father of Erika (Donny) Carter and Gretchen Freimuth.   Cherished Papa of twin grandsons Jax and Kenny Carter.    He was the uncle of John Graff, Julie (Adam) Bloomenstein; great uncle of Leah Perle and Stefan, Vicki Graff, great uncle to Dominique, Jeff (Deborah) Leicht, great uncle of Jennifer and Jacqueline,  June (David) Miller, great uncle Joseph and Katie (Christian), Julie Barth, great uncle of Matt (Caitie) and Todd.    He leaves behind his cherished cats, George, Squeaky, Kona & Fluffy.   He was preceded in death by his mother, Henrietta, father Edward Freimuth from Sheboygan, WI and his sister Diane Graff (nee Freimuth) from California.     Visitation Friday, December 10th from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.   Chapel prayers Saturday, December 11th, 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.   Interment will be private. 

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  • Gene Goldberg (Sunday, December 05 21 11:04 pm EST)

    I have known John since high school. In recent years we have emailed and texted, frequently. I shared many of his political positions, usually, not to the degree he did. I loved to tease him by telling him that he was too liberal. I always respected him and will miss him. I valued his friendship.

  • Jill Klabunde Stagner (Tuesday, December 07 21 04:33 pm EST)

    Wonderful parent and friend. Many good times together with the Family. I will miss you. ❤️

  • Don Rooney (Wednesday, December 08 21 05:53 pm EST)

    I was John’s carpenter, plumber, electrical consultant. Known him for 42 years . He made me laugh a lot ! We talked politics but me an John were both on different sides of the fence. We basically badgered each other about our preferences. I will miss my old Friend John was a man of his own . Good guy , Good Friend. An a Great family!

  • Chris Roenitz (Thursday, December 09 21 09:54 pm EST)

    Although he was a friend to my siblings I always followed him. It was so obvious that he full of life.

  • BOB SAUER (Friday, December 10 21 12:17 pm EST)

    I MET SMILING JOHN YEARS AGO AT MN. DECOY SHOW. TRADITION, AT MIDWEST SHOW IN ST. CHARLES ,WAS TO PILE IN JOHN'S CLASSIC STATION WAGON & GO OUT FOR CHINESE FOOD.JOHN WOULD LET US CHECK THE MENU FOR 15 MINS. HE WOULD THEN ORDER (FIRST) FOR ALL OF US WHAT HE WANTED TO EAT.MEMORIES WERE MADE TELLING DECOY STORIES WITH JOHN,JIM, CARTER, & ME.WE WILL MISS JOHN'S MYSTIC & STORIES.

  • Margaret Sullivan (Friday, December 10 21 12:37 pm EST)

    Gretchen so sorry for your loss ,

  • Tracey Kihnke (Friday, December 10 21 03:43 pm EST)

    Gretchen and Erica, We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers. The Kihnke Family (Tracey, Colin, Myles, Kate and Keesen)

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Robert Skoczen

Age 64, of Palos Heights, formerly of Oak Forest, passed away on December 7, 2021.    Loving husband of Gloria Skoczen; beloved father of Lisa (Dan) Garza; dear grandfather of Sabrina; dear brother of Jim (Jean) Skoczen, Rick (Deanna) Skoczen, beloved brother-in-law, dear uncle of many nieces and nephews, and dear Grand "P" of Sweet Pea and Pumpkin.  Funeral service & interment will be private.

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  • Wendy Rice (Friday, December 10 21 02:58 pm EST)

    So sorry for your heartbreaking loss. I pray for comfort and strength for Gloria, Lisa and all of Bob's family.

  • Peter Connelly (Friday, December 10 21 06:33 pm EST)

    Rest easy dear brother. A huge loss to our family … watching and playing sports will never be the same.

  • Donna Kopoulos (Monday, December 13 21 12:27 pm EST)

    My deepest sympathies and condolences to Gloria, Lisa and the entire Skoczen Family. My prayers are with you all. God Bless you.

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Patricia T. Baran (nee Kelley)

Dear Wife of Dennis J. Baran Fond Mother of Stephanie Baran Sister in Law of Noreen ( the late Julio ) Raphel, Karen ( the late Thomas ) Peters & the late Gerald ( Virginia )  Baran Aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday, December 9th from 2:00 pm until time of Services at 6:00 pm at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th St. Palos Heights, Il. Patricia was an avid supporter of education and students with learning disabilities. Interment Private

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Albert A. Hartler

 passed peacefully on December 3, 2021 with his family surrounding him with love.   Albert was born 94 years ago, to Stephen Hartler and Theresa (Pratcher) Hartler in October 1927, Chicago, Illinois.   He joined the United States Marine Corp after High School enlisting in 1945, Ranking as a Private First Classman to the Pacific areas, participation in the areas of China until his discharge.  After his departure from the Marine Corp, Albert spent a career with the Chicago Northwestern Railroad until his retirement.   He was married 61 years to his devoted and loving wife Julie (Kroll) Hartler, where they resided for over sixty years raising their family. Albert, a long time resident of Crestwood, IL  participated in the growth and development of the Crestwood community.  He was hard working and instrumental in launching and maintaining Little League Basesball program for the youth of the neighborhood.   Albert was an avid admirer of the outdoors and spent time with friends fishing various fishing ponds and lakes throughout the states.  He also had a passion for the game of baseball and a fan of the Chicago Cubs, seeing the World Series 2016 winning game.   He most recently moved to Peace Village of Palos Park, where he made wonderful friendships and enjoyed daily activities, and a weekly Chicago Cubs game with a shot of whiskey.   Albert is survived by his loving children, Pamela (Steve) Kulovitz, Kevin (Gina) Hartler.   Proud Papa to David J. Hartler  and Logan M. Hartler.   Albert was a close brother to siblings, Harry (June), Lillian (Fred), Emily, (Ted), Bill (Ann) and Theresa (Melvin).   Brother-in-Law to Late Mary Ann (Raymond) Jonns, & Patricia Oboikovitz.   Uncle to Late Rae Ann (Rich) Ellis. Jeff (Diana) Jonns & Family Jakkie (Tom) Tisa & Family, Scott Oboikovitz, Late Christopher Oboikovitz. Great Uncle to Bekki & Adam, Caitlyn & Dan, Jennifer & Joe and their children.   Services will be private Wednesday, December 8, 2021.   The family would like to thank you for your thoughts and prayers.   Donations appreciated to your local Veterans organizations.

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  • Pamela Hartler-Kulovitz (Tuesday, December 07 21 11:37 am EST)

    Cheers to You Dad! the Best of the Best, for always looking out for us, showing us the way, making things right when it all went wrong, giving us all the values and teaching us the "respect given is respect back", a for sunny days that deserve ~ a gone fishing ~ with a Lifetime "best buddy". Today you find your way home to Mom & to a new beautiful life. You will be missed by Our Family. We love you! Cheers to a wonderful life of 94 years! We enjoyed every moment spent with You. Keep your Eye on Us from Heaven Above. I love you Dad. XO.

  • Jim Goodman (Tuesday, December 07 21 06:53 pm EST)

    I will miss him at the decoy shows.

  • Rick Badeusz (Wednesday, December 08 21 04:32 pm EST)

    I knew Al many years ago at Irondale yard.
    I worked for Cargill and he was the CNW agent.
    I was a young guy getting started and he was very helpful and very professional.

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William L. McEvilly

Proud U.S. Navy Veteran during the Korean Conflict Era. Fire Fighter for 30 years with the Alsip Fire Dept. starting his career there as one of the “Original 12” and retiring as a Lieutenant.   Beloved husband of the late Joy Leigh McEvilly (nee Santoro). Loving father of William T. (Cynthia), Robert (Laura) & Michael (Tanya) McEvilly. Cherished grandfather of Kevin, Robert, Mark, Daniel, Eric, Miranda & Nicolas. Dear brother of Jean Spitkowsky & Susan Atzman. Fond uncle of many.  Visitation Monday, December 6th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   Chapel prayers Tuesday, December 7th, 9:00 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Incarnation Church, Mass 9:30 a.m.   Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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Christina M. Stepuszek (nee Kuzniar)  

 Beloved wife of Richard. Loving mother of Richard (Peggy), Christopher, Paul (Maggie), Mark (Tracey), Daniel (Nancy) & Anthony (Sandy). Fond grandmother of 14.   Visitation Sunday, December 5th from 2:00 – until 7:00 p.m. Chapel prayers Monday, December 6th, 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 Good Shepherd Cemetery.

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