Death Notice from 1-1-15

Mary A. Barczak
Mary A. Barczak of Palos Park died Dec. 25 at Holy Family Villa. She was 93. 
A homemaker born in Chicago, Mrs. Barczak is survived by children Annette (Jim) Coughlin, Jeannette Barczak, Anna Marie (Michael) Klingele and Tony Barczak; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Visitation and funeral services were held at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in La Grange Park. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Holy Family Villa, 12220 S. Will-Cook Rd., Palos Park, Ill. 60464. 

Mary Ellen Trask
Mary Ellen Trask, 94, died Dec. 24 at Salem Village in Joliet.
Visitation and funeral services were held at Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home,11028 S. Southwest Highway in Palos Hills.
A former resident of Palos Hills, Mrs. Trask is survived by children Edward (Sandra) McKenna and Ralph Trask; sisters Eileen, Rose, Peggy, Sarah and brother Andy.
Mrs. Trask was a World War II veteran of the Home Guard in Liverpool, England, and spent much of her life as a homemaker.

Death Notice from 11-27-14

Edward A. Bergdahl
Edward A. Bergdahl, 78, of Chicago Ridge died Nov. 15 in his home.
Funeral services were held Friday Nov. 22 at Schmaedeke Funeral Home in Worth. Burial was Saturday at Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Mr. Bergdahl is survived by his wife, Patricia Loftus, children Linda Bergdahl and Edward (Audrey).
 Mr. Bergdahl was born in Chicago and worked as a teacher. He served as a deputy chief of the Chicago Ridge Fire Department.

Catherine F. Mioni
Catherine F. Mioni, 90, of Worth died Nov. 18 died in her home.
Visitation for Mrs. Mioni was held last Wednesday at Schmaedeke Funeral Home in Worth. A funeral Mass was held the following day at Our Lady of the Ridge Church in Chicago Ridge. Burial was at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.
Mrs. Mioni is survived by children Cathy (Bob) Lofrano, Peggi (Richard) Quinlan, Thomas (Maria), Mary (Terry) Samoska, Frank (Kim), Donna (Don) Johnson, John and Leah Mioni.
Theresa R. Szablewski
Theresa R. Szablewski of Palos Hills died Saturday at St. James Place in Crete. She was 73.  
Visitation will be held at noon Saturday at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 S. Southwest Hwy., Palos Hills, followed by a service at 5 p.m.
Mrs. Szablewski is survived by daughter Lynne (Thomas) Kelly.
Born in Chicago, Mrs. Szablewski was a social worker and dedicated many years of service to the Palos Hills Community Center and PLOWS. She  graduated from the Jane Adams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago. 
Donations can be made to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 N. Summit St., Toledo, Ohio, 43604.

Death Notice from 11-20-14

Joseph A. De Grado
Joseph A. De Grado, died Nov. 10. He was 72. Visitation was held at Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home in Palos Hills. A funeral Mass was said at Sacred Heart Church. Mr. De Grado is survived by his wife  Ruth; children Joseph Jr. and Lori Ann Carlson and brother James (Barbara) De Grado. Mr. De Grado worked for many years for Cardinal Building Maintenance.

Death Notice from 11-13-14

Donald B. Gilbert
Donald B. Gilbert, 85, of Worth died Nov. 4 in Hoffman Estates.
Visitation was held Schmaedeke Funeral Home in Worth. Funeral services were held Friday at Our Lady of the Ridge Church in Chicago Ridge. Burial was at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Lemont.
Mr. Gilbert is survived by his children Roxane and Cassandra Gilbert and Elizabeth Fitzgerald and sister Gladys Ratovich. Born in Chicago, Mr. Gilbert worked as an auto mechanic.

Florence M. Paloucek
Florence M. Paloucek of Palos Park died Oct. 28 at Palos Community Hospital. She was 87.
A memorial Mass was held on Saturday at Sacred Heart Church in Palos Hills. Private interment was held at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Hillside.
Mrs. Paloucek was born in Chicago. She attended Loretto High School and studied nursing at Loyola University.
Mrs. Florence worked as a neonatal nurse at MacNeal Hospital for more than 20 years following the death of her husband, Dr. Frank Paloucek.
She enjoyed participating in bridge clubs and reading. She was unassuming, devoted, well-traveled and knowledgeable. In later years she lived for Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Downtown Abbey, the news and events of her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. 
Mrs. Paloucek is survived by her children Frank (Sharon), Mary (John) Broderick, Joanne (Henry) Baker, Catherine and John; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made in Florence’s name to the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, P.O. Box 508, Wheaton, Ill. 60187.

Glenn Wyma Jr.
Glenn Wyma Jr., 56, of Palos Hills died Nov. 5 at Palos Community Hospital.
Visitation was Friday at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home in Palos Hills followed by funeral services the following day at the funeral home. Interment was at Mt. Vernon Memorial Estates.
Mr. Wyma is survived by his parents, Mary Ann and Glenn Sr.; siblings Patrick (Susan), Joan (Ken) Sawinski, Tom Sr. (Bea), Matthew, Shawn (Amanda) and Timothy (Christine); and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Mr, Wyma was born in Chicago and worked as a manager.

Death Notice from 10-30-14

Mike Cassano
Mike Cassano, 86, of Palos Hills died Friday at Palos Community Hospital Visitation was Monday at Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home in Palos Hills. The funeral was Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church.
Mr. Cassano was survived by children Robert (Teresa) and Maria (Richard) Singer. He was born in Italy and was a stationary engineer and owned a barber shop in Chicago.

LaVerne C. Koschnitski
LaVerne C. Koschnitski, 83, of Palos Hills, died Oct. 15 at Peace Village in Palos Park. A memorial service was held at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Worth. Burial was at Bethania Cemetery in Justice.
Ms. Koschnitski is survived by brothers Leroy, Emil, Edward (Kae) and Wayne (Judy) Koschnitski. Ms. Koschnitski was born in Chicago and worked as a freight tracer. She was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church.

Virginia “Ginger” Dreger
Virginia “Ginger” Dreger of Worth died Oct. 21 in her home. She was 79. Visitation and funeral services were at Schmaedeke Funeral Home in Worth. Burial was private.
Mrs. Dreger is survived by her husband, Paul; children Mike (Lorene), Jim (Vicki) and Laura Hayes; sister Dorothy (Harry) Boekeloo; and four grandchildren. Mrs. Dreger was born in Chicago and was a homemaker.