Death Notices from 7-2-15

Henry Joseph Fortier, 88, died June 25 at his Oak Lawn home.
Memorial visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. today (July 2), followed by 10:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St., Palos Hills. Interment will be private.
Mr. Fortier was a structural engineer for Ceco Corp. for 35 years, before retiring to Ft. Myers, Fla., 20 years ago. He was an active volunteer in his church and with his children’s activities, and more recently with his church, retirement community and Meals on Wheels.
He is survived by his daughters, Lesley (Jim) Jercich and Jill (Rick) Engel; sons, Dr. Glen (Michelle), Dr. Paul (Susan), Gary (Melissa), Philip (Moira), Dennis (Cindy) and Christopher (Heidi) Fortier; and 19 grandchildren.
Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

CHARLES E. MAURER                                                                                                      Charles E. Maurer of Chicago Ridge, a retired lieutenant in the Chicago Ridge Fire Department, died June 23 at Palos Community Hospital. He was 74.

Services were June 26 from Schmaedeke Funeral Home to Our Lady of the Ridge Church. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Maurer; sons, Charles Jr. and Tom (Prudence) Maurer; daughters, Beck (David) Pluister and Cheryl (Bob) Zalatoris; sister, Barbara White; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Catherine Tucker (nee Schwellenbach), 97, formerly of Palos Hills, died June 23 at Mother Teresa Home in Lemont.
Services were June 26 from Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church in Palos Hills.
Mrs. Tucker, a retired office clerk, had eight brothers and sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Wind and Mary Lou (Thomas) Rasmussen; sons, Leonard (Margaret) and Lawrence (Patti). Tucker; 10 grandchildren; and 15 grandchildren.

Death Notice from 5-7-15

Charles Francis Bevid
Am Flag copyCharles Francis Bervid, 91, died April 24 at his home in Oak Lawn.
Services were held April 28 from Palos Gaidas Funeral Home to St. Fabian Church. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery.
 Mr. Bervid, a retired Chicago police officer, served in World War II as a Navy Seaman First Class on USS LST 529 and USS LST 400. Survivors include his son, Paul Bervid; sister, Virginia Smat; and many nieces and nephews.

John J. Devens
John “Jack” J. Devens, 87, died April 22 at his home in Worth.
Services were held April 25 from Curley Funeral Home to Our Lady of the Ridge Church. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Mr. Devens was a retired mechanic. He is survived by his wife, Sandra (nee Rehm); children, Mary (Stephen) Stanis, Katherine (Keith) Longrie, Margaret (Edward) Palenik, John Devens Jr., Patricia (James) Denison, Janet (Michael) Gunkel and Donna (Nick) Vamrakas; and 56 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Alice M. Murray
Alice M. Murray (nee Hartig), 90, of Worth, died April 19 at her home.
Services were held April 23 from Schmaedeke Funeral Home to Our Lady of the Ridge Church. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Mrs. Murray, a Chicago native, was a homemaker. She is survived by her children, Tom (Char) Murray, Lyn (Ken) Koester, Allisan (the late Frank) Konrath and Jim (Karen) Murray; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Evelyn H. Ziemann
Evelyn H. Ziemann (nee Gensch), 90, died April 26 at Smith Village in Chicago.
Services were Friday from Kosary Funeral Home to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn. Interment was at Bethania Cemetery.
Mrs. Ziemann is survived by nieces and nephews, Ruth Feldscher, Rev. Daniel Gensch, Dr. Magdalene Corbin and Walter Gaedtke Jr., and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Death Notice from 4-16-15


Sandra Kay Cooper
Sandra Kay Cooper (nee Boron), 73, an Oak Lawn resident, died April 8 at Northwestern Hospital. Services were held April 11 at Kosary Funeral Home in Evergreen Park. Interment was private.
Survivors include her sons, Timothy (Julia) and Michael Cooper; granddaughters Kaylee and Sara; sister, Barbara Schoemehl; and nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Cooper, a homemaker formerly of Apple Canyon Lake, Ill., was a member of Evergreen Park American Legion Post 854 Ladies Auxiliary.


Death Noyices from 4-9-15

Vytautas Rasytinis
Vytautas Rasytinis, 85, of Oak Lawn died April 2 in his home. Visitation and funeral Am Flag copyservices were held at Nativity BVM Church in Chicago followed by interment St. Casimir Lithuanian Cemetery. 
An Army veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Rasytinis is survived by children Vaiva and Aldis and grandson Richard.
Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, Mr.  Rasytinas worked for many years as a printer at  Bockman Printing-Bellwood and was a member of the Don Varnas American Legion Post. 

Anna Mae K. Warywoda
Anna Mae K. Warywoda, 72, of Palos Hills died April 1 in LaGrange. Private funeral services were held at Zarzycki Manor Chapels in Chicago.
Warywoda is survived by children Jerry (Christine) Warywoda and Rose (Gary) Oremus; grandchildren Magnus and Diesel; brother Thomas Sheehan; and brother-in-law Joseph Warywoda. 
Warywoda was retired after working as an office manager at an auto dealership.

Death Notice from 4-2-15

Kenneth R. Holdcroft
  Kenneth R. Holdcroft, 53, of Worth died Saturday at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
  An Oak Lawn native, Mr.Holdcroft is survived by sons David, Andrew and Alexander; sisters Bonnie (Dale) Wheeler, Diane Holdcroft and Kathleen (Gordon) Hussa; niece Elizabeth and nephew Michael.
  Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 S. Southwest Highway in Palos Hills. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.