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Charles F. Gambill
1/15/2019
Charles F. Gambill, of Batavia, Illinois, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2019, surrounded by his family.Charles, affectionately known as Chuck, was born October 7, 1931, in Oak Park, Ill., to Russell L. and Dorothy V. Gambill. He graduated from the Asheville School for Boys in 1950, and from Washington & Lee University in 1954. He served two years in the United State Army, receiving an honorable discharge in 1959. He began work at the Globe Company, founded by his grandfather, Charles Edward Gambill. In 1969, he would become a vice-president of the brokerage house Clark, Dodge & Co. In 1973, he founded Gambill Development Corporation, which he would head until his retirement in the early 90s. In addition to his working career, Chuck was active in Masonry, receiving the 33rd degree in 1985. Much of Chuck's activity in Masonry involved Illinois Masonic Medical Center. In 1984, he became Chairman of the Board, shepherding the hospital through its affiliation with Advocate Health Care in 2000. He helped to found and then served as Chair of the Illinois Masonic Family Foundation, a position he held until 2016. In 1961, Chuck wed Shirley Cormack of Columbus, Georgia. The couple settled in Hinsdale, Ill., where they resided until 2018. He is survived by Shirley; his children, Catherine (Robert) Wadington and Charles Jr.; three grandchildren, Turner Wadington, Madeline Wadington, and Caroline Wadington, and his twin sister, Gene Andersen, of River Forest, Ill. Memorials may be sent to the Illinois Masonic Family Foundation, 836 W. Wellington, Chicago, 60657 (773.296.5283).A memorial service with be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, 1:00 pm at the Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield St. in Hinsdale, Illinois. Info at 630-325-2300.
 
 
 

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 24, 2019

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Nedeljka M. Govic
1/14/2019

Nedeljka M. Govic, age 94, at rest January 14, 2019 . Beloved mother of Vesna (late Zvonimir) Govic.  Devoted grandmother of Allan Govic, Marina (Daniel) Orduj and Anthony (Jessica) Govic.  Cherished great-grandmother of Christina, Nikolina and Daminik Orduj.  Dear sister of Pete (late Joanne) Govic and Chris(Sandra) Govic. Visitation will be held on Saturday January 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass at 11:00 a.m. St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church 2823 S. Princeton, Chicago.  Entombment- Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum.  

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Peter R. DeLorenzo
1/13/2019

Peter R. DeLorenzo, age 58, formerly of Bayonne passed away suddenly on January 13, 2019 at his home in Oak Park, IL.  Peter was a graduate of Bayonne High School and School of Visual Arts.  He was predeceased by his father, Ralph A. DeLorenzo.  He is survived by his children, Jack and Chloe, his former spouse, Janet, his mother Angela (Silletti) DeLorenzo, his brother Mark DeLorenzo (Dee), his sister Pam Roszkowski (Steve), nephews Anthony DeLorenzo (Shaina), Christopher DeLorenzo (Jeanne), Michael Roszkowski, niece Kristen Roszkowski and great nephew Ryan DeLorenzo and many cousins, aunts and friends.  Memorial visitation will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 1:00pm until 5:00pm with a Memorial Service 4:30pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd.  2921 S. Harlem Avenue, Berwyn, Illinois 60402.  All Services will conclude at the Funeral Home.  A Memorial Service will also take place in Old Bridge, New Jersey at a later time.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Janet DeLorenzo, Custodian, UTMA. (For the benefit of the son and daughter, Jack and Chloe.)  For service information: 708-484-4111. 

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Esther M. Szot
1/12/2019

Esther M. Szot, at 95 years of age, passed away on January 12, 2019 peacefully and surrounded by her loved ones.  She was the beloved wife of her late husband of 54 years, Peter Paul Szot. Esther was preceded in death by her three sisters and brother-in laws:  Ruth (Thomas) Jachinski, Grace (Raymond) Urban and DeLores (Robert) Grossmann.

Esther is survived by her loving Daughter Marlynn (Fred) Filip; devoted Grandchildren Jaime Szot and David Harder; adored Great-Grandchildren Kayla Sessler and Tyler Sessler and cherished Great-Great-Grandson Izaiah Alexander. She will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, extended family and dear friends.

Esther was employed for 30 years by the Illinois Department of Public Aid as a personal Administrative Assistant to 7 consecutive Directors and for 17 years to the Keller Family Trust in LaGrange, Illinois.  She was a Girl Scout leader and a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for 14 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to New Hope Lutheran Church, LCMC, PO Box 15, Geneva, IL 60134 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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Billie Nelson
1/12/2019

Billie Nelson, age 92, at rest January 12, 2019. Loving mother of Susan (Danny) Legan and Leslie (Sam) Kelley. Devoted grandmother of Danielle (Stephen) Schikora and Philip Legan (fiancé Megan Duffy). Great-grandmother of Raegan and Brenden Schikora. Dear sister of the late Betty (Wendell) Ulrich. Billie is also survived by cherished nieces and nephews. Memorial service Saturday January 19th, 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of LaGrange 20 N. Ashland Ave; LaGrange, IL 60525. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the church would be appreciated (www.fbclagrange.com). Arrangements by Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. –Willowbrook, 630-325-2300

 

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Harriet Ruth Kaplan
1/12/2019

Harriet Ruth Kaplan (nee: Nelson), age 97, at rest January 12, 2019.  Beloved wife of the late Howard C. Kaplan for 69 years.  Loving mother of Howard C. (Anne) Kaplan, Jr., Robert (Bobbie) Kaplan, the late Charlene Farley and Judith McCann.  Dear sister of the late George (Mame) Nelson and Mildred (George) Wolf.  Devoted grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of 26.  Fond aunt to many nieces and nephews.  Harriet was a longtime member of Ruth Lake Country Club.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday January 16th from 4pm until 8pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL.  Funeral Service Thursday January 17th, 10:30a.m. At the funeral home.  Entombment Clarendon Hills Cemetery.  For funeral info 630-325-2300 or www.adolfservices.com

 

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Rosa V. Lopez
1/12/2019

Rosa V. Lopez, at rest January 12, 2019. 

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Anthony "Tony" Savaiano
1/7/2019
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Carmella M. Scamardi
1/5/2019

Carmela M. Scamardi, 98 years of age, at rest January 5, 2019.  Beloved wife of the late Stephen. Loving mother of Stephen (Linda), Cynthia (William) Higgins, Pamela (David) Jennings and Tina Marie Scamardi.  Grandmother of Joshua (Heather) Cartwright, Laura (Paul) Rashid, Allison Cartwright, Brion Garside, Tara Garside, Hannah (Ryan) McMunn and Madeline Jennings.  Great-grandmother of Harrison, Claire and Paul Jr. Memorial visitation is Friday, January 18, 2019 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook.  Memorial Mass is Saturday, January 19th, 10:00 am at St. Isaac Jogues Church.  Friends are asked to go directly to the church on Saturday.  Inurnment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.  Info at 630-325-2300.

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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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