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Blanche Duquette
1/3/2019

 

On Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the age of 98, surrounded by her loving family, Blanche Mary ("Bee") Duquette (nee Blaskovich) of Western Springs was called home to heaven.  A devoted wife, mother of fourteen, grandmother and great-grandmother, lifelong faithful Catholic, and gentle and gracious woman, she will be deeply missed by all who knew her. 

 First and foremost in Bee's life were her love of and devotion to God and her family.   All her life Bee found happiness, hope, and strength in her attendance at daily Mass and in her daily prayers.   Bee had unconditional love for her husband, all her children and their spouses, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and they, in return, for her.  

Bee was born in Chicago on September 22, 1920, to Mary and Ben Blaskovich.   When she was 5 her family moved to Hinsdale, where she attended school and met her lifelong best friends Emily (Fleck) Sobotka and Ilse (Glieve) Mullinix.   Bee graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1938, particularly excelling in typing and shorthand, which led to a job in Chicago that she loved.  

At a fateful picnic in Fullersburg Forest Preserve in 1943, she met Francis H. ("Duke") Duquette, a handsome young sailor stationed at Navy Pier.   They maintained a relationship by letter as Duke served in World War II, and while on leave Duke proposed.   They wed during his next leave, on July 15, 1944, at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale.   The happy couple began their married life together on the naval base in Corpus Christi, Texas, and then lived for a brief time in Massachusetts before settling down to raise their family in Hinsdale. 

 During their time in Texas, Bee and Duke became fast friends with the priest at the church across the street from their apartment, Monsignor Kasper.   He blessed them, wished them a happy life together, and prayed for them to have one child for each of the Stations of the Cross.   His prayer was granted, as their 14 children can attest!   

Bee and Duke spent nearly 40 happy years raising their growing family on Justina Street in Hinsdale; all but one of their children were born at Hinsdale Hospital.   The family enjoyed special neighbors who were also best friends, and Bee and Duke's home was always open to everyone.  Bee cherished all her children and taught them to love God and neighbor; her children are grateful for this, as well as for the family traditions Bee and Duke raised them with, including the treasured family recipes of hoska and eclairs.  For many years the family belonged to St. Isaac Jogues parish in Hinsdale.    Later, Bee and Duke were among the founding members of  St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs. 

 Bee was a stay-at-home mother, but when she felt her youngest children were old enough for her to go back to work she accepted a job at Dryden Press, a textbook publishing branch of CBS.   Loved and respected by her co-workers, in 1975 she was named one of the CBS Employees of the Year! 

 After Bee's retirement in 1984, Bee and Duke moved to Sequim, Washington, where they made many wonderful friends.   During their years in Sequim, Bee and Duke enjoyed church activities, gardening, and traveling to visit family and friends all over the United States and Canada, as well as an occasional trip to play the slots in Reno and Las Vegas.   Bee was always up for any new adventure; she walked on a glacier in Alaska and joined hula dancers on stage in Hawaii.   Bee also made many good friends at her beloved Bingo games.  

While in Washington, Duke suffered a debilitating stroke, and Bee lovingly and patiently cared for him in their home during his final years.  After he passed away in 1996, with the love and support of her family and friends and her faith in God, Bee persevered and continued to live a happy and peaceful life in Sequim.   She continued to enjoy traveling, visiting family and friends, and taking a number of cruises.   On one of her last trips to Las Vegas, she was thrilled to take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and join in a celebratory picnic and champagne toast on the floor of the canyon. 

 Bee especially treasured her annual trips to YMCA Camp Nawakwa, a family tradition begun in the 1960's when her children were young.  Bee loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the midst of the natural beauty and serenity of the north woods of Wisconsin at the camp, and often said it was her favorite place in all the world.  Bee loved fishing and while at Nawakwa, at the age of 88, she caught her first 38" long musky, gaining her a spotlight in Musky Hunter magazine! 

 In 2014, Bee moved back to Illinois, where many of her children live, allowing them to be closer and enjoy her company in her golden years.   There she was lovingly tended by her children and grandchildren as her health began to fail.   She continued to enjoy reading, outings, Bingo, travel, and playing card games, especially the long-time family favorite, Tripoley.  To the end, even as her energy began to wane, Bee always enjoyed being in the thick of things, and all her family and friends have treasured memories of their time with her.  

Bee was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Duke, her brother Tony Blaskovich (the late Frances), her brother-in-law Wilfred Duquette (the late Peg), her sister-in-law Irene Messier, her sons-in-law Bill Luense and Curtis Lohler, and her granddaughter Abby Rose Duquette.    She leaves behind her sister, Mary Blaskovich, and fourteen children:  Richard Duquette (Wanda); Mary Jo Hodges (Milford); Ann Schaller (Ron); Maggie Simpson (John); John Duquette (Collette); Sue Lohler (Patrick Foley); Kathy Gazdacka (Joe); Mark Duquette (Mary); Peter Duquette (Lori); Michael Duquette (Julie); Daniel Duquette (Wendy); Christopher Duquette; Patrick Duquette (Peg); and Daria Skrzypczynski (David).   She also leaves 33 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, her brother-in-law Francis Messier, and nephews Richard Blaskovich (Connie), Terry Blaskovich (Steve Spellman), and many Duquette nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be held from 3-9 p.m. on Friday, January 11, at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook.  Family and friends will meet for a mass of Christian Burial at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, at St. John of the Cross Church, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Word On Fire Ministries (www.wordonfire.org) or YMCA Camp Nawakwa (www.nawakwa.com).

 
 
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Mary Ellen Magrini
1/2/2019

Mary Ellen Ryan Magrini a long time Oak Brook resident, passed away peacefully at her home on Jan. 2nd, 2019.  She is survived by her husband of 59 Years Leo Magrini. Beloved mother of the late Leo R. Magrini, Ellen Magrini And Maria (Jeffrey) Mohl. Adored grandmother of Leo, Charlie, Kevin, Melissa, Emmett And Thomas. Dear sister of James(Donna) Ryan and loving aunt of many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents James J Ryan And Irene Nolan Ryan.

She graduated from Marywood Highschool in Evanston and then continued her education at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee Wi.  She became an Occupational Therapist at The Alexander Gram Bell School teaching the blind. She was born November 26, 1932.

Mary Ellen spent her summers in Long Beach Indiana which she referred to as Little Piece of Heaven.  This is where she met the love of her life and married in 1959. Mary Ellen lived a very active and busy life, skiing, golfing, tennis, bridge, marjan and was very involved in many clubs and organizations with an abundance of friends. She was known for her bright smile infectious laughter, adventurous spirit and for the joy she brought to all those she interacted with.  Though she is gone, her legacy will live on in the many lives she has touched. Visitation Monday January 7, 5:00p.m. ~ 8:30p.m. Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL 60527. Family and friends will meet Tuesday, January 8th, for a 10:00 am funeral mass at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 4th and Clay Streets Hinsdale. Interment at Bronswood Cemetery.

 
 

       

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Sally A. Montantes
1/1/2019

Sally A. Montantes, age 71, at rest January 1, 2019.  Loving wife of the late Steven Montantes.  Sally is preceded in death by one brother. 

 

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Jose A. Castillo
1/1/2019

Jose Castillo born May 2, 1936 at rest January 1, 2019.  A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday January 9, 2019 from 2:30p.m. until 6:00p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook.  All Services will conclude at the funeral home.   

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Karley Polivka
12/31/2018

January 9, 1996 ~ December 31, 2018

Visitation will be held on Sunday January 6, 2019 from 2:00pm until 8:00pm.  Adolf Funeral Home 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL.  Funeral Service Monday January 7, 2019 11:00a.m. Adolf Funeral Home.  Interment-Resurrection Cemetery.  For funeral  info 630-325-2300.
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Issam Ndanat
12/31/2018
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Nasser "Nick" M. Abufakuseh
12/29/2018

Nasser "Nick" M. Abufakuseh, at rest December 29, 2018. 

Nick a devoted father to Sherri the twins Gina and Sabrina and his son-in-law Chris, a loving husband to Florence grandfather of eight grandkids and a fond Uncle of many nieces and nephews.  Nick was a happy person always had a big smile on his face. A giving person, thought of others.  He helped so many people in so many ways.  Nick enjoyed making shirts and selling them he loves flowers he was a florist his own little business he had his own little garden which he was very proud of, very impressive!  He sold flowers for such a long long time with a big smile making others smile.  Never had a bad thing to say always found good in others.  Nick loves sports and love that Chicago teams Da bears Da bulls Da Blackhawks etc. He worked at the airport express he really loved that, talked about it all the time Nick knew his way around Chicago and everywhere the airport was no problem if you needed help to get somewhere he could tell you all the shortcuts.  His passion is Florence always calling her honey baby and telling her how much he loved her, didn't care who was around.  He adored his daughters, enjoyed having the grandkids around, all with a big big smile....... He will be remembered and never forgotten and in our hearts forever. 

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Francisco "Pancho" Trejo
12/27/2018

Francisco "Pancho" Trejo, age 77, at rest December 27, 2018. 

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Harold H. Harmet
12/27/2018

HARMET, Harold “Hal” H., of Hinsdale, Ill., passed away at home on December 27, 2018. Hal was born on July 3, 1929 in Chicago to Alfred Harmet and Evelyn R. Harmet, and was raised with his brothers Kenneth and Richard in Oak Park, Ill., where he attended Oak Park River Forest High School.

Hal graduated from Indiana University in 1951, where he played football and earned letters as a high jumper in track and field his junior and senior years. He then attended Harvard Business School and earned a Master of Business Administration in 1953.

Following graduation from Business School, Hal was selected for Officer Candidate School at Naval Station Newport, R.I., where he was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. He gained the rank of Lieutenant during service in Naples, Italy.

After his service, Hal returned to Chicago and married Jean Anderson Somers in 1956. Together, they settled in Hinsdale and raised three children: Sally (Robert) Powers, David (Lisa) Harmet, and Jeffrey (Anne) Harmet. Hal was widowed in 1987, and married Phyllis G. McCoy in 1990.

Hal had a long and successful career in the financial services industry as a Certified Financial Analyst with several Chicago firms, and later as a money manager for individual discretionary accounts at William Blair & Co.  He remained interested and engaged in the stock market throughout his life.

An excellent athlete, Hal was a very competitive tennis player and swam daily until late in life. He enjoyed golf and was a member of the Hinsdale Golf Club and for many years kept a second home in Savannah, Ga.

In addition to his wife and children, Hal is survived by his brother Richard (Joan) Harmet, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as the McCoy family and many friends.

[Memorial service will be private]

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George Offord
12/26/2018

 George Thomas Offord, 90, of Hinsdale, died Dec. 26, 2018.
   He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean (the late David) Gordon.
   He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carole, nee Fabacher; his children, George Offord (Denise Clements), James (Teresita) Offord, Joseph (Deirdre) Offord, Mary (Nick) Gibb, Susan (George) Weber and Lucille Offord; his seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
   Inurnment will be private at the Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, La.
   Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook handled the arrangements.

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