Neil R. Ward “CHIEF”

Retired CFD & Chief Plumbing Inspector for the City of Chicago.   Beloved husband of Margaret (nee Cull). Loving father of Michele (Douglas) Stearns, Colleen (Richard) Dukelow, Neil (Kathleen) Ward Jr. & Kelly (Jim) Herget. Cherished Papa of Colin (fiancé Colleen), late Brendan, Kiera, Nolan, Elise, Jack, Jimmy, Ryan, TJ & Connor. Dear brother of James (late Joan), Bernard, John (Louise), late Thomas (Sally) & Susie (Gerald). Fond brother-in-law of the late John “Jack” (Linda), Gerald (Janice), late Patricia, Robert (Loyda), James (Mary Lou), Lawrence (Joy) & Eileen (Dan). Kind uncle & friend of many.   Visitation Monday, November 29th from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.   Chapel prayers Tuesday, November 30th, 10:45 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Our Lady of the Woods Church in Orland Park, Mass 11:30 a.m.    In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Andrew Weishar Foundation, would be appreciated.


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Frank J. Graczyk  

 Visitation Saturday, November 27th from 8:00 a.m. until time of service, 9:00 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 West 127th Street, Palos Heights.   Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Kerry M. Cunningham 

Suddenly at the age of 45.   Devoted Daughter of Nancy J. (Rich) Brown (nee Regan) & the late Wayne Cunningham. Loving Sister of Kimberly Cunningham & Billy Cunningham. Cherished Auntie of Michael, Gabriel, Dylan, Weston, Ella, Naomi, Brooke & Justin. Adoring Niece, Cousin & Friend of many.   Visitation Friday, November 26th from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.   Chapel prayers Saturday, November 27th, 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 Saint Mary Cemetery.

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  • Maureen Betz (Monday, November 22 21 05:09 pm EST)

    Nancy and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughter. I remember her smile and her kindness years ago when she taught my daughter in preschool. Praying for you to have strength to get through this difficult time. May she rest in peace. Love, Maureen

  • barbara a buntin (Friday, November 26 21 02:12 pm EST)

    I,m so sorry Billy and Nancy. I have covid so I cant attend Nancy you dont deserve all this loss Thinking about you today

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Paul P. Day

Longtime Nuclear Physicist for Argonne National Laboratory. Funeral Services & Interment will be private.

Loretta B. Zabinski (nee Szczesniak)

Age 95.   Beloved wife of the late Arthur A. Zabinski. Lovingly remembered by her children; Sandra (Robert) Merola & Arthur (Beth) Zabinski. Cherished grandmother of Jaime (Daniel) Palmer, Kevin E. (Catherine) Stroud II, Matthew (Alissa Perez) Zabinski & Bradley (Jessica) Zabinski. Adoring great grandmother of Gracie, Charles & Andrew Palmer, Sophia & Kevin Stroud III, Zoey & Aiden Arthur Zabinski. Loving sister of the late Stephanie Rapski & late LaVergne Bogal and sister-in-law of the late Wanda Anulewicz. Dear aunt of Christine Petritis, Sara & Patricia Anulewicz and Dennis Rapski. Fond Godmother of the late Barry Anulewicz, Dennis Rapski & Connie Yavitz. Devoted daughter of the late; Stephan & Mary (nee Marzec) Szczesniak. Loretta was a graduate of Holy Family Academy & Member of the PNA Lodge 2418.   Visitation Monday, November 22nd from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.   Chapel prayers Tuesday, November 23rd, 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., Noon.   Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. 

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  • Tish (Letitia) Johnson (Friday, November 19 21 03:43 pm EST)

    Hello sandy, so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. Maria Paradiwski (my ex sis-in-law) informed me today. I am the daughter of Charlotte Zabinski Paradowski cousin to your mom. As a child at family gatherings I always thought your mother was sooooo chic and that she reminded me of Eva Gabor! It’s interesting how we hang on to those memories. Wishing you many loving memories of your mom for you and the rest of your family. We have lived in Southern CA since 1981 so will not attend the services, but will be thinking of you during this emotional time.

  • sandra merola (Sunday, November 21 21 01:49 pm EST)

    thank you for your kind words .I remember you were the ice skater.

  • Glenda Klaas (Tuesday, November 30 21 09:51 pm EST)

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I was Loretta's dental hygienist for many years. Such a sweet classy lady!! Always enjoyed our visits.

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Paul A. Knez

Age 92 of Palos Heights. U.S. Navy Veteran.   Beloved Husband of the Late Barbara nee Rogers & the late Norine Thompson Knez.   Father of Edward N. ( Judith ) Knez and the Late Paula P. Gregory nee Knez.   Brother of the Late David ( Jeannine ) Knez.   Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins also survive.   Visitation Friday, November 19th from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th St. Palos Heights, Il.   Chapel Prayers Saturday, November 20th 11:00 am to St. Alexander Church Mass 11:30 am.   Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.   In Lieu of flowers memorials to Palos Community Hospital Hospice 15295 E. 127th St. Lemont, Il. 60439

Eva Ritz (nee Stephensen)

Passed away peacefully in her sleep, on Thursday November 11, 2021.    Eva is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Jerry;  her sons Tony, Mike and daughter-in-law Norma; Jeff and daughter-in-law Lis; daughter Sally and son-in-law Steve; 5 cherished grandchildren: Bianca, Daniel, Aidan, Cody, and Ryan; sister Dympna Mewton of England; Rose and Klaus Dahl of Germany; sister-in-law Maura Stephenson of Ireland, along with many nieces and nephews around the world.    She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Donlon Stephenson; father Martin Stephenson; sisters Elizabeth Brown of England; Catherine Oakenfull of Australia, Agnes Stephenson of New York; Josephine Sheldon of England; James Stephenson of Ireland; Ann Cossetta of Florida, Brigid (Bea) Stephenson of England and baby brother Malachy Stephenson of Ireland.    Eva was born and grew up on the family farm  (Clunscot) near Colehill, Co. Longford, Ireland. She went on to train as a nurse in Birmingham, England and when she completed her training,in 1959, Eva was sponsored to come to America,  and offered a  job as a nurse at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park,  Illinois, and settled in the Evergreen Park neighborhood.    Eva met Jerry at the Holiday Club Ballroom in Chicago, and then married September 1, 1962. They moved into their first home, in Worth, Illinois, and then to Palos Heights, where they raised their young family and pets.    Eva’s career as a nurse included 6 years at  Little Company of Mary Hospital, after which she took some time off to raise her family, she then worked at Chicago Ridge Nursing Center for  31 years .  After retirement, a devout Catholic, Eva volunteered with the Ministers of Care, for St. Alexander's parish, enjoyed her time she spent with her grandkids, vacationing with her husband and family, and spending time in nature, at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanical Gardens.    Eva will be remembered as a woman of great faith and character. Eva was a lifelong caretaker, devoted wife, and an incredibly strong woman, whose limitless energy and loving smile will remain with those who held her close.    Family & Friends will gather Saturday, November 20th at Saint Alexander Church, 7025 W. 126th Street, Palos Heights, Memorial Mass 10:00 a.m.   Interment will be private.  Flowers should be delivered directly to the church.

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  • Teresanne and Chris Russell (Thursday, November 18 21 12:28 pm EST)

    We loved our Aunt Eva so very much. She lived a life, as a beautiful example of God's love, to her family and those that she touched. She will be missed, in our heats forever.

  • Martin Stephenson (Saturday, November 20 21 02:26 pm EST)

    Thinking of your all - Aunt Eva will be with most of her sisters and her brothers now, and having a good chat with them.

  • Lesley (Saturday, November 20 21 05:58 pm EST)

    God bless her
    She is at home with her birth family now
    Love always
    Lesley, one of her many nieces xxxx

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Patricia Ann Breault (nee Barnes)

Bookkeeper and Secretary for her and her husband’s Professional Builder’s Business for over 40 years.   Beloved wife of the late Raymond F. Breault. Loving mother of Ray (Donna) Breault & Lyn (Joe) Williams. Cherished grandmother of Cory, Christopher, Jessica, Amber, Shelby (Eric) & Abby. Adoring great grandmother of Ashlee & Carter. Devoted daughter of the late; Tom & Irene (nee Riemer) Barnes. Dear cousin of Bob Barnes and the late; Beverly & Jackie.   Visitation Wednesday, November 17th from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.   Chapel service Thursday, November 18th, 11 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights.   Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Ann Van Henkelum of Orland Park

Loving Mother of Kristyn ( Mike ) Nevills & Kelly Canerday. Dear Grandmother of Jesse, Michael & Henry Nevills and Emma, Samuel, Jack & Katherine Canerday. Daughter of the Late Jesse nee Mooi & Henry Van Henkelum. Sister of the late Whitey ( the late Shirley ) Van Henkelum, the late Cora (Clarence) Esche, the late Margaret ( Mark ) Garritson, the late Grace ( the late Robert ) Busch, the Late Bertha ( the late Jim ) Colby, the late Lorretta ( the late Jesse ) Schiera, the late  Gerald Van Henkelum, the late Jim ( the late Pat ) Van Henkelum & Andrew Van Henkelum. Many nieces and nephews also survive. And her 4-legged companion Wrigley. Visitation Monday, November 15th from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th St. Palos Heights. Chapel Service Tuesday, November 16th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private.

Margarito N. Varela

Memorial Visitation Saturday, November 13th from 2 p.m. until time of chapel service 3:30 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights.

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  • Barbara kman serra (Tuesday, November 09 21 08:34 am EST)

    He’s been gone to the public for 2 years now because of Covid. His memory will go on forever. He was special to me and glad I knew him. The Varelas will always be a part of my heart. Sorry I can’t be with you Saturday.

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John M. Hettlinger

Age 58, passed away suddenly on November 6, 2021.   Loving husband and best friend for 34 years to LeeAnn (nee O’Neill). Beloved father to Trenton, fiancée Ashley (Buksa), and Karsyn. Proud dog dad to his best friend Lily. Preceded in death by parents John and Leona. Brother to Robert & Late Vicki, Richard & Pam, and Judy & Bill Aloisio. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. John was a Regional Sales Manager for Mohawk Industries for 15 years. John loved his family more than anything and was an amazing friend to many.   Visitation Wednesday, November 10th from 3:00pm until 8:00pm.   Chapel prayers Thursday, November 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.   In lieu of flowers, donations to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital ( would be appreciated.

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  • Clint Hill (Tuesday, November 09 21 10:30 am EST)

    R.I.P. John , you will truly be missed ,I always enjoyed it when you came to Des Moines and looked forward to going to the shooting range and blowing sh-t up !!! Godspeed Friend !!!

  • Robert Hettlinger (Tuesday, November 09 21 11:41 am EST)

    God bless, John
    I will always remember you as my baby brother. With you being born during my teenage years I had the wonderful opportunities to change your diapers. I am in total agreement with the words spoken to you by Aunt Laurie.
    “John… you are full of sh-t!”
    Love you!

  • Dave Russ (Tuesday, November 09 21 04:32 pm EST)

    What a tremendous loss for everyone who was close to John. Especially his family. John was my rep for many years and I spent many days traveling with him. He was always SOOOO proud of his family and beloved dog Lili. He was the consummate pro when he needed to be but we shared some hilarious moments when we were together and the time was right. God Speed to you John. May the Good Lord be at your side fishing with you. Rest In Peace. Dave Russ

  • Lezli Larsen (Tuesday, November 09 21 09:29 pm EST)

    Oh LeeAnn, I'm so sorry. I don't know what else to say but sending love and hugs to you and your family. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Carol Weivoda (Wednesday, November 10 21 01:59 am EST)

    LeeAnn, Karsyn & Trenton - I am so so sorry for your loss. There are no words to make your pain go away, but I want you to know that you will have a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen whenever you need it. I'm thinking about you all as you get through this difficult time. John was a great guy and I know you will miss him terribly.
    Peace and Prayers to you all.

  • Robert Lisowski (Monday, November 15 21 01:31 pm EST)

    One of the nicest people I have met in the industry. You would reach out to him, and he would always give you a call back. Genuine and always a very pleasant person to work and talk to. Spoke to him roughly three months ago. Always proud of his family and we shared many nice stories about our children. A very good soul has passed and I send nothing but compassion and love to all. Peace.

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Henry R. Szczasny

(Age 76) Beloved husband of Estelle for 56 years. Loving father of Michael (Annette) and Paul (Patricia). Cherished grandfather of Alyssa (Nick), Rebecca, Stephen, Maria, Thomas and Michael. Great-grandfather of Laila and Gianna.   Henry was the embodiment of the American Dream. He came to this country as a young boy with nothing in his pockets but a Hershey bar. He learned how to speak English and excelled in school. He went on to serve his country in the Air Force and that’s when he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Estelle. His sons were born shortly thereafter, and Henry worked as a financial analyst by day and attended DePaul University at night where he received his degree. Henry was a die-hard White Sox, Blackhawks and Bears fan. He coached youth baseball for over 15 years. He would spend hours at the baseball field or in the ice arena watching his sons and later his grandsons and granddaughters compete. He was also a patron of the arts. He loved everything from opera to rock and roll. He and Estelle were always at his sons’ and granddaughters’ performances. Henry eventually entered into the business world with his sons as owner and president of two companies before he retired in 2008. He was loved dearly by all and will be missed. Memorial Visitation Saturday, November 13th from 9 a.m. until time of chapel prayers 11 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 11:30 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society, would be appreciated.

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  • Jim Morrissey (Saturday, November 27 21 03:41 am EST)

    I just found out about Henrys passing. We served together in the Air Force first in training school then in Northern Michigan. I haven’t seen Henry for over 30 years but still have many fond memories.

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Edgar "Ed" Beaulieu

Proud U.S. Army Veteran during the Korean War Era. Beloved husband of Theresa A. (nee Turner) Beaulieu. Loving father of Michelle Frederiksen, Ed (Ellen), Jennifer (Frank) Fleisleber, late Gerard & late Mark (Patt) Beaulieu. Cherished grandfather of Taylor, Derek, Maraiah, Austin, Cole, Andrew, Emma, Brad, Colin, Marissa & Mark. Dear brother of Susan (late Tom) Hurst & late Maryann (late Tom) Ryan. Fishing, Family and Friends. These three words guided Ed’s beautifully blessed life! He leaves behind a legacy of community service with over 50 years as an usher for St. Alexander’s Church and as a homeowner president for Westgate subdivision. Ed was a proud business owner and only just retired at age 85. He was a friend and uncle to anyone he met, including any person who served his favorite Manhattan. Cherished by his eleven grandchildren and three surviving children, who can’t imagine life without him. In love with his beautiful wife, Ed was the best example of commitment. His lord has reunited him with his two sons in heaven where they are surely all fishing together again. Visitation Thursday, November 11th from 3p.m. until 8 p.m. Chapel prayers Friday, November 12th 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 Saint Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Miseracordia ( ) or Saint Vincent DePaul ( ) would be appreciated.

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  • Tina & Dennis (Saturday, November 06 21 12:09 pm EDT)

    Our condolences to Auntie Theresa and the family, Uncle Ed will be missed by many, we are sorry for your loss and our prayers and with you and the family

  • Evelyn Grace Hartigan (Saturday, November 06 21 04:51 pm EDT)

    I know you are with Larry, Ted and Rich, what a great foursome!
    Love to all of you, Evelyn

  • Geralyn Turner (Sunday, November 07 21 01:06 pm EST)

    Uncle Eddie was an amazingly bright light in my life. My heart hurts knowing he is gone. I am so sorry for everyone's pain right now. Prayers will be going strong. I love this family, Geralyn

  • Deborah Ruschmeyer (Monday, November 08 21 09:56 am EST)

    Uncle Eddie,
    Your fabulous smile and beautiful spirit will live on in my heart forever. Thank you for the inspiration you so generously blessed me with every time I saw you. All my love, Debbie

  • Dennis Czurylo (Tuesday, November 09 21 04:47 pm EST)

    It was a honor to know you and interact with you through the Homeowners Association and St. Al's. Your efforts and commitment were amazing!

  • Raymond & Donna Turner (Wednesday, November 10 21 05:03 am EST)

    Our deepest heart felt sadness for our loss of uncle Ed, He was truly loved my all. I all think of his smile, it will be locked in my heart for ever. A great loss for all. Love you Uncle Ed, our deepest sympathies for my Aunt Theresa and family

  • David Ayers (Wednesday, November 10 21 09:39 am EST)

    My families deepest sympathies to the Beaulieu family. I grew up just behind the them in Westgate. This man was one of the kindest person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He went out of his way to be a mentor to my brother Tom and myself. From early on in our Cub Scout years throughout my life when ever our paths crossed. He always had a genuine interest in updates on your life and the lives of the rest of my family as well as fellow neighbors. I was also impressed with the enthusiasm he had when he shared the exploits and updates of his own family with me He was not braggadocios but you can rest assured he loved all very much. I did not get to see him all that often as an adult but when I did he was absolutely glowing when he spoke of his family.

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John T. Wassel

Visitation Wednesday, November 10th from 10 a.m. until time of prayers 11 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 11:30 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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  • Jim Thorpe (Tuesday, November 09 21 08:51 pm EST)

    Joe and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember John as very kind and generous. May he rest in peace.

  • Margaret TomaszekWitry (Wednesday, November 10 21 04:47 pm EST)

    May John rest in peace. He had a great laugh.

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Milda Stase Harris (nee Jurkunas) 

Milda Stase Harris (nee Jurkunas), 81, a Lithuanian World War II refugee, died at home in Palos Park, Illinois on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Milda was born on April 20, 1940 in Gelvonas-Ukmerge (Gelvonu, Gelvonai), Lithuania during World War II. She was the only child of Stasys and Sophie (nee Cirbulis) Jurkunas, who met in Gelvonas when Sophie went to work at Stasys’clothing factory. They were married in Kaunas, Lithuania on August 29, 1937.   Two months after Milda’s birth, the Soviet Union occupied Lithuania. One year later Germany invaded Lithuania, pushed out the Soviet Union, and occupied Lithuania. In 1944, the Soviet Union began to retake German occupied Lithuanian territory. As clothing factory owners, Milda’s family feared the Soviet Union Communist invaders would target their middle class family to be sent to forced labor camps in Siberia or murdered.   Milda and her parents, along with members of her father’s extended family, including his sisters, Teofile and Stefanija and Stefanija’s daughter, Milda, secretly fled Gelvonas in the middle of the night. Stasys’ brother, Jonas (John), fled later. They left behind her father’s sisters, Ona and Zose, and all of Milda’s grandparents. They expected that they would return to their homes when the Soviet Union was once again repulsed. However, thirty years would pass before they were able to do so. Their travel proved to be a formidable task: Milda’s father, Stasys, rode a bicycle and Milda and her mother, Sophie, rode in a horse-drawn wagon. They traveled under the cover of darkness while attempting to avoid areas of military conflict. Despite these measures they endured aerial attacks during their escape, which eventually ended in Germany.   As the family traveled, they sought work, food, shelter, and safety where they could and for a while, stayed on the farm of an Austrian baroness where Sophie worked at various household chores and occasionally stuffed eggs inside her blouse to provide food to Milda and her cousin. Stasys performed tailoring for the baroness’ household. After the war’s end, Milda and her family resided in the Merbekas Displaced Persons Camp, Meerbeck, West Germany.   Milda’s uncle, Stasys Cirbulis, had moved back to America prior to the war to avoid Soviet military conscription. While at Merbekas, Sophie was assisted by a Lithuanian-American soldier in locating her brother through St Michael’s Church in Chicago. Sophie was an American citizen by birth. Her parents, Viktoras (Victor) Cirbulis and Marija (Mary) Vilkelis, separately emigrated from Lithuania to the United States in 1910. They met in Wicker Park, lived, and married at St. Michael’s Church on October 6, 1913. Sophie was born there in 1916 and in 1922 her family moved back to Lithuania, settling on her parent’s farm near Gelvonai. Since Sophie had been born in America, Sophie and Milda were able to get the necessary documents from the U.S Consulate for her and Milda, a U.S. citizen because of her mother, to come to the United States.   On September 19, 1946, after purchasing tickets in Bremen, West Germany, Milda and her mother sailed from the West German port of Bremerhaven to New York City en route to Chicago aboard the former U.S. troop ship S.S. Ernie Pyle. Her father followed on January 8,1947 aboard another former U.S. troop ship, the S.S. Marine Marlin.   Milda’s family settled in Wicker Park, where her parents worked in clothing factories near Chicago’s downtown and tailored, making clothes for private customers nights and weekends from their home. The nuns from Milda’s school cared for her until her parents came home from work. Milda kept in contact with one of them until she died several years ago. In 1951, fulfilling the American dream, her parents purchased an apartment building in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood, then home to a large Lithuanian community, where they opened Marquette Fashions, a dress shop.   Milda first attended Saint Michael’s school. There were only two classrooms in the school, each consisting of four grades. After fifth grade, when she was eleven years old, she transferred to Nativity B.V.M. (Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary) grade school. She graduated in 1954. Then she attended Maria High School and graduated in 1958. Some of her lifelong friends were classmates. She received her B.S. in Science Commerce at DePaul University in 1962 and her M.S.W. in Social Work at Loyola University in 1972.   On August 12, 1961 Milda married Edmundas (Eddie) Paulius, who she met while she was in high school. While living in Lincoln Park during the 1968 Democratic riots, people were tear gassed in the park. Tear gas seeped through the windows and into their apartment. They were overcome by tear gas. They divorced in 1974.   Milda worked as a case worker in nursing homes. She was then employed as a supervising social worker for the Cook County Department of Public Aid Children’s Division, which later merged with the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. There, she met Lee Harris in the summer of 1974 when they passed each other in the hall.   On December 24, 1974 they went on their first date to Senese’s Winery. Milda briefly moved to Los Angeles, California during their courtship, but love brought her back to Illinois. Milda and Lee married on November 28, 1976 at the Wayside Chapel in Palos Park. Their daughter, Milda Harris, was born on October 1, 1977. Milda was heavily involved in her daughter’s childhood activities and loved being a mom.   Milda met former First Lady Rosalyn Carter in the White House while attending a meeting with her husband in 1978. Lee became a White House advance man for the President during Jimmy Carter’s reelection. Milda and Lee had lunch at a Hickory Hills restaurant with Carole King while she was campaigning with Lee for U.S. Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign. Later, Milda met Senator Hart at a delegate gathering, chaired by her husband, who was the head of his state delegation to the 1984 Democratic Convention.   In 1987 Milda retired from her job at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Later she began working as a substitute teacher. She retired in 2012 to attend to her ailing mother and cousin.   Milda’s favorite vacation spot was Union Pier, Michigan. She loved going to the beach and meeting up with her friends. During her life, she traveled through Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, Lithuania, Martinique, Jamaica, and most of the United States. Milda’s favorite flowers were roses and sunflowers. Her favorite childhood song was “You Are My Sunshine.” Her favorite singers were Nat King Cole, Diane Krall, and lately country music. Milda enjoyed her daily crossword puzzles and more recently, had become addicted to Words with Friends. Milda hosted and cooked for many gatherings of friends and family. She was a talented artist. She loved animals, particularly cats and had numerous pets including cats, dogs, doves, guinea pigs, rabbits, and fish. Milda was a voracious reader and lately read about two books a week and numerous magazines. She enjoyed watching Live with Kelly and Ryan, The View, Judge Judy, Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live, as well as numerous shows on PBS, and many mystery television shows. She was a loving wife and mother who adored her daughter and always looked forward to her grandchildren’s visits.   Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her parents, Stasys (Stanley) Jurkunas and Sophie (Sofija, Zofija) Jurkunas (nee Cirbulis). She is survived by her husband, Lee Harris of Palos Park, IL, her daughter Milda (Brett Gilbert) Harris of Calabasas, California, her twin granddaughters Citrus Stase Gilbert and Zofija Isabel Gilbert, and by nieces, nephews, and cousins in the United States and Lithuania.   Visitation was held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 10am-12pm at Kerry Funeral Home, 7020 W. 127th Street Palos Heights, IL 60463. Guests were expected to follow COVID-19 protocols. Funeral and internment is private.

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  • Lara Taylor (Saturday, November 06 21 12:21 pm EDT)

    Thinking of you all. She was a great Aunt.

  • Wayne & Denise Arthur (Friday, November 12 21 03:46 pm EST)

    Our deepest condolences to Lee, Milda ( Harris) Gilbert & family. Milda ,Your wife and mom, grandma will be greatly missed! We remember the day Lee met Milda… through the years we have so many great memories . Milda was such a wonderful cook and hostess . We really enjoyed coming for visits, dinners and holidays with you guys and our kids. Many great stories have been shared through the years and watching our families grow all the way down to grandchildren. Milda had so many interesting adventures in her life that she shared besides her love of art & reading and Union Pier. Again Milda you will be greatly missed

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Robert "Rob" Roy Overman Jr.

Age 46, passed peacefully in his home on October 29, 2021 surrounded by his family in Orland Park, IL after a courageous battle with Gallbladder Cancer.  Rob was born on May 17, 1975 in Blue Island, IL  to Arlene Sidenstick and the late Robert Roy Overman, Sr.. Rob was survived by the love of his life Myla, 3 loving children of his own Abby, Cody, Emma and Myla's daughter McKenna who he loved as his own. His biggest passions were spending time with his family and friends.  He also enjoyed driving fast, swimming with the kids, four wheeling, sitting by the bonfire listening to music and helping other people anyway he could.  His most prized possession was his Harley.  His dedication to his "work-in-progress" of modifying his bike was his most adored hobby. Rob worked very hard supporting his family as a tow truck operator.  He worked for a few family owned tow truck companies before opening his own tow truck company (Rob's Towing, LLC.) which was his dream.  Towing cars was something he followed in his dad's footsteps. Visitation Monday, November 1st from 3 p.m. until time of chapel service 8 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights. Interment will be private. In Lieu of flowers the family requests the donations be made to: Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology: Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer (

Charlene B. Wolfe (nee Brink)  

 Beloved wife of Richard J. Wolfe. Loving friend of many. Family & Friends will gather Friday, November 5th at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7800 W. McCarthy Road, Palos Heights for Visitation from 10 a.m. until time of Service 11 a.m.   Interment at Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery will be private.   Arrangements were entrusted to the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER IN PALOS HEIGHTS.   In lieu of flowers, donations to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd would be appreciated.

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  • Bonnie O'Reilly (Saturday, October 30 21 09:23 pm EDT)

    CHAR we will miss you. You are at peace. May you RIP

  • Kathleen and John Vinson (Monday, November 01 21 06:48 pm EDT)

    Char Wolfe will be missed. She and Rich sat in the back row of the church near us. I remember Char as a sweet, nice lady.

  • Carol A Stefan (Wednesday, November 03 21 12:33 pm EDT)

    Char, we will miss you as our
    next door neighbor.
    Carol & Bud Stefan

  • Donna L. Moran (Wednesday, November 03 21 06:58 pm EDT)

    Char, I will always our daily phone calls. Your fellow Bohack big little sister Donna Moran. I will Love you forever. Until we meet again❤️❤️ God Bless you and RIP

  • Christine Noodwang (Thursday, November 04 21 12:46 pm EDT)

    jSo sorry to see that Char passed. She was among a group of us that would get together. Not often but we would each take our turn at Christmas to have us all over for dinner. Char and Rich were wonderful people.

  • Elaine Dorans (Thursday, November 04 21 06:56 pm EDT)

    Sorry we haven’t been in a touch in awhile. You were a true friend the minute I met you. We are in Florida till Thanksgiving. So sorry Rich.
    Bill and Elaine Dorans

  • Robert Straz (Wednesday, November 17 21 10:03 am EST)

    Such a nice lady

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