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James Patrick Henry

James Patrick Henry, age 64, of Palos Park, Illinois, passed away April 20, 2022, in his home from natural causes. Jim/Hank/Jimmy is survived by his mother, Patricia, his daughters; Erin (Jarrik) Mitchell and Melanie, his sisters; Pamela (Jesse) Spears and Sharon (Jeff) Hassberger, his brother Michael and his grandson Colin Henry Mitchell. He was predeceased by his father, Patrick. Jim’s heart and home were always open to anyone who needed them. Born in Chicago, Jim grew up in Palos Park and had a happy childhood. Growing up, he loved swimming and playing trumpet in band at Carl Sandburg High School. He went on to become a proud Purdue Boilermaker, where he studied Mechanical Engineering, and he shared that passion with both of his daughters. He made countless lifelong friendships there and played sousaphone in the Purdue marching band. After college, he traveled to many places for work with his favorite dog, Jake. No matter where he travelled, he always made time to go back to Purdue games with his college friends and was a season ticket holder for both their football and basketball programs. Jim eventually settled back in Palos Park where he raised his family. Jim had many passions, including live music and the arts but especially the Grateful Dead and he attended as many shows as possible. He was also a long-time member of the Palos Village Players, taking after his father as the lead lighting technician for many seasons. Jim loved giving back to others, which manifested itself in many ways: from him working as a math teacher and leader of Fenger High School’s robotics program, to less formal mentorship of the younger generation where he always had words of encouragement and hope to share. Jim’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his daughters, Melanie and Erin, and his grandson Colin.  Visitation Sunday, April 24th from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Chapel prayers Monday, April 25th, 9:15 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Our Lady of the Woods Church, 10731 W. 131st street, Orland Park, Mass 10:00 a.m. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will be private and take place at a later date.

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  • Una Hepburn (Saturday, April 23 22 09:02 am EDT)

    Will always remember Jim with a warm heart. I spent years on the swim team with him and summers at Corey Lake in Michigan. He was a life long friend and a kind and generous soul. RIP Hank you will be missed

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Maria L. Budinger (nee McShea)

   Family & Friends will gather Tuesday, April 19th at Saint Alexander Church, 7025 W. 126th Street, Palos Heights, Mass 10:00 a.m.   Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 W. 111th Street, Alsip, IL  

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Denis J. Downs

  Beloved husband of Carolyn Downs (nee Nekas). Loving father of Susan (Michael) Dorsch & Danny (Lyles). Adored Papa of Delaney, Lily, Cash, Tanner & Caleigh.   Visitation Tuesday, April 26th from 10:00 a.m. until time of service, 12:00 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 West 127th Street, Palos Heights.   Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, donations to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab 355 E. Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611 would be appreciated.

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  • Michael Dorsch (Friday, April 22 22 07:44 am EDT)

    so sorry for your loss
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Joan M. Shannessy (nee Kearney)

Beloved wife of the late Francis R. Shannessy. Loving mother of the late Stephen, Laura (Rory) Dunne, Suzanne (late Kevin Jr.) Reynolds, Diane (Craig) Amendola & Courtney (Brian) Plumb. Cherished grandmother of Annabelle, Alexandra, Emily, Fiona, Griffin, Nicholas, Christian, Jonathan, Lucia, Greta, Frankie & Finnoula. Fond Aunt of many nieces & nephews.   Family and friends will gather Monday, April 11th at Saint Alexander Church, 7025 W. 126th Street, Palos Heights, Mass 10:00 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607 would be appreciated.

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  • Phil & Pam Lindstrom (Sunday, April 10 22 12:47 am EDT)

    So sorry to see this. Our sincere condolences to the entire Shannesy family. We will always have fond memories of Joan.

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Angelina J. Valenti (nee Vitrano)

Age 91. Beloved wife of the late Ernest Valenti & late Joseph Spivak. Loving mother of Anthony (Mary Kay) Valenti, Ret. CPD , Frieda (Bryon) Walters & Gina (late Rudy) Gamez. Wonderful grandmother of Patrick (Colleen) Valenti, CFD , Colleen (Jim CPD) Loughney, Salvatore Dinolfo Jr., CFD, Ernest (Loren) Dinolfo, USAF, Jennifer (Pete CPD) Amelio, Leslie (Jason) Page, Ruben (Erin) Gamez & Jason Gamez. Adoring nana of Sean, Maeve, Liam, Carly, Lexi, Anthony, Luke, Jake, Olivia, Ben, Amelia, Callen, Bradley, Matthew, Julian & Natalie. Devoted daughter of the late: Gaitano & Egnazia (nee Lovetro) Vitrano. Dear sister of the late: Russell, Anthony, Lena, Joseph, Carmello & Elizabeth. Kind aunt of many. Visitation Sunday, April 10th from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.   Chapel prayers Monday, April 11th, 9:30 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Albert the Great Church, Burbank, Mass 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private.

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  • Gilbert Villasenor (Friday, April 08 22 09:23 pm EDT)

    My condolences and deepest sympathies to the whole family. Angie was always very sweet and caring whenever I was around her. I will miss her greatly.

  • Marylou Gadin (Sunday, April 10 22 10:43 am EDT)

    To all of my cousins and their families, our deepest condolences on the loss of Aunt Angie. Take comfort in your warm loving memories of her.

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Theresa "Terry" V. White (nee Gniadek)

  Loving mother of Cynthia (Chris) Stacy & Robert (Cindy) White. Cherished nana of Melissa (Brian) Healy, Robert (Amy) White, Christine (Steve) Stacy & Michael (Shaye) White. Adoring great nana of Connor & Kyle White. Dear sister of John (Artis) Gniadek, late Rita (late Steve) Sapyta, late Robert “Oils” Gniadek, James (Bonnie) Gniadek, Barbara (late Bobby) Fagan, Marsha (late Tom) Maloney, Ronnie (Linda) Gniadek, Deborah (Joe) Alvarado, Linda (Mike Kiwan) Jaso, Patsy (Eddie) Popp & late Kathy Gniadek. Kind aunt and great aunt of many nieces & nephews. Companion & best friend of the late Ziggy Bosnak. Pet mother of “Chicken Lady” Roscoe.   Visitation Thursday, April 7th from 3 until 8 p.m.   Chapel prayers Friday, April 8th, 9:15 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Saint Germaine Church, Oak Lawn, Mass 10:00 a.m.   Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

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  • Linda Danet (Monday, April 04 22 09:00 pm EDT)

    My sincere condolences to your family. Terry was always and will remain dear to me.

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Elmer John Handler, 93, of Burr Ridge, Illinois

Passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2022. “El” was born July 26, 1928 in Chicago to John and Elsie (Lakits) Handler. He attended St. Alphonsus grammar school and  Saint Michael’s High School graduating as valedictorian of both before entering the U.S. Army. He served in the Korean War as a non-commissioned officer where he was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant and decorated with 5 medals including the Bronze Star for “heroic and meritorious achievement.”  Upon returning to the States, El rejoined Beatrice Foods where he served one of the largest global companies in the Fortune 500 for 43 years, and concurrently attended the Illinois Institute of Technology studying accounting. He worked primarily at Beatrice’s flagship Meadow Gold Division serving in a variety of finance and accounting roles. In that capacity he earned the global conglomerate’s Outstanding Employee Award given to only one employee each year, before moving to the Beatrice Global headquarters in downtown Chicago where he served as National Accounts Coordinator.   Shortly after the sale of Beatrice Foods, El joined the Tootsie Roll Company in a similar capacity working their until his retirement.   In 1955, Elmer married the love of his life, Jean Neitzel, from Steger, Illinois; they were happily married for 66 years. They first made their home in the South Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago before relocating to South Holland to raise their children together. They subsequently moved to Palos Heights and most recently to Burr Ridge. El was an adoring husband and loving father to their 4 children who remember him as humble, generous, intelligent, funny, fiercely protective and incredibly kind.  El was known as a consummate professional at work and in the community demonstrating his dedication to hard work, integrity and respect for others. He was a constant volunteer for the church and served for decades in various capacities at both St. Jude the Apostle in South Holland and St. Alexanders in Palos Heights parishes.   El was always an avid and loyal Cubs fan who was thrilled to finally participate in the 2016 World Series Championship celebrations near his childhood home. He remained a strong and supportive patriot throughout his entire life, enjoyed history and was an avid reader. He and Jean thoroughly enjoyed traveling all over the world with family, friends and neighbors. Elmer will be missed greatly, but remembered as a passionate and gentle man that loved God, knowledge, travel, his country, friends and especially his wife, family and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Jean of 66 years, his children Thomas Handler (Kimberly) of Winnetka, Mary Amadio of Westfield, Indiana, Patricia Handler Spratte (Tim) of Rochester, Minnesota and Anne Jurgeto (Anthony) of Lemont, 9 grandchildren: Ross and Kenton Handler, Nicholas Amadio, Lauren Handler Lemieux, Katherine Spratte Joyce, Elizabeth Amadio Schumacher, Pete Spratte, and Samantha and Aly Jurgeto and 6 great-grandchildren.   Visitation Monday, April 4th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Chapel prayers Tuesday, April 5th, 11:00 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. Entombment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

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  • Bob and Sandy Berger (Sunday, April 03 22 12:55 pm EDT)

    Tom and Kim, our deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved father. May the many years of your times together provide great memories of a wonderful man.

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Raymundo Lopez Jr. 

  Devoted Son of Catalina Rios-Flores & Raymundo Lopez Sr. Loving Brother of Jacquelyn (Gustavo) Avila, James Anthony (Yolanda), Robert Gabriel, Jonathon (Christina) & Jennifer (Ryan) Ollry. Cherished Nephew of many Aunts & Uncles & adoring Uncle of many Nieces & Nephews. He will be missed by his dogs, AJ & Lucky.   Visitation Sunday, April 3rd from 4:00 p.m. until time of chapel service 6:00 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights. Visitation and service will be on Facebook live.  Interment will be private.

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Grace G. Schaar 

  Family & Friends will gather for a Memorial Mass Monday, April 4th at Saint Alexander Church, 7025 West 126th Street, Palos Heights, 11:30 a.m.   Inurnment Saint Mary Cemetery.

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