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Death Notice from 5-22-14

Edith R. Lathus
Edith R. Lathus, 85, of Chicago Ridge died May 9 in Palos Community Hospital. Visitation was May 12 at Schmaedeke Funeral Home and a service was held at the chapel May 13 followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery.
Ms. Lathus is survived by her children, Susan, Carol, Nancy, Sandy, Michael, James, Lynda, Vince, Lorie and Jeri. She was born in Chicago and was a homemaker.

Robert Vander Veen
Robert Vander Veen of Evergreen Park died April 18 at Christ Hospital. A memorial Mass was held Saturday at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Evergreen Park.
Mr. Vander Veen was survived by Anna (nee Kerner) and children Michael (Gerri) and Edward (Alice) Vander Veen. He was born in Chicago and worked as a truck driver.

Death Notice from 5-8-14

Robert J. Douglas
Robert J. Douglas, 73, of Chicago Ridge died Saturday at Christ Hospital. The Visitation was Wednesday at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home in Palos Hills. The funeral is at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, at Our Lady of the Ridge Church. Interment is at Evergreen Cemetery.
Mr. Douglas is survived by partner Marge Talla and siblings Edna Dioguardi, Carol Gniedziejko and Gene Douglas. He was born in Chicago and worked in the manufacturing industry.

Linda M. Laurencell
Linda M. Laurencell, nee Schlegel, 68, of Chicago Ridge died April 29 at Manorcare in Oak Lawn. Visitation was April 30 and last Thursday at the Palos Gaidas Funeral Home in Palos Hills. The funeral was Friday at Our Lady of the Ridge Church. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery.
Ms. Laurencell was survived by her children, Phyllis (Rick) Simpson,  Patrice “Therese” Laurencell and Philip J. Laurencell. She was born in Chicago and worked at Jewel Foods for 40 years.

Joseph J. Mc Clowry
Joseph J. Mc Clowry, age 96, of Palos Hills died April 30 at Palos Community Hospital. Visitation was Friday at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home. The funeral was Saturday at Sacred Heart Church. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery.
Mr. Mc Clowry is survived by his children Joan (Robert) Quillman, Alice Feeney Doherty, James (Mary Ellen) Mc Clowry, Daniel (Michaelle) Mc Clowry, Richard Mc Clowry, Celeste “Letty” (Tom) Keefe, Joseph (fiancé-Mary Madden) McClowry Jr., Therese (fiancé- Steve Barry)  Mc Clowry and Laura (Russell) Showalter. He was born in Chicago and worked as a business manager.

Anna Marie O’Neal
Anna Marie O’Neal, nee Karner, 80, of Chicago Ridge died last Thursday at Palos Community Hospital. Visitation was held Monday at Schmaedeke Funeral Home in Worth. A funeral service was held Tuesday at Faith Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn.

Ms. O’Neal was survived by her children Gary O’Neal and Leann Lundgren and siblings Joseph Karner, Shirley Burkett and Herbert (Patricia) Karner. She was born in Chicago and worked as a printer.

Death Notice 4-24-14

John W. Roth
John W. Roth, 77, of Hickory Hills, formerly of Roberts Park, died last ThursdayFLAG-PIN in Hines. Visitation is Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 S. Southwest Hwy., Palos Hills. The funeral service is Friday at the funeral home but the time was pending as of Tuesday. Interment will be at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
Mr. Roth is survived by Donald (Jennifer) Roth, Victor (Karen) Roth, Harold (Marta) Wilkinson, Scott Wilkinson and T.J. (Carrie) Christie. He was born in Chicago, worked in the highway maintenance industry and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Death Notice from 4-17-14

Frank J. Szymakowski
  Frank J. Szymakowski, 92, of Chicago Ridge died April 8 in Hinsdale. Visitation was Sunday at Schmaedeke Funeral Home in Worth. The funeral was Monday at Our Lady of the Ridge Church in Chicago Ridge
  Mr. Szymakowski is survived by his wife, Verlena Szymakowski, daughter Linda La Motre and sister Helen Clark. He was born in Chicago and was a former Chicago Ridge trustee and an electrical technician.

Death Notices from 4-10-14

Rudolph M. Litak
Rudolph M. Litak, 72, died recently. Visitation was Friday at Kosary Funeral Home in Evergreen Park and the funeral was Saturday at St. Bernadette Church. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre.
Mr. Litak was survived by wife Coletta, nee Carik and children Michelle (Michael) Ronquillo, Thomas, Joseph, Mary, Steven, James, Matthew and Richard.

Kathleen Kirchhoff
Kathleen “Kathy” Kirchhoff, nee Bax, 67, of Worth, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights. Memorial visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10 and a service will be held at 1 p.m. the Palos Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 S. Southwest Hwy. in Palos Hills.
Ms. Kirchhoff is survived by her children Carolyn A. (Todd) Baumruk, Michael J. (Jennifer) Bostedo, Krista M. Bostedo and Donald P. Kirchhoff. She was born in Chicago and was a homemaker.

Casimir H. Kott
Casimir H. Kott, 89, formerly of Hickory Hills and living in Las Vegas, died Jan. 2 in Las Vegas. Funeral Mass is at 10 a.m. Saturday At St. Patricia Church in Hickory Hills. Entombment is at Resurrection Garden Mausoleum.
Mr. Kott was survived by wife Marie J. Kott, nee Koscielnicki, daughter Cynthia L. Kott and sister Irene Gregor. He was a World War II Army veteran.

Robert W. Ralston
Robert W. Ralson, 88, formerly of Palos Park, died March 26 in Decatur, Ala. Visitation was March 31 at Schmaedeke Funeral Home and Mass was April 1 at Our Lady of the Woods Church. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chicago.
Mr. Ralston is survived by his children John, Maureen Plestina, Patrice Scudella, Robert and David Ralston and his brother, David Ralston. He was born in Chicago and retired from Reynolds Aluminum after 48 years.

Cecelia Racevice
Cecelia Racevice , nee Gaudesus and formerly of Oak Lawn, died March 26 at the Chesterton Health and Emergency Center in Indiana. Visitation was March 28 at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home in Palos Hills. The funeral was March 29 at St. Linus Church and interment was at St. Casimir Lithuanian Cemetery.
Ms. Racevice is survived by daughter Joan (Phil) Dittmann. She was born in Chicago and was a homemaker.

Alice M. Santangelo
Alice M. Santangelo, 84, of Worth died March 29 at the Symphony of Crestwood Senior Care. Visitation was March 31 at Schmaedeke Funeral Home and Mass was April 1 at Sacred Hearth Church in Palos Hills and burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park.
Ms. Santangelo was survived by children Raymond Neal and Robert Santangelo. She was born in Chicago and was a homemaker.

Anthony V. Skimel
Anthony V. Skimel, 65, of Worth died Friday. Visitation was Monday at Palos Gaidas Funeral Home in Palos Hills, the funeral was Tuesday at Our Lady of the Ridge Church and interment was at St. Casimir Lithuanian Cemetery.
Mr. Skimel as survived by wife Marguerite, nee Kroll and children Michael, Richard, Jacob and Gabriel and sister Theresa (John) Pecosni. He was born in Chicago, worked as a field service technician and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Charles V. Zito
Charles V. Zito, 91, of Palos Hills died March 30. Visitation was last Friday at Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home in Palos Hills. The funeral was Saturday at Sacred Heart Church and interment was at St. Mary Cemetery.
Mr. Zito is survived by his children Frank (Barbara), Charles (Patricia), Terry (Edward) Arrigoni and Gina (Joe) Bracken. He was born in Chicago and was an operation engineer. He was also a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II.