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Funeral services and interment will take place in Tuscumbia, AL.

Anthony D. Nowak, Jr.

 passed away peacefully on June 15th, 2021, surrounded by family at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, IL. Anthony is survived by his wife (Laura) of almost 40 years of marriage, his children; Robert, Natalie (Zachary), and Richard, his siblings; Margaret, James, Diane, Joseph, Mary Jo, and John and many brother and sister in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Anthony and Joanne Nowak and his sister Virginia. Anthony was born on August 8th,1956 in Chicago, IL. He grew up in The Bush neighborhood. His favorite childhood memory was going to Rainbow Beach and then heading over to Russell Square Park for a game with the “Rat Pack” (named by Alice Grabarczyck, which included his friends: Dave “Crazy,” Billie O’Whene, Porky, Larry, Steve “Chicho,” and Jerome “Juby”). Anthony’s first job was a paper route at age 12 and then he worked at his brothers’ paper stand at the gates of U.S. Steel on 83rd St. At 16, he started working at Sears on 79th Street in the Sporting Goods Department. After working at Sears until he was 24, he began working at U.S. Steel. When the steel mill closed, he went on to work at Georgia Pacific in Blue Island. Finally, Anthony got into the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District where he worked his way up to the position of Assistant Master Mechanic and was a Local 134 Electrician. Anthony and Laura shared classes together at Bowen High School. It is when they started working at Sears together that they truly became friends. They continued their friendship while students at UIC. Eventually, they married on September 12th, 1981. In 1987, Anthony and Laura moved to Midlothian where they immediately started their family. Anthony was an active parishioner at St. Christopher Church. He enjoyed reading his newspapers, solving crossword puzzles, watching anything that taught him something new, and getting every answer correct on Jeopardy. He loved every moment of skiing with his friends. He made friends that he considered family at the MWRD. He adored his in-laws, the Urdiales Family, who welcomed him into the family as their own. He also cherished his experiences traveling on family vacations and sharing family traditions (breaking oplatki and making tamales). Anthony worked extremely hard for everything he had. He was an excellent example of strength and perseverance; he fought very hard to stay on Earth with those he loved. He was a devoted Catholic, a good friend, a thoughtful family member, a selfless father, and a beautiful husband.  Please note: For the health and safety of all and in order to accommodate all family and friends, we ask that you keep your visit brief. The funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments.   Visitation Saturday, June 19th from 3 until 8 p.m. with a chapel service at 7:30 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights. Interment will be private.

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  • Pamela Taylor (MWRD) (Thursday, June 17 21 04:30 pm EDT)

    Laura and family I offer my deepest condolences. It was my pleasure to know and work with Tony. Heaven has definitely gained an angel. R.I.P. My friend.

  • Stephen Carmody (Thursday, June 17 21 09:45 pm EDT)

    My sincerest condolences to the Nowak family. Tony was a great coworker, a real GO-TO guy. I will always remember our times solving problems together.

  • Gloria Diaz (Saturday, June 19 21 12:10 am EDT)

    Dear Laura, Natalie, Bobby and Ricky, our heartfelt thoughts to you.
    Tony will always be in our hearts and memories. Wishing you strength and peace.God bless, Gloria and Rene

  • Larry Serafin (Saturday, June 19 21 09:10 am EDT)

    My sincerest condolences to the Nowak family. I grew up with Tony, and of course we shared a lot of memories together. Sometimes I wish I never moved to Florida, because I know we would still be hanging around together. RIP my friend, you will be deeply missed.

  • Jim Rybicki (Saturday, June 19 21 11:39 am EDT)

    My deepest condolences to you and your family Laura. You and your family will be in our prayers. I grew up knowing Tony from the Bush and used to be Tony’s maintenance partner on nights over the years at SCA. He will be remembered fondly and be sadly missed.

  • Maria J. Hernandez (Saturday, June 19 21 02:16 pm EDT)

    Laura, Bobby, Natalie, and Ricky, I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you.
    I pray that your memories of him will sustain you through this difficult time.

  • John Taylor (Saturday, June 19 21 03:44 pm EDT)

    Tony you were always a good guy. It was a pleasure working with you. My condolences to your family.

  • Nivea Alleyne (Saturday, June 19 21 09:18 pm EDT)

    My deepest condolences Laura and your family. So sorry for your loss

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Matthew R. Polak

Funeral services and Interment will be private.

Fred Dreger

son of Henry & Caroline Dreger, grew up in Roseland, IL in the early 1930’s. From a young age, he developed a love for the outdoors, gymnastics, and art. He studied at the Academy of Art in Chicago, but became a bricklayer by trade. He never strayed from his passion for painting, and his artwork can still be viewed at The Little Red Schoolhouse, in Willow Springs, IL, where he also volunteered for over 40 years. He enjoyed a passion for music, as well, gathering often with family and friends for hours-long musical sessions. He is survived by brother Paul Dreger, and sisters Mary Kuester and Margaret Elsner, as well as a plethora of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and even a few great-grand nieces and nephews.    Please note: For the health and safety of all and in order to accommodate all family and friends, we ask that you keep your visit brief. The funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments.   Remembrance and eulogy Monday, June 14th from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 West 127th Street, Palos Heights.   Inurnment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

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  • Karen C Garrett (Thursday, April 01 21 06:55 pm EDT)

    Fred was a wonderful artist. His painting still hangs over the front desk of the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center. Fred always had a story to tell! He lived a very rich life and we will miss him!

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Michelle Anne Dutkiewicz (nee Roza) 

Of Oak Forest, IL passed away on June 2, 2021. She was the loving wife of Edward and mother to Alicia, Zachary, and Amanda. Michelle is also survived by her sister Marguerite (John Falkenholm) Roza. She was the cherished sister-in-law to Dyanne (Dutkiewicz) Tully and a beloved aunt, niece, cousin, colleague, and friend of many. May she rest in peace alongside her parents Donald and Therese (Pawlowski) Roza, sister Teresa (Roza) Evans, and in-laws Stanley and Lottie (Zolnierczakiewicz) Dutkiewicz. Michelle was born on October 18, 1965, grew up in Chicago, IL, and graduated from Marie Curie High School and DePaul University. She was known for her optimism, her incredible strength and determination, and for always putting others before herself. She will be greatly missed by all. Family and friends will gather for memorial visitation and celebration of life on Sunday, June 13, 2021, from 1-5 pm at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, EG Simpson Clubhouse, 7402 Lake Katherine Dr, Palos Heights, IL 60463. A brief prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m. and light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. Outside beverages are also allowed. Please note that masks are required by the venue for those who are not vaccinated, and preferred for all guests while indoors. Outdoor balconies and spacious accommodations allow for social distancing. In lieu of flowers, please send love and support to her family. Any donations will go towards dedicating a tree in her name as well as other expenses during this difficult time. For those who wish, her family suggests planting sunflower seeds to grow some sunshine in her memory.

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  • Susan Lachowicz (Sunday, June 06 21 09:12 am EDT)

    Thank you for Michelle’s information. Beautifully written! Perfect and appropo location as she loved and cared deeply for plants and nature! God bless and keep all of your families. I’ll see you there.

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Bernard “Bernie” M. Roche

Proud U.S. Army Military Police Veteran.   Beloved husband of 55 years to Kathryn (nee Buhe) Roche. Loving father and pops of Kelly & Bernie Roche. Cherished grandpa of Devin. Devoted son of the late; James & Margaret (nee Morley) Roche. Dear brother of James (Marie), the late; Thomas (Joyce) & Mary Barth (Rich). Fond brother-in-law of Stephen (Kathleen) Buhe & the late James (Nancy) Buhe. Kind uncle & friend of many.   Bernie served as an Oak Forest Policeman, Oak Forest Park District Policeman, Cook County Roads, President of the Men’s Club at Saint Damian Church, Oak Forest Park District Advisory Board, Illinois Liquor Commission Agent & Owner of Shamrock Liquors.   Visitation Wednesday, June 9th from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.   Chapel prayers Thursday, June 10th, 10:45 the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Damian Church, Mass 11:30 a.m.   Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Wounded Warriors Project, ( would be appreciated.

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  • Dave Sekula (Friday, June 04 21 07:58 pm EDT)

    Kathyrn and family it was my pleasure to know and work with Bernie...May he Rest In Peace

  • Mary Beth Rinaldi (Saturday, June 05 21 02:15 pm EDT)

    Katy, Kelly and Bernie

    I am so sorry to hear that Bernie passed away. I have known you all since 1973 and Bernie always had a smile on his face and was such a kind person. He always made me laugh. My thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.

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Danny Flynn

Visitation Monday, June 7th 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.  Danny was a devoted uncle to his nephew who adored him. He had a lot of respect for his grandmother, Lucille.  An amazing little brother. The only son to loving parents and a great friend to many. He brought a smile and a laugh to many hearts. He will be missed and never forgotten.   Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Click the link below to sign up for the Funeral Mass.

Alicia Wasmiller (nee Owens)   

Beloved wife of Jason and loving mother to Olivia and Madeleine, passed away in her Palos Heights home on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Alicia was 46 years old and was born on August 10, 1974, in Chicago, Illinois. She is survived by her mother Diane Owens (nee DePisa), father John Owens, sister Catherine (Owens) Kuhn, and niece Candace.   Alicia was a beautiful young woman who was spirited and loving. She cherished time with her family and had several passions including art, music (British pop, new wave, modern folk), dancing, animals, camping, and traveling. She was also an avid crafter and jewelry maker. Alicia graduated from DePaul University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English and was a Marketing and Communications Manager at STV.   Please note: For the health and safety of all and in order to accommodate all family and friends, we ask that you keep your visit brief. The funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments.   Memorial visitation Monday, June 7th from 2 pm until time of service 7 pm at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 West 127th Street, Palos Heights   Interment Private   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Alicia’s honor to the Half-Way Home Animal Rescue, 15790 South La Grange Road, Orland Park, IL 60462 or

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  • Denise Cyphers (Saturday, June 05 21 10:22 pm EDT)

    Alicia was a wonderful, sweet person. I was very sad when I heard she had passed away at such a young age after going through months of pain and disappointments if her many treatments. To her parents, sister. husband and her two little girls, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Joey (Saturday, June 05 21 11:17 pm EDT)

    Diane, your Alicia will always be with us all in our hearts. Always.
    Heaven just got an angel.

  • Katherine and Dan marek (Sunday, June 06 21 05:09 pm EDT)

    Jason--we are so sorry to hear of Alicia's passing and are thinking of you and the girls, and her entire family.

  • Amy Morrison Baker (Monday, June 07 21 12:34 pm EDT)

    Alicia was an amazing human being - compassionate and a true warrior!

  • Carlithe Layosa (Tuesday, June 08 21 10:04 am EDT)

    Rest in peace Alicia! A donation to the animal rescue in your honor was made.

  • Danny Merkes (Tuesday, June 08 21 10:22 pm EDT)

    Alicia our childhood of growing up together will never be forgotten. Rest in peace cousin. You were loved by many.

  • Missy (Wednesday, June 09 21 03:36 pm EDT)

    I am so sad that Alicia is gone. She is a beautiful person, always kind & loving. She spent many hours sandwiched between my sister & me, who fought non-stop over her lap throughout much of our childhood. I send deep condolences to Diane, Jason, the girls, and the rest of her family. We were all blessed by her and I will always remember her as my very first friend.

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Eugene Francis Diamond, M.D.  

 Died peacefully at home, June 1, surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 29, 1926 in Chicago, IL., the son of the late John Wesley and Margaret [Kane] Diamond. He was preceded in death by the love of life of 68 years, Rosemary [Wright] Diamond. He and Rosemary cofounded Birthright of Chicago in 1970,  assisting thousands of women in crisis pregnancy. He was a 1943 graduate of Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, IL,  the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana in 1947, and Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine in 1949. He practiced pediatrics for over 60 years on the Southside of Chicago as a sole practitioner. He was a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and the Past Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Diamond held Presidential positions at the Catholic Physician's Guild, the Illinois Academy of Pediatrics, the World Federation of Doctors Who Respect Life, the Calumet Branch of Chicago Medical Society, St. Francis Hospital Medical Staff, the National Federation of Catholic Physicians' Guilds, and the Illinois Family Institute. Dr. Diamond was a Distinguished Fellow of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. He received various honors and awards, including Pediatrician of the Year-Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, in 1980; and the Summerhill Award from Birthright International in 1995. An accomplished author, Dr. Diamond published several books, including The Large Family: A Blessing and a Challenge, A Child of the Depression, Passion of a Believer, and A Catholic Guide to Medical Ethics, as well as many articles and monographs. He is survived by his loving children, Eugene (Mary), Peter, M.D. (Jeanne), Mary Beth Evans (Rich), Terrence, M.D., Hon. Brian (Lourdes), Sean, M.D. (Carmel), Moira Daly (John), Sheila, Erin O’Sullivan (Mike), Meg Enright (Brian), Tim (Sharon), Mark, D.O., (Maribeth), Brigid Hansen (Mike). He is survived by 72 loving grandchildren and 36 even more loving great-grandchildren. **Please note:  For the health and safety of all and in order to accommodate all family and friends, we ask that you keep your visit brief. The funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments. Visitation Friday, June 4th from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.   Chapel prayers Saturday, June 5th, 10:00 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 10:30 a.m.   Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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  • BARBARA CARROLL (Thursday, June 03 21 07:44 pm EDT)

    Truly an amazing man with an amazing legacy. What a blessing to our Catholic community.

  • Loretta Zolfo (Friday, June 04 21 06:04 pm EDT)

    Dr Diamond was pediatrician to my 4 boys at the beginning of his practice . Knew his judgement of illness was correct. Loved his early morning call time for a young Mother.Wonderful Catholic Doctor Gods blessings on all the family

  • Marie Hoffman (Saturday, June 12 21 01:01 pm EDT)

    Dr. Diamond was my pediatrician and took care of me all the way through college. He was an excellent physician and a kind and caring man.

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Alice M. Rusiecki-Shedor

Beloved wife of the late Bernard Shedor. Precious aunt of Judy Garson. Loving great aunt of Jane (Cliff) Poole, Ray (Jennifer) Garson, Joanna Garson, Jennifer (Peter) Preston. Cherished great great aunt of Ryan, Katherine & Elizabeth Garson and Julia Belle Preston.   Alice, known for her generous heart and giving spirit, did volunteer counseling to youth, traveled the world, painted, photographed professionally, married the late Bernard Shedor, the joy of her life and gained two stepsons; Donald (Eileen) Shedor & Kenneth Shedor, stepdaughter Bonnie (Tom) Wydra and grandchildren; Ashley (Andy) and their children; Emily and Adeline.   Visitation Friday, June 4th from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.   Chapel prayers Saturday, June 5th, 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.   Interment Resurrection Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, contributions to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital ( or Defenders of Wildlife ( would be appreciated. 

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  • Rhonda Rhodes (Monday, June 14 21 01:13 pm EDT)

    On behalf of my mother who knew and loved Alice and Bernie, please accept our sympathy and prayers. My mother, who passed away 13 years ago, spoke fondly of Alice, who was a sweet and generous person, made Bernie very happy. I regret that I did not know her, but I will pray for the repose of her soul. I know you will carry on her beautiful legacy.

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Barbara A. Lewis (nee Bangs)

Age 80 of Palos Heights. Beloved Wife of James R. Lewis Dear Mother of James, Robert, Thomas ( Liz Lozano ), & Jennifer ( Michelle Blair ). Grandmother of Kristine & James Lewis in Germany. Great Grandmother of Scarlet Lewis Sister of Lois ( George ) Masny and the late Thomas ( the late JoAnn ) Bangs. Sister in law of Beverly ( the late John ) Siwula, Mary Ann ( the late John ) Sweeney. Aunt of many Nieces and Nephews. Visitation Wednesday, June 2nd. 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Chapel Prayers Thursday, June 3rd, 10:30 am at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to St. Terrance Church, Mass 11:30 am.  Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. B.S.A. Leader for 25 years, Silver Beaver Award, St. George Award & Woodbadge. Gave all of herself in everything she did. Her brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and her generosity knew no bounds!

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  • Clifford Jack (Friday, May 28 21 08:12 pm EDT)

    Such a wonderful and kind lady she will be truly will be missed , prayers with her and family

  • Michaela (Saturday, May 29 21 12:52 am EDT)

    We were saddened to receive ghe news.
    Our deepest condolences go to the family.
    May you rest in peace, Barb’. You will be missed.
    We wish the family nothing but comfort, strength, and positive, happy, warm memories to share.

  • Diane Reyes ( LaPorte) (Saturday, May 29 21 09:18 am EDT)

    Barb you truly will be missed by many.
    You are now with your good friend my Auntie Marie
    Until we meet again May God Rest Your Soul Alway's Up In Heaven

    Jes & Diane Reyes (LaPorte)

  • Larry & Kathy Wall (Saturday, May 29 21 09:38 am EDT)

    Dear Jim & Children,
    Please know we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    May Barb Rest In Peace....
    Larry & Kathy Wall

  • Cheryl Ternoir (Tuesday, June 01 21 11:56 am EDT)

    Ma Lew as we fondly called her..was and is every bit of the description written here. Her fearless spirit and down to earth charm touched as far out here in CA. She, her presence and generosity forever stapled in our minds. We will meet again in the bye and bye. Kiss my mother for me. Cheryl and Alexis....

  • Linda Krasovskis (Tuesday, June 01 21 10:03 pm EDT)

    All our travel adventures Barb & Jim, all our great memories will live on in our hearts & minds.
    You will be missed greatly Barb!
    My thought's & prayers are with you Jim & Family.

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