Helen Mae Asmus (nee Schilke)

 age 88, long time Palos Heights resident and former City Clerk passed away October 27th, 2021.  Beloved wife of the late Edward W Asmus, Jr. Mother of Alicia (Andy) Shillington, Edward (Ronda) Asmus III.  Grandmother of Grant Shillington.  Sister of the late Mildred (late Melvin) Ott.  Aunty to George (Jan) Ott and Barbara (Fred) Glover.  Member and former Church secretary of Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Palos Heights. Lying in state Saturday, October 30th from 10 a.m. until time of services 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 7800 W. McCarthy Road, Palos Heights, Illinois, 60463.  Private family interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.   For additional information call Van Henkelum Funeral Home, 708-448-3530 

Barbara A. Oswald (nee Maher)

Age 82, of Palos Heights peacefully passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.   Loving wife of Frank R. Oswald, and beloved mother of Kevin (Laura) Oswald, Katherine (Brian) Howe and Deborah Pawelko. Adored by her grandchildren Matthew (Jeni) Howe, Kelsey (Sam) Speaker, Sarah (Connor) Dahlman, Owen Pawelko, Mason Pawelko, and great granddaughter Zofia Howe. Dear sister to Rosemary (late Bob) Noble, Kathleen (David) Garland, Larry (Joanne) Maher, Martin (late Eileen) Maher, Thomas (Diane) Maher, Patrick (Patricia) Maher. Loved by many nieces and nephews.   Barbara is proceeded in death by sisters Theresa (James) Boot, Winifred (Joseph) Golab, and brothers Robert (Bridget) Maher and Kevin Maher.   Barbara’s life revolved around caring for her family. When her children were grown, she dedicated herself as a hospice volunteer at Palos Hospice for 20+ years. Her passions and hobbies included singing, golf and volunteering her time in the community of Palos Heights. She was an active member of the St. Alexander Church Choir, Palos Heights Woman’s Club and the Palos Heights Woman’s Golf League. Visitation Wednesday, October 27th from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm.   Chapel Prayers Thursday, October 28th 9:30 am at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE Center, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights.  Proceeding to St. Alexander Church, 7025 W. 126th Street, Mass 10:00 AM.   Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to the Hospice at Palos Hospital. https://secure2.convio.net/nmhc/site/Donation2?df_id=4488&mfc_pref=T&4488.donation=form1. 

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  • Lynn Beeskow (Tuesday, October 26 21 12:01 pm EDT)

    Barbara and I shared two lovely granddaughters, and over the 30 plus years I watched Barb be a wonderful grandmother. She
    attended every soccer and basketball game and all those "terrific" dance recitals. I will miss all the family times we had together. Her passing leaves an empty space that cannot be filled. Rest in Peace Dear Barb.

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Michael Joseph Hall

Proud U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of the Iranian Conflict Era..   Beloved husband of Karen (nee Gainer). Loving father of Meghan (David) Nilsen, Ryan (Emily) Hall, Caitlin (Brian) Olejnik, Michael (Danielle) Hall & Charlie Hall. Cherished papa of Elissa, Kate, Winston, Solomon, Beau, Annabelle, Loralai & Cooper. Devoted son of Carol (late Ray) Schuemann & Donald (late Alice) Hall. Dear brother of Terri (Bob) Beers, Kathy (K.C.) McCurrie, Rick (Kathy) Schuemann, Patti (Jim) Anderson, John (Lisa) Schuemann, Mark (Sue) Schuemann & Karen (John) Russell. Fond brother-in-law of Tom (Jennifer) Gainer, Carol (Bill) Bemis, Pat (Michael) Smith, Barb (Mark) Johnson, Jim (Sharon) Gainer & Jerry (Jean) Gainer. Kind uncle and friend of many.   Visitation Tuesday, October 26th from 3 until 8 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights.   Family & Friends will gather Wednesday, October 27th directly at Saint Cajetan Church, 2445 W. 112th Street, Chicago, Mass 11 a.m.   Interment will be private.   In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Williams Syndrome Association, https://williams-syndrome.org/donate would be appreciated.   www.kerryfh.com ~ (708) 361.4235 ~ www.facebook.com/kerryfuneral

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  • KC McCurrie (Monday, October 25 21 11:26 am EDT)

    Mike my brother-in-law and my brother is a kind, generous man who loved Karen and his family more than I can express. He treated us all as his family and dearly cared for everyone. I will see him in heaven some day. Well done my brother!

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Shirley A. Van Henkelum (nee Coady)

Age 90 of Palos Heights   Beloved Wife the the Late H. Whitey Van Henkelum.   Dear Mother of Peter (Cindy), Paul (Carol) and Jo Anne (Gerald) Martin.    Grandmother of Katleen  (Ronald) Danihel Jr., Daniel ( Ann Marie ) Martin, Mike (Ali) Van Henkelum, Regina Van Henkelum, John Van Henkelum & the Late David Martin.   Great Grandmother of Sophia Martin, Luke & Quinn Van Henkelum, Trey & Cole Danihel.   Sister of Bob (Marion) Coady and the Late Jack (Jane) Coady, the late Merilee Wilson, the late William (the late Pat) Coady, and the late Betty (the late Peter) Gariti.   Many Nieces and Nephews also survive.   Visitation Sunday, Oct. 24th from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Kerry Funeral Home and Cremation Center 7020 W. 127th St. Palos Height, Il.   Chapel Prayers Monday, Oct. 25th 9:30 am to St. Alexander Church Mass 10:00 AM   Interment Palos Oak Hill Cemetery    Former Owner with her Husband Whitey of Van Henkelum Funeral Home Palos Heights, Il.   In Lieu of Flower Memorials to the Palos Heights Library and the Palos Lions Club would be appreciated. 

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  • Pat McGowan (Wednesday, October 20 21 10:32 pm EDT)

    Deepest sympathy Pete on the death of your mom.

  • Danna M Wood (Sunday, October 24 21 12:47 pm EDT)

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Shirley was a member of two golf leagues, and we enjoyed her company for many years. She will be missed by many.

  • Kevin Fitzpatrick (Sunday, October 24 21 10:21 pm EDT)

    Such a lovely lady and dear family friend for years. She and Whitey and our parents all together again in paradise. Peace to this wonderful family. 🙏

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Karen Susan Biro (nee Manak)

Our beloved Karen Susan Biro (Manak) of North Riverside, IL passed away peacefully on September 25, 2021 surrounded by her family. Karen was born on June 27, 1963, daughter of Ernest and Judith Manak.  She attended Komarek Elementary School and was a graduate of Proviso East High School in 1981. Karen was a member of the pom-pom squad, student government, guard club, and the reunion committee.  She went on to study computer science at Northern Illinois University where she met her spouse Mike Biro (Palos Heights) through mutual friends.  Karen and Mike wed on June 9, 1985 and were married for 36 beautiful years. Karen was a loving mother to their children Michael and Amanda.  Her family was her life. As her children grew older, she decided to pursue a new career in massage therapy. She found joy in helping others and had the warmest heart.  She was incredibly caring, selfless, and kind.  She enjoyed many things in life, some of which included hiking, fishing, gardening and a love for cooking for her family and friends (she also enjoyed a dirty martini from time to time). Wherever there was a beach, Karen could be found hunting for hours for the perfect rock or sea shell.               Karen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  She will be dearly missed and survived by her husband, Mike, son Michael (Leslie), grandchildren: Harlow and Mickey, daughter, Amanda (Jasper), sister Julie (Sean), nieces and nephews: Erinn, Jack, Nick, and Sarah, brother Ernie (Cheryl), niece and nephew: Abby and Mason, mother-in-law Janice, brother-in-law Mark (Lolita), niece: Isabelle, along with best friend Michelle (Pete), child: Eleni. Karen would often say, “all shall be well” during times of difficultly -  these words and her spirit will live on in the hearts of those she loved forever.               A private “Celebration of Life” will be held for family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Karen Biro to support the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund, c/o Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 420 E. Superior Street, Rubloff Building, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611, or you may Click here to make an online donation. Please indicate “Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund” in the text box provided.               There are several ways donations can be made:   By mail: Checks can be made payable to the Northwestern University and mailed to my attention at the following address: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Attn: Nicole Langert, Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund, 420 East Superior Street, Rubloff Building, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611.   By phone: If individuals wish to make a credit card donation by phone, they may do so by calling Nicole Langert at 312.503.1656.   Online: Please visit https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/giving/index.html and click “Make A Gift.” Please designate “Other, please specify in the text box” and type “Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund.” Under “Your Honorary/Memorial Gift Options” donors can note “Karen Biro” as the honoree.

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  • Karen & Clyde Hughes (Wednesday, October 13 21 09:43 pm EDT)

    Our deepest sympathy to the Biro family. Karen was a beautiful person inside and out. Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort.

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Dolores Lanigan-Kane (nee Kugel)

Passed away on October 17, 2021 at the age of 90.   She is survived by her 3 loving children Thomas (Mayte), Kathleen (Seamus) and Linda (Phil).   She is the cherished grandmother to Eric, Nicole and Thomas.  She is a loving aunt to many wonderful nieces and nephews.   Dolores was a graduate of Loretta Academy in Chicago (Woodlawn), and also Fox Business College.  She was an employee of Illinois Bell Telephone for almost 25 years as a secretary in Public Relations and made many lifetime friends.   Following the untimely death of her first husband, Dolores remarried at the age of 72 to her second husband James Kane and they enjoyed many travels together.    A devote Catholic, Dolores was a member of St. Alexander Parish and had a group of lady friends that sat in the back pew of church for Saturday night Mass “religiously”.   Visitation Friday, October 22nd 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 Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Rosary Hill, 9000 W. 81st Street, Justice, IL 60458, in her name.

Karen Ann Natt 

Wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, avid reader, sudoku enthusiast, seamstress, choir singer, baker, artist, bridge player, bookkeeper and dear friend, passed away on Friday, October 15th.  Wife of Ted and loving mother to Julie, Nancy, Wendy, and Amy. Karen sadly faced the loss of Nancy’s twin, Jeanne, at infancy, and three years later, daughter Krista at birth. Nancy’s life was then tragically shortened at age 20. Despite her undeniable grief, Karen worked hard to create a warm, nurturing, and loving home full of faith, tradition, and creativity. She always stressed the importance of education, sensibility, kindness, open mindedness, and humility. Daughter of Leo and Marguerete Tubay and sister to Francie, Anita, Harriet ("Toots"), Leo, Robert, Joe, Jim, George, and Barbara. The Tubay’s grew up in Westville and Chicago, IL. The brothers and sisters always made the time for annual Tubay reunions. They traveled the country with families in tow to spend time together hiking, swimming, playing games, sharing meals, and reminiscing over cocktail hours. To this day, they remain close. Karen was a spirited and loyal friend to so many. From Gage Park High School, to International Harvester, to “the Palos Roadrunners” camping group and her years at Palos Bank, she remained friends to the very end with everyone. She also gave generously of her time and talents. She grocery shopped each week for Grandma Natkowski (her mother-in-law) and sewed costumes, taught CCD, and sang in the choir at St. Al's. She was a Girl Scout leader and active member of the Palos Heights Women's Club. When she "went back to work," she became a proud part of the bookkeeping department at Palos Bank, balancing books “to the penny” every day. After retiring, she enjoyed time with her grandchildren—Emma, Henry, Vincent, Arnie, Leo and Cesco. The kids will always have fond memories of sleepovers, swimming in grandma's pool, delicious Christmas cookies, warm hugs, and lullabies. Late last year, she lost her eldest daughter, Julie, to cancer at age 61. In her last months, Karen developed severe dementia. She is finally resting at peace with all those she missed so dearly; she was 88 years old. Karen will always be remembered for her soft-spoken kindness, sensitivity, creativity, and unfathomable strength. Join us in remembering Karen at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights on Saturday, October 23 from 9:00-11:00 am. proceeding to Saint Alexander Church, Mass 11:30 a.m.    Interment will be private.

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  • Susan Phelan (Thursday, October 21 21 10:37 pm EDT)

    Our deepest sympathy to you Amy and your entire family. We will miss seeing and talking with your Mother. She was a very sweet woman.

    Rest In Peace Karen,

    Love, Ed & Susan Phelan

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William W. Lange

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Evelyn Ruth Fulkerson (nee Schweizer)

Funeral services and interment will be private.

James M. Murray  

 Loving husband of Barbara (nee Stammer).   Beloved father of Jacqueline (John Filice) Murray & Charles (Kristina Pontarelli).   Adored grandfather of Rockefeller, Moneypenny & Clara.   Fond brother of Brent (Paulette), Dan & Robert.   Visitation Tuesday, October 12th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 West 127th Street, Palos Heights.   Lying-In-State Wednesday, October 13th from 9:00 a.m. until time of service, 10:00 a.m. at the Calvary Church, 16100 104th Avenue, Orland Park.   Interment Fairmount Willow Hills Memorial Park.   In lieu of flowers, donations to the CurePSP.org would be appreciated.

Donald R. Canning

Beloved husband of Dorothy Canning (nee Harker) for 69 years.   Loving father of Kimberly (John) Myers.   Cherished grandfather of Daniel (Julie) Myers.   Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.   Donald was a devoted employee of the Village of Oak Lawn for over 40 years.   Memorial Visitation Tuesday, October 12th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   Chapel prayers Wednesday, October 13th, 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.   Interment will be private.

Patricia A. Lowe (nee Falk)

Funeral services and interment will be private.

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  • Alex Korduplewski (Sunday, October 24 21 10:50 am EDT)

    Sorry to hear about Patsy's passing away. Just found out today. October 24th. If I known, I would have been there. Best wishes. Sonny

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Rita T. Nagy (nee Rubino)

Age 79, passed away peacefully on October 6th, 2021.  Rita was proceeded in death by her husband of 54 years, Richard and her eldest son Mark (T-Kay).  She is survived by her son, Ron; granddaughters Monica and Michelle; brother Jim (Carol) and a fond Aunt to many.  Rita was a former long-term resident of Blue Island, IL. An avid reader and card player with a love for travel.  Memorial visitation Saturday, October 16th from 9 am until time of chapel service 12 pm at KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights, IL; Inurnment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, IL. Rita supported many causes during her lifetime. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. 

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  • Greg Gallo (Monday, October 11 21 01:26 pm EDT)

    Ron, I am so sorry for your loss. Your perseverance through your mothers final days was inspiring and I thank you for the strength you displayed to me through it all. May she rest in peace.

  • Sheila Schneider (Sunday, October 17 21 01:28 pm EDT)

    Ron, Hugs and prayers to you!! Heaven received an angel! May your find comfort with your loved ones.

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Beverly Carole Avery (nee Arent)  

   Passed away September 29 at the youthful age of 81. She was born in Chicago on November 18, 1939 to Leonard and Valentyne Arent. She is survived by her loving husband Arthur Avery of 59 years and her legacy lives on in her three loving daughters Karen Avery (Greg), Dawn Soukup (Greg) and Kelly Sise (Patrick) She is the cherished grandmother of Paige, Morgan, Johnluke, Jacob, Abigail, Liam, Brendan, Hayden and Madison. Beverly attended Immaculatta High School Park Ridge ’57, The University of Illinois Champaign ’62 B.S. in Early Childhood Education and National Louis University ’91 M.S. in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy. She was a proud member of the Palos Heights Women’s Club and South Suburban Association for the Education of Young Children. Beverly co-founded, owned and operated Sandbox Pre Schools for 52 years with Suzanne Moustakas which continues to serve the Palos Heights, Orland Park and Homer Glen communities. They have produced thousands of lifelong learners, success stories and continue to educate third generations. In 2013, Beverly was honored before the Illinois State Assembly as a Children’s Champion for serving “above and beyond”. A devout Catholic, Beverly is a member of St. Alexander Parish and sang joyfully in the choir of St. Francis Parish. In 2007, Beverly was instrumental in the committee to restore the beloved Statue of the Blessed Mother which stood at her Alma Mater Immaculatta H.S. and is now part of the Ianelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge. Visitation Friday, October 8th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   Chapel prayers Saturday, October 9th at 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 will be private. In keeping with her strong commitment to children’s health and education and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in her name. ( www.stjude.org )

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  • Mary Jo (Monday, October 04 21 06:42 pm EDT)

    What a wonderful woman!
    She will be greatly missed by all that were blessed to know her and all those that were influenced by attending her Sandbox Schools. RIP Dear Beverly!

  • Barbara Carroll (Monday, October 04 21 09:23 pm EDT)

    Condolences to the entire Avery family! What an amazing lady who has contributed so much to the lives of so many.

  • Rhonda Storer (Tuesday, October 05 21 07:16 am EDT)

    My condolences to the Avery family. I will always have fond memories of Beverly and my time at Sandbox. May she rest in the hands of the Lord.

  • Penny Drown (Thursday, October 07 21 06:22 pm EDT)

    Beverly Avery made this world better. Her legacy will live on for years. Now there is a Sandbox in heaven. May God continue to bless her and her family.

  • Sybil Gurgel and Patti (Paetsch) DeBias (Friday, October 08 21 10:43 am EDT)

    Beverly was a very dear friend and I will miss her very much.

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