Hank "Butch" J. Rutkowski

Proud U.S. Army Veteran during the Vietnam War.   Beloved husband of 53 years to Judy L. (nee Simonson) Rutkowski. Loving father of Michael (Julia) & Mark (Melanie) Rutkowski. Cherished grandfather of Sydney & Taylor. Dear brother of Agnes (Jim) Zajac & Mona (Jim) Watrob. Kind uncle of many.   Henry was a retired plumber who was a member in the Local 130 and worked for 43 years. He was also an avid fisherman. ***COVID 19 mandates; masks are required to attend the funeral services; no prolonged gathering is allowed in order to accommodate all guests paying their respects and funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments. Visitation Tuesday, March 30th from 3 until 8 p.m. Chapel prayers Wednesday, March 31st, 9:30 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127TH Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Incarnation Church, Mass, 10:00 a.m. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery.

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  • Michael & Sharon Brazel (Monday, March 29 21 02:10 pm EDT)

    Your Mom was a wonderful person, it was a pleasure to know her & your Dad. Please accept our deepest Condolences to your family.

  • Mr. and Mrs. T. Farrell (Tuesday, March 30 21 07:49 pm EDT)

    Judy, our most heartfelt sympathy go out to you and your family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Most Sincerely, your neighbors,Tom and Mary

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Danielle Alice Lange (nee Patocco)

Passed away suddenly but peacefully at her home in Palos Heights, IL on March 24, 2021.   “Danielle” /”Mom”/ “Mémè ”, loved her family and the USA, where she became a U.S. citizen over 50 years ago. She was born in France in 1937 and lived her early life in a World War II war zone in Northeastern France. After spending months living in an underground bomb shelter, she always remembered a young American soldier opening a hatch freeing her and her family and several members of her town, signaling the end of the War. Her father was a prisoner of war but safely returned home after years in captivity.   After college, Danielle worked for NATO as she was fluent in English, French, German, and Italian. In 1956, she met the love of her live, Richard E. “Dick” Lange while they worked for NATO serving their respective countries. In May 1958, Danielle and Dick were married at the St. Nicolas Basilica of Saint-Nicolas-de-Port in France. Later that year they left France and relocated near Chicago. Together, they raised their 5 children in Palos Heights, where she lived for nearly 48 years also enjoying her 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.   Danielle was an accomplished teacher for over 50 years in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She taught elementary students Language Arts and found her most beloved position as a French teacher at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, Chicago. During her nearly 30 years at McAuley, she made many dear friends throughout her tenure.    Danielle was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Dick Lange; her parents, Louis Patocco and Adila Patocco nee Laurent and her sisters, Josiane (Serge) Galantini and Irene Peclier. Danielle is survived by her brother Jean Marie (Ghislaine) Patocco, her 5 children: Thomas (Tami), Steven (Karen), Richard (Michelle), Monique, James (Jacqueline), her 16 grandchildren: Brian (Elizabeth), Kevin (Kyleigh), Chelsea (Keith), Lauren (Matt), Steven, Danielle, Connor (Danica), Jack, Geno, Parker (Devon), Madeleine, Henry, Brendan, Thomas, James, and Sean and her 6 great grandchildren: Thomas, Francesca, Nicolas, Lana, Nolan and Collin.   ***COVID 19 mandates; masks are required to attend the funeral services; no prolonged gathering is allowed in order to accommodate all guests paying their respects and funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments.   Visitation Monday, March 29th from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Chapel prayers at 11:30 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to St. Alexander’s Catholic Church, Mass of Christian burial 12 p.m.   Click the link bloew to Sign Up for Mass.  Interment will be private.   In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you donate in memory of Danielle, to the French Department at Mother McAuley High School, Attn: Mme. Roz Sunquist 3737 W. 99th Street Chicago, Illinois 60655.  Phone Number 773-881-6500.

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  • Carol Milord Turner (Monday, March 29 21 05:54 pm EDT)

    To all the Lange family--I am terribly sorry to hear of Danielle's passing. She was so kind to us as kids, so lively, so elegant, a wonderful person. Rest in peace.

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Frederick "Fred" Dreger

Funeral Services and interment will be private.

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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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John Joseph Hartig

Beloved husband of the late Dolores J. “LORIE” (nee Hoefler) Hartig. Loving father of the late John (Carol), Patricia, William (Rena), Robert, Edward (Gail Lynn) & Kathryn (Mark) Donnell. Proud grandfather of Elizabeth, Matthew (Greta), Christopher, Molly, Alexander, Madelyn, Jack, Colleen, Claire & Meghan. Dear brother of the late; Sally Egan & Joyce March. Kind uncle of many nieces & nephews.   Longtime employee of Argonne National Laboratory. Visitation at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER in Palos Heights, Funeral Mass at Saint Alexander Church & Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will be private.   In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Knights of Columbus, 7025 W. 126th Street, Palos Heights would be appreciated.

Mary Donaj (nee Olkowski)

Age 94. Beloved wife of the late Eugene E. Donaj, Loving mother of Christine (Michael) Stajszczak and Maureen (Daniel) Gorski. Proud grandmother of Michael (Tracy), Michelle (Alan), Meredith and Marie (Joe). Cherished great grandmother of Tyler, Sydney, Elliot, Shelby, Lilly, Charlotte, Noah, Michael & Maelin. Dear aunt of Richard Wodziak.  **COVID 19 mandates; masks are required to attend the funeral services; no prolonged gathering is allowed in order to accommodate all guests paying their respects and funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments. Visitation Saturday, March 20th from 9 a.m. until time of chapel service 10:30 a.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights.   Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

Douglas W. Blyth

Funeral services and interment will be private.

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  • Kim (Batdorf) Schuman (Saturday, March 13 21 12:58 pm EST)

    I was saddened to hear of Doug's passing. My immediate thoughts were trips to Birchwood, his infectious laugh and personality that brigthened up the room, and how is was so proud of his family!

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Robert E. Brobst

89 years died March 6, 2021 Bob raised his family in Palos Heights, Il. And spent his retirement years in Tucson, AZ. With his loving and devoted wife, the late Alice T. Brobst. Final 7 years in Birmingham, Al. near Jeff and his family. Fond and loving Father of Karen (Thomas) Henry, Debbie (Barry) Franklin, Sandra (Roger) Rosenquist, Susan (Mark) Johnson, James (Olivia) Brobst and Jeff (Ilyse) Brobst  and loving Sister in Law Linda Brobst. Grandfather of 17   Great Grandfather of 23. He is proceeded in death by his parents Eugene and Alice Brobst, Brother George Brobst and wife Lydia. Bob was a Korean War Veteran and spent his lifetime career with GM Motors, A.C. Delco division. **COVID 19 mandates; masks are required to attend the funeral services; no prolonged gathering is allowed in order to accommodate all guests paying their respects and funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments.Visitation Sunday, March 14th 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights. Gathering Monday, March 15th 10:30 a.m. then processing to Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery for graveside Services. The family requests contributions in Bob's name to the Lions Club International Foundation at https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/donate would be appreciated.

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  • James Brobst (Tuesday, March 09 21 04:36 pm EST)

    Thanks Dad , I love and miss you

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Catherine "Kay" Vana nee Barilla

 Age 100 of Palos Heights. Beloved Wife of the late George Vana. Fond Mother of the Late Garwood L & Jeff Vana. Grandmother of Gary ( Kathy ), Chris ( Karleen ), Scott ( Erica ), Jeff ( Holly ), Katie ( Chris ) and Beth.  Also, there are several Great Grandkids. Aunt of Judy Weithman and Sandy Bartusiak. **COVID 19 mandates; masks are required to attend the funeral services; no prolonged gathering is allowed in order to accommodate all guests paying their respects and funeral home kitchen is closed to food and refreshments. Memorial Visitation Saturday, March 20th from 1:00 pm until time of Services 3:00 pm at the Kerry Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights. Interment Private Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery.

Irene T. Burdzy (nee Koziacki)

Funeral services and interment will be private.

Russell J. Hanert

Proud U.S. Army Veteran.   Beloved husband of the late Beverly (nee Williams). Loving father of Craig and the late Dean and Brian. Devoted son of the late Herman & Alice (nee Fleck) Hanert and Stepfather John Gross. Dear brother of Glenna (Dan) Boardman, the late Diane (John) Saldano, Alice (Tom) Howe, and Barbara (Kurt) Snyder. Kind uncle of many.  An extreme gearhead and friend of many.   Arrangements were entrusted to the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER in Palos Heights.

Raymond G. Johnson

Age 91, beloved husband of the late Joan for 66 years; loving father of Jay (Andrew Kato) and Kristen (Rob Jalovec); cherished grandfather to Sam; son of the late Ebba and Gust Johnson.  Like his late wife, Ray had a love and passion for music.  After all, it brought the two of them together when they were 13 years old as members of the professional Chicago musical group, The Accordioneers.  Ray’s involvement with the group also featured him as the band’s organist, percussionist, as well as their musical arranger.  He continued his devotion to music, with his “accomplice” Joan at his side, playing at church functions, friends’ and family parties.  For many years, Ray proudly served as an usher at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Ray leaves a beautiful legacy of love to his family and friends along with many happy memories. In accordance with Ray’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service.  Interment is private.  A celebration of his life will be held late summer or early autumn depending on the guidelines for Covid at that time.  As a proud member of The National Guard, which he served for 11 years, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers.  For info, contact: (855) 448-3997 or visit their website, support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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  • Kathy Mills (Thursday, March 04 21 12:54 pm EST)

    Kris, a loss during these strange times must be even more heart-wrenching than it otherwise is. But it seems your family has left a legacy of love you can cherish and rely on to warm & cheer you over time. A real blessing.

  • MariaCorrea (Thursday, March 04 21 01:36 pm EST)

    Kris, my deepest sympathy. May your dad rest in paradise. Soar with the angels Mr. Raymond Johnson...

  • Susan Henne (Thursday, March 04 21 02:38 pm EST)

    My dear friend, Kris and to your brother Jay, your father is a remarkable man. Along with your mom, Joan, they raised 2 beautiful children. Kris, you loved and cared for both your parents with such love and grace. May you, Jay, and your dad be at peace with everlasting joy in the loving memories of your family.

  • Salvatore F Miritello (Sunday, March 07 21 09:53 am EST)

    Prayers to you and the family Kris, your Dad is now with your Mom. Both were great people.

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Diana C. Kucharzak

Funeral services and interment will be private.

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