Mary Therese Maska

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Mary MaskaMary Therese Maska, nee Hucek, age 87, of Western Springs.  Beloved wife of the late Robert R. Maska.  Loving mother of Mary Jo (George) Benak and Kathy (Tom Steider) Maska.  Devoted grandmother of Robert and Jamie Benak, Anna and Jeffrey Steider.  Dear sister of Joan Kravcik.  Preceded in death by her siblings Frank Hucek, Barbara Rovtar and Rosemarie Trinko.  Visitation 9am Wednesday June 25th at St. John of the Cross Church, 5005 Wolf Rd., Western Springs, until time of Funeral Mass 9:45am. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Western Springs Fire and Rescue Assoc., 4353 Wolf Rd., Western Springs, IL, 60558 or the Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 531313, Henderson, NV, 89053 appreciated.  Funeral info 708-352-6500

Gertrude M. Pacanowski

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Gertrude M. PacanowskiGertrude M. Pacanowski  (nee Scichowski) age 78, of LaGrange. Beloved wife of the late Clarence L.; devoted mother of Sharon, Jeff and Laura Pacanowski. Visitation Monday, June 23, from 3 to 9pm at Hallowell & James Funeral Home 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside. Prayers Tuesday, June 24, 9:30am from the chapel to St. Cletus Church in LaGrange for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Info (708) 352-6500

Rev. Charles Svoboda

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Rev. Charles Svoboda

Rev. Charles Svoboda, 94, of Oak Trace, Downers Grove, formerly of Hinsdale entered heaven’s shores on June 17, 2014 at 9:00am.  He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor, the loving father of Carol (the late Russell) Taylor, Daniel (Carolyn) and Timothy (Karol) Svoboda and John (Maureen) Boda.  Chuck was a devoted grandfather of Jenn (Mike) Sweany, Bill and Ben (Trisha) Taylor, Ana (Biju) Mathew, Sonya and Paul Svoboda.  He was a dear greatgrandfather of Kendyl and Ashlyn Sweany, Lakelan Taylor and Zarah Mathew.  Chuck was preceded in death by all of his siblings, the late Joseph, Frank, Edward, Tilly and Milly.  He is survived by many nieces and nephews.  Rev. Svoboda served with the Armed Forces in World War II with three years in overseas duty in Europe in North Africa under General George Patton, and in Italy under General Mark Clark.  He eventually ended up in France and Germany.  He received the Good Conduct Ribbon with one Silver Battle Star, one Bronze Battle Star, Bronze Service Arrowhead, six overseas Service Bars and One Service Stripe.  He was also an Anzio Beach Survivor.  He was a Bible Teacher, Preacher, Evangelist, Author, Prayer Warrior, Assistant to the President of Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music, Church Planter and Organizer, Church Troubleshooter and Arbitrator, Founder of the Church Extension Ministry for IFCA International (Illinois Bible Church Mission) during which time 13 Bible Churches were started through area Bible classes, Founder and Director Emeritus of Bible Related Ministries, Pastor to the Pastors and Friend of many.  Chuck is the author of many Bible Studies and a book called “Who Would Believe It.”  Rev. Svoboda began his ministry of troubleshooting churches in 1953 to rescue a church in distress.  His ministry of rescue and church planting spanned a 60 year period, during which he helped organize 16 churches and rescue literally hundreds of strife-torn churches.  Chuck was an ordinary man with a remarkable sense of humor and a belief in a big God with no limitations.  He prayed faithfully each day and claimed the promise of one of his favorite verses: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” – Jeremiah 33:3.  During his years of service Chuck had the insight to train faithful men for ministry: Young pastors capable of ministry, Associate Arbitrators, a capable Board, as well as the next Director of BRM, with the plan of the ministry continuing when his days on earth were through.  This was a good plan and BRM continues to the present day keeping church doors open and good men in pulpits.  Visitation will be from 2 to 8pm on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 West 55th Street, Countryside, Illinois 60525.  Closing Service and Testimonies will be at 3pm on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at LaGrange Bible Church, 850 South Seventh Avenue.  In lieu of flowers and memorials, please send donations to the continuing work of Bible Related Ministries, P. O. Box 272, Hinsdale, IL 60522-0272.  Funeral home phone 708/352-6500 or

Florence Santucci Bledsoe

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Florence Santucci BledsoeFlorence Santucci Bledsoe, nee Rullman, age 96, of LaGrange.  Beloved wife of the late John Santucci and the late Charles Bledsoe.  Loving mother of Marianne (Richard) Dlugo, John (Nassim) Santucci, James (Beth) Santucci and Lawrence (Linda) Santucci.  Devoted grandmother of 16 and great-grandmother of 21.  Dear sister of the late George, the late Mildred and the late Frances.  Fond aunt to many.  Visitation 4-8pm Thursday June 19th at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside.  Prayers 9:15am Friday June 20th from the funeral home to St. Francis Xavier Church for Mass at 10am.  Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society appreciated.

Betty M. Horn

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Betty HornBetty M. Horn, 86, of Indian Head Park.  Beloved wife of Gerald “Jerry.”  Loving mother of Jim (Judy) Horn, Marilyn (late Steve) Hamadej and Jan (Terry) Perkins.  Devoted grandmother of Shannon Horn, Doug, Ken and Jeff Perkins.  Dear sister of  William J. Donnelly, M. D. (Tesse) and Barbara (Hal) Storey.  Fond aunt of many.  Dear sister-in-law of Bill (Mary Pat) Horn.  Predeceased by her parents, William and Dorothy Donnelly,  sisters-in-law Bernice and Carol and brother-in-law Bernard and their spouses.  Visitation 3 to 9pm Sunday, June 22nd at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside.  Prayers 9:30am Monday, June 23rd at the funeral home to St. Cletus Catholic Church, LaGrange for Mass at 10am.  Interment All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, following funeral luncheon.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Thomas Hospice appreciated.  Betty was a retired employee of Chase Bank (formerly LaGrange State Bank) and a member of St. Louise de Marillac Women’s Club for many years.  She was also an Immaculata Alumna.  Funeral home phone 708/352-6500 or

Robert J. Harris

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Robert J. HarrisRobert J. Harris, 85, of Orland Park. Beloved husband of the late Elaine. Loving father of Laurie (Rene) Hansen-Valladares , Patrick R. Harris and Donna Dalke. Grandfather of Robert (Jenny), Phillip, Amanda, Anthony (Amy), Jennifer, Kelsey, Steven and Christie. Great-grandfather of 8. Brother of Max (late Jean) Harris and Betty (late Bill) O’Donnell. Visitation 3 to 9pm Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 301-75th Street, Downers Grove. Will lie in state Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 10am until time of funeral service, 11am, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1101 Kimberly Way and Rt. 53 in Lisle. Interment Maryhill Cemetery in Niles. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to American Cancer Society. Funeral info: 630-964-6500 or .

Susan Elizabeth O’Connell

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Susan Elizabeth O’ConnellSusan Elizabeth O’Connell, age 54, of Indian Head Park; beloved wife of Dr. John F. O’Connell; loving mother of Molly, Annie, and Nora; sister of Paul (Ruth) O’Donnell, Mary Topping, Kevin (Kim) O’Donnell, Donna O’Donnell, Thaddeus (Mandy) O’Donnell and the late Cindy (Tom) Smyka; aunt and friend of many. Visitation Friday, 3 to 9 pm at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside. Funeral Prayers Saturday, 9:30am from the funeral home to St. Francis Xavier Church, LaGrange. Mass 10am. Interment Private. Memorials in Susan’s honor may be given to the Dr. Groves B. Smith Guardianship Corp. of Beverly Farm, 6301 Humbert Road Godfrey, IL 62035. Funeral Info: 708-352-6500 or

Mary Suzanne Wielgus

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WielgusMary Suzanne Wielgus (nee Kelly) age 64.  Died June 14, after a brief battle with Colon Cancer. Loving mother of Kelly (Jason) Cory and Nicholas (Natalie) Wielgus; loving Nana to Matthew and Caitlin Cory and Lily and Michael Wielgus; dear sister of Michael (Barbara) Kelly, William (Kim) Kelly, Maryanne Kelly, Jim (Patricia) Kelly, Norinne (Michael) Broski and  Patricia (Stuart) Murray.  Preceded in death by her husband Stephen and parents Patricia and Michael Kelly as well as brothers Lawrence, John and Joseph. Mary Sue served for more than 25 years as a Director of Religious Education at various Parishes in the Chicago Archdiocese. Visitation Tuesday 3 to 9 pm at Hallowell & James Funeral Home 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside. Prayers Wednesday, June 18, from the chapel to St. Francis Xavier Church, LaGrange for Mass at 10 am. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Lexington Hospice Services, 665 W. North Ave., Suite 500, Lombard, IL 60148. Funeral Home Phone: (708) 352-6500.

Allan L. Koprek

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Allan KoprekAllan L. Koprek, 67, of Woodridge. Loving father of Jennifer Diaz and Rachel (Lee) Wheatley. Grandfather of Max, Makayla, Maggie, Ariana, Carissa and Molly. Brother of Karen (Del) Raupp and Rick (Nancy) Koprek. Memorial visitation 3 to 9pm Sunday June 22nd at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 301-75th Street, Downers Grove, where memorial services will be held at 11am on Monday June 23rd. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Advocate Hospice. Funeral info: 630-964-6500 or . 

Iris Rose Auer

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Iris Rose Auer Iris Rose Auer (nee Powell) age 92, of Ocala, FL formerly of Chicago, IL. Beloved wife of the late Fred; loving aunt of James (Holly) Fiala, Ken (Diane) Powell, Karen (Robert) Civinelli, Kim Gibas including many loved great nieces and nephews. Interment Private. Memorial Mass Saturday, June 14, 3:00 pm at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, 7600 So. Wolf Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association. Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Downers Grove is assisting the family. Info: (630) 964-6500 

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