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Czarnecki, Michael - Franklin Park  
Czarnecki, Michael Age 64 of Northlake, loving husband of Susan (nee Wolinski); beloved father of Michael (Nicole) and Jennifer (Andy) Miodynski; loving papa of Joshua and Madelynn; brother of Patrick (Kat); uncle of Lisa, Jason, and Todd. Visitation Friday, December 19, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Cuneo-Columbian Funeral Home, 10300 W. Grand Ave. (one block east of Mannheim Rd.), Franklin Park, IL. Prayers Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. from Cuneo-Columbian to St. Fabian Catholic Church, Bridgeview for Mass at 10:00 a.m. Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL. Info. 847-455-1200 or cuneocolumbian.net .
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 19, 2014
Czornyj, Anna M. - Palos Hills  
Czornyj, Anna M. Beloved wife for 65 years to the late Borys; loving mother of Laryssa (Robert) Lefebve and Walter E. Czornyj; cherished Baba of Michelle (Kevin) Roblee and Bill (Kathrine) Lefebve; devoted great-grandmother of Samuel and Benjamin Lefebve; she also had many Ukrainian friends from church. Anna was proficient at cross stitch and flower gardening. Visitation Monday 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Panachyda 7:00 p.m. at Hills Funeral Home, Ltd., 10201 S. Roberts Rd. (8000W), Palos Hills. Funeral Tuesday, Lying-in-State 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 10:00 a.m. at S.S. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 8420 W. 131st Street, Palos Park, IL. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. "May Her Memory Be Eternal". Info. 708-598-5880 or www.hillsfh.com .
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 14, 2014
De Guzman, Hedelisa - Skokie  
De Guzman, Hedelisa M. (nee Morales) Age 72, of Skokie. Beloved wife of Norberto T.; loving mother of Noel (Maria Paras) and Emily (Vasilios) Moutzouros; cherished grandmother of Ricardo, Antonia, and Marco De Guzman and Andreas, Alexander and Ignatius Moutzouros. Visitation Friday, December 19th, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m., at HABEN Funeral Home & Crematory, 8057 Niles Center Rd., Skokie. Funeral Saturday, December 20th, at 9:15 a.m., from the funeral home, for Mass, 9:30 a.m., at St. Peter Catholic Church, Skokie. Interment Maryhill Catholic Cemetery, Niles. Funeral info: 847.673.6111 or www.habenfuneral.com .
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 17, 2014
DeCoursey, David - Park Ridge  
DeCoursey, David 66, of Chicago, passed away on Thursday, December 18, 2014 in the loving care of his family. Beloved husband of Joanne (nee Lingle) for 42 years; devoted father of Jan (Patrick), Kathryn (Edward) and Donegan; very proud granddad of Liam, Aidan, Claire, Dylan and Emily; dear brother of Vincent, Thomas, Robert, Stephen and John; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. David was the Executive Director of Leadership Greater Chicago for over 25 years. Visitation at St. Josaphat Church, 2311 N. Southport on Monday, December 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the funeral mass following 5:00 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Leadership Greater Chicago Fund for the David DeCoursey Fellow, 111 East Wacker Drive, Ste. 1220, Chicago, IL 60601 or the charity of your choice. Info. 773-588-5850 www.cooneyfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 21, 2014
Dillon, Michael Wayne - Chicago Ridge  
Dillon, Michael Wayne Age 67. Beloved husband of Geraldine M. Burek Dillon; loving father of Ian and Diana Dillon; special caring grandfather of Aidan Dillon; adored son of Carol Dillon, and the late William Dillon; cherished brother of Richard "Rick" (Denise) Dillon and Mark (Allison) Dillon; treasured uncle of Shelby, Ansley, Christopher and Patrick; Mike will be greatly missed by his beloved Yorkie, "Roxy". Served proudly in the United States Navy in Vietnam, from July 21, 1966 to April 24, 1970. Mike was president of the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce for 2 terms; Mike served The Chicago Metro Chapter of Credit Unions as their Legislative liaison, and in numerous other volunteer capacities over the last decade. Mike was an avid golfer and longtime member of Ridge Country Club. When Mike was not involved with his business and civic duties, he enjoyed writing, cooking, entertaining and travel. Family and friends alike will miss Mike's spirited conversations and his love of everyone around him. Visitation Tuesday 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Wednesday 10:30 a.m. from Curley Funeral Home, 6116 W. 111th Street, Chicago Ridge to St. Alexander Church, 7025 W. 126th Street, Palos Heights. Mass 11:30 a.m. Interment private. For funeral info 708-422-2700, or www.curleyfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 14, 2014
DiPiazza, Carmela (Nicastro) - Chicago  
DiPiazza, Carmela (nee Nicastro) Beloved wife of the late Joseph; loving mother of Gina (Giacomo) Nicastro, Thomas (Laura) DiPiazza, Vincenza (Robert) Koch, and Joseph DiPiazza M.D.; beloved daughter of the late Salvatore and Vincenza Nicastro; dear granddaughter of Vincenzo Nicastro and Carmelina Alfano; fond grandmother of Joseph DiPiazza, Laura (Michael) Vinci, Joseph (Mary) Nicastro, Thomas Nicastro, Stellina (Daniel) Costa, Mark Heneghan, Frank, Angelina and Thomas Koch; great-grandmother of Andrew, Sabrina, Sara and Anthony Nicastro, Marco and Dominic Vinci, and Lillianna Costa; dear sister of Alfio (the late Gennieve LoPresti) Nicastro, and the late Ellena (Salvatore) Falletta, Antoinette Nicastro (Michaele) Ferlisi, and Vincenzo Nicastro; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Santa Lucia Church, 3022 S. Wells Mass 11:00 a.m. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, donations to Santa Lucia Church appreciated. Arrangements handled by Michael Coletta Sons Funeral Home (312)225-8500 www.colettasonsfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 20, 2014
Dixon, Stewart Strawn - Lake Forest  
Dixon, Stewart Strawn 84, of Lake Bluff died December 14, 2014. He was a founding member of one of Chicago's leading corporate lawfirms, Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, today known as Edwards Wildman and Palmer. Practicing law in Chicago for over half a century, Dixon started his legal profession as Partner at Kirkland and Ellis, before teaming up with Max Wildman, Bernard Harrold, and Thomas Allen in 1967 to form Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon out of a small cramped office located on the fourth floor at Six North Michigan Avenue. Dixon practiced in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Antitrust, Corporate, Securities and Tax, and Estate Planning, Probate and Family Law. His bar admissions included: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar member)Supreme Court of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuitas well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Dixon served more than 25 years as lead Counsel to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, a nationally recognized non-profit association of advertisers, ad agencies and publishers.Dixon also served as a Director of New York basedLord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds from 1976 2002. Additionally, Dixon represented, American Stock Exchange, Edward Hines Lumber Company, Ducks Unlimited, North American Wildlife Foundation, and William Blair & Company. Dixon's past civic and board service included President and Life Member of the Chicago Club, Life Trustee of the Chicago History Museum, Life Director of theOtho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute, Children's Memorial Hospital, and the Brookfield Zoo as well as Director/Trustee, of Market Square 2000 in Lake Forest, Illinois. Dixon also served as a Trustee and Attorney for the Latin School of Chicago and Lake Forest Country Day School. Mr. Dixon was a 1952 graduate of Yale University earning a degree in Political Science and received his J.D in 1955 from the University of Michigan. He also attended the Bell School in Lake Forest, IL, and The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. He served as a Military Police officer in the US Army stationed near Augusta, GA. Mr. Dixon was born to the late Katherine Strawn Dixon and Wesley Moon Dixon of Lake Forest, IL. Dixon's mother was the Secretary of the National Republican Committee from 1956 to 1958. His father was the President of the Stone Container Corporation of America, a maker of corrugated boxes in Chicago. His grandfather, Silas Hardy Strawn founded the Chicago based law firm Winston & Strawn. His late brother was Wesley M. Dixon, Jr. of Lake Forest. Dixon is survived by his wife, Ann Wilson Dixon; her son, Theodore Grozier; a brother, Thomas H. Dixon; and stepbrothers, Arthur and Delafield Kribben. The three children from Dixon's previous marriage to the late Romayne Warren Wilson are Stewart Strawn Dixon, Jr., John Wilson Dixon, and Romayne Warren Dixon Thompson. They and nine loving grandchildren reside in the Chicago area. An avid outdoorsman, some of Dixon's favorite activities include golf, gardening, skiing, fly-fishing, and hunting wild game birds. His family has always meant the world to Stew; and he has clearly instilled his love of living life to the fullest and enjoying a multitude of sports, activities and civil service, to each of his wonderful children and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 20th at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, 700 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045. Interment will be private at Lake Forest Cemetery. Info Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest, 847-234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com . In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to JourneyCare Foundation, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, Illinois 60010 and/or The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614.
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 16, 2014
Douglas, Marla - Silver Spring  
Douglas, Marla Beloved wife of the late Willard; loving mother of James N. Robinson (Sharon), and Carolyn Robinson-Tucker; grandmother of Treneikeia Riley and Brittnei Robinson; great- grandchildren, Jamal Riley, and Taylor Robinson-Broger; treasured sister of Glenn (Joyce), Tanine, R. Murdock and Caron Niba. Memorial services held Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m., Repast 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Victory Cathedral Faith Church, 10441 S. Racine, Chicago, IL 60643. Unity Funeral Parlors, Inc.
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 16, 2014
Doyle, John "Jack" - Oak Lawn  
Doyle, John "Jack" Loving husband of the late Mary Ellen Doyle (nee Halloran); beloved father of Maureen (James) Belknap and John Doyle; dear grandfather of Kelly and Michael Belknap; dearest son of the late Michael and Ann (nee Kelly) Doyle; fond brother of James, Robert (Jean) and Richard (Mary). Visitation Wednesday 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Thursday 10:00 a.m. from Lawn Funeral Home, 7909 State Road (5500 W), Burbank, IL 60459 to St. Albert the Great Church. Mass 10:30 a.m. Entombment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399. Funeral Info 708-636-2320.
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 16, 2014
Durkiewicz, Richard - Albuquerque  
Durkiewicz, Richard G. May 12, 1957 - December 14, 2014 It is with great sorrow we report the passing of Richard Durkiewicz. Richard was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a loving son to Bruno Durkiewicz, deceased, and Elaine Durkiewicz (nee Sheahan), deceased; loving father of Beau Durkiewicz, deceased, Erica Durkiewicz, and Nicholas Durkiewicz and proud grandfather of Sawyer Grace; brother of Linda McCollam (nee Durkiewicz) and Maureen Harr (nee Durkiewicz); fiance of Mary Kelly-Butler; uncle and great-uncle of many. Private services pending.
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 20, 2014
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