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Ronald C. Wuczynski
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 9:25 am

Ronald C. Wuczynski, age 76, of Des Plaines, passed away February 8, 2016. 

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Ruth L. Hughes
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 9:26 am

Ruth L. Hughes, beloved wife of the Rev. J. Daniel Hughes, went to her heavenly home on February 8, 2016 after a long illness.

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Prager Brought Joy To Fitness Classes At ‘Y’
Posted: February 05, 2016 - 10:30 am

Things have been a little quieter in the halls of the Lattof YMCA since it lost one of its most popular volunteer fitness instructors, Buffalo Grove resident Marvin “Marty” Prager, on Jan. 15.

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Obituaries - February 3-8, 2016
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 9:28 am

The following obituaries appear in February 3-8, 2016 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Jerome 'Jerry' Skaja Passes Away; Funeral Mass Saturday
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 5:03 pm

A Funeral Mass for former Niles Village Trustee Jerome “Jerry” Thomas Skaja, 72, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church, 8307 Harlem Ave., Niles.

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Obituaries - January 27-February 1, 2016
Posted: January 29, 2016 - 10:20 am

The following obituaries appear in January 27-February 1, 2016 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Our Lady Of Hope Pastor Emeritus Passes Away At 78
Updated: January 27, 2016 - 4:36 pm

Fr. William D. Mannion, pastor emeritus of Our Lady of Hope Parish that serves Rosemont, Des Plaines and Park Ridge residents, died on Jan. 20 following a long battle with cancer.

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Obituaries - January 20-25, 2016
Posted: January 22, 2016 - 2:00 pm

The following obituaries appear in January 20-25, 2016 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Obituaries - January 13-18, 2016
Posted: January 13, 2016 - 4:30 pm

The following obituaries appear in January 13-18, 2016 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Diane Charlote Gruhle Strassburger
Posted: January 13, 2016 - 4:32 pm

Diane Charlote Gruhle Strassburger passed away January 1, 2016. She suffered from congenital heart failure. She was born January 29, 1929. Her parents were Arthur and Melitta Gruhle of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Diane graduated from North High School in 1946. She attended Interlocken Music Session, Michigan, for two years. Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y., was completed with a Bachelor of Music in 1950. She moved to New York City and maintained singing lessons with Miss Else Letting. A professional contract with Willard Matthews Agency was as the mother’s role in a completed tour of Humperdick’s opera “Hansel & Gretel.” Her marriage took place on September 23, 1950, with groom Willard Strassburger of Kohler, Wisconsin. An extended residence in the U.S. Army location, Pattonvile Village, Germany, which involved civil employment by the husband.

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Florist Harney Brought Joy To The Masses
Updated: January 12, 2016 - 6:40 pm

James Donald Harney, arguably the most famous florist in the Chicago area, died in his Des Plaines home on Dec. 27 at the age of 77.

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Obituaries - January 6-11, 2016
Posted: January 06, 2016 - 2:43 pm

The following obituaries appear in January 6-11, 2016 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Obituaries - December 30, 2015-January 4, 2016
Posted: December 31, 2015 - 10:56 am

The following obituaries appear in December 30, 2015-January 4, 2016 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Barbara Loye Terry
Posted: December 23, 2015 - 3:21 pm

Barbara Loye Terry, age 84, entered eternal life on Friday, December 18th,
 2015, surrounded by family.

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Lifelong Des Plainesite Bob Spiegler Dies At 87
Updated: December 18, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Robert “Bob” Spiegler, 87, a member of the family who founded, owned and operated Spiegler’s Department Store in downtown Des Plaines for many decades, died on Wednesday, Dec. 16 surrounded by his family.

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Obituaries - December 16-21, 2015
Posted: December 16, 2015 - 5:00 pm

The following obituaries appear in December 16-21, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Obituaries - December 9-14, 2015
Posted: December 11, 2015 - 4:25 pm

The following obituaries appear in December 9-14, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Terrence Clark Sutton
Posted: December 10, 2015 - 4:14 pm

Terrence Clark Sutton of Des Plaines, IL, age 49, passed away December 6, 2015 at Rainbow Hospice Ark following a long illness. He was predeceased by his parents Homer Mitten and Marguerite Belle (Mann) Sutton, Jr. of Riverdale, IL. Survivors include his wife Moira, daughters Cassandra and Tabitha, brothers Ernest (Janet) and Keith (Polly), nephews Kelly and Kerry, and special friend Kathleen Barnes.

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Lois Marie Paul
Posted: December 10, 2015 - 4:12 pm

Lois Marie Paul, 93, of Valparaiso, IN, formerly of Des Plaines, IL, passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2015. She was born October 5, 1922 in Chicago, IL, to Charles W. & Theresa (Wendorf) Wegner and graduated from Austin High School in Chicago. Lois was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Des Plaines where she lovingly applied her talents as a seamstress to create over 1,500 quilts in a 30-year span for the benefit of Lutheran World Relief. Her loving spirit will be dearly missed.

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Wsol, Sr., Dies At 89
Posted: December 09, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Frank Wsol Sr., 89, a past head of Teamsters Local 710, died Sunday, Dec. 6. He was the father of former Park Ridge 7th Ward Ald. Frank Wsol, Jr.

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James Avery Beck
Posted: December 09, 2015 - 4:30 am

In Loving Memory of our Uncle Jim, son of the late James and Marie Beck, brother of the late Linda Ratkovich (husband, George) nieces and nephews include George, Mark and Jennifer. Great nieces and Nephews: Cody, Alex, Shane, Clint and Morgan. James was always known for his love of travel, skiing and biking. He will be sincerely missed by his family. May he rest in peace. A chaplain service will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. James Manor Chapel, 1251 E. Richton Rd. Crete, IL 60417, followed by a luncheon at Scrementi's Restaurant, 3760 Chicago Rd., Steger IL 60475. Friends and family are invited.

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Florence Sokalski
Posted: December 09, 2015 - 4:30 am

Florence Sokalski nee Orlowski. Beloved wife of the late Martin J. Sokalski. Loving mother of Christine (Thomas) Barr. Cherished grandmother of Andrew, Douglas and Katherine. Devoted sister of Alice (Chester) Kilian and Richard Orlowski. Preceded in death by her parents Anna nee Broza and Maximilian Peter Orlowski and a sister Helen Suwinski. She was a dear aunt, great aunt, cousin and friend. Visitation was Sunday 3:00 – 8:00 PM at Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 W. Central Rd., at Northwest Hwy., Mt. Prospect. Visitation continued on Monday, December 7, 2015 from 9:00 AM until Mass 10:00 AM at St. Cecilia Church, Golf Rd., (Rt. 58) at Meier Rd., Mt. Prospect. Interment Maryhill Cemetery. Funeral info 847-255-7800 or www.friedrichsfh.com

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Obituaries - December 2-7, 2015
Posted: December 04, 2015 - 3:43 pm

The following obituaries appear in December 2-7, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Lena L. Taylor
Posted: November 27, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Tezak’s Home to Celebrate Life®

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Obituaries - November 25-30, 2015
Updated: November 27, 2015 - 12:29 pm

The following obituaries appear in November 25-30, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Obituaries - November 18-23, 2015
Posted: November 19, 2015 - 2:34 pm

The following obituaries appear in November 18-23, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Obituaries - November 11-16, 2015
Posted: November 13, 2015 - 12:01 pm

The following obituaries appear in November 11-16, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Longtime DP 911 Dispatcher Fluegge Passes Away
Posted: October 30, 2015 - 6:30 pm

Betty Fluegge was a longtime Des Plaines resident with a heart of gold. Not only will her family tell you that, but also the police officers who knew her when she worked the midnight shift as a 911 dispatcher.

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Obituaries - October 28-November 2, 2015
Posted: October 30, 2015 - 4:04 pm

The following obituaries appear in October 28-November 2, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Betty Fluegge
Posted: October 28, 2015 - 5:59 pm

Betty Fluegge (nee Corts) age 90, of Des Plaines since 1945 passed away on October 22, 2015.

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Obituaries - October 21-26, 2015
Posted: October 21, 2015 - 3:26 pm

The following obituaries appear in October 21-26, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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From Teachers To True Love
Posted: October 14, 2015 - 6:30 pm

Longtime Des Plaines educator John Stine passed away in North Carolina on Sept. 17, and former students remember his years at the old Maple School.

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Catherine T. Young
Posted: October 14, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Catherine T. Young, age 88, of Des Plaines for 54 years, was born July 8, 1927 in Chicago, Ill. She passed away at home in Des Plaines, Ill., October 8, 2015.

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Lorraine Angell
Updated: October 08, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Lorraine Angell, 93, of South Beloit, Illinois, formerly of Des Plaines, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 after a long illness.

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Obituaries - September 30-October 5, 2015
Posted: October 02, 2015 - 3:47 pm

The following obituaries were published first in Sept. 30-Oct. 5 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Spiegler Starred In DP
Posted: September 30, 2015 - 2:40 pm

The Spiegler name is well known in Des Plaines since the family opened its popular downtown department store on Ellinwood Street in 1901.

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Saviano Remembered As Loving Wife, Mother, Successful In Business
Updated: September 25, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Longtime Mount Prospect resident Barbara Saviano, who became successful in a male dominated workforce, died Monday, Sept. 21 after at the age of 60 following a long battle with lung cancer.

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Obituaries - September 16-21, 2015
Posted: September 18, 2015 - 4:46 pm

The following obituaries appear in September 16-21, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Publisher Cook Dies; Maine East Distinguished Alum
Posted: September 09, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Stanton R. Cook, 90, former publisher of the Chicago Tribune and former chairman of the board for the Chicago Cubs baseball team, died Sept. 3.

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Friends In Glenview Remember Harry Volkman
Updated: December 23, 2015 - 3:41 pm

Harry Volkman, veteran Chicago meteorologist and former Glenview resident, died at the age of 89 of a respiratory illness.

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Marcia Smith Claus
Posted: August 19, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Marcia Smith Claus of Kingwood, Texas, died July 15, 2015, at Houston Hospice, Houston, Texas. A “Celebration of Life” Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 22 at the First Congregational Church of Des Plaines (766 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines). A reception will precede the service at G.L. Hills Funeral Home (745 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines) at 9:30 a.m. until the service begins at 11 a.m.

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Obituaries - August 19-24, 2015
Posted: August 19, 2015 - 2:58 pm

The following obituaries appear in August 19-24, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Park Ridge Niles School Dist. 64 Beginning Another Year
Posted: August 14, 2015 - 10:30 am

The new school year for Park Ridge-Niles School Dist. 64 opens Tuesday, Aug. 18, with an anticipated enrollment of 4,400 students.

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Expect OK For Rosemont's Balmoral Plan
Updated: August 12, 2015 - 3:58 pm

Plans for Rosemont’s next big redevelopment that will include a 125 to 150-room hotel, an Italian restaurant, and possibly additional eateries, retail shops and an office building, are about to be unveiled.

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Edward McCabe Dies, A 'Champion Of Park Ridge'
Updated: August 12, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Edward McCabe, 89, a long-time community leader and advocate for the arts in Park Ridge, died Saturday, Aug. 8.

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Obituaries - August 5-10, 2015
Posted: August 06, 2015 - 3:37 pm

The following obituaries appear in August 5-10, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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Snack Shop Owner Served Up Happiness
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 1:46 pm

A familiar face to local diners, Theodore “Ted” Darmos passed away suddenly on May 16 at age 72. Yet, his memory lives on at L&L Snack Shop, the Des Plaines eatery that he made into an institution.

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Mervyl W. Wolski
Posted: July 30, 2015 - 7:19 pm

Mervyl W. Wolski, age 95, of Des Plaines, passed away July 26, 2015.

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Rocco ‘From Park Ridge’ Dies At 79
Posted: July 23, 2015 - 12:00 am

Actor Alex Rocco, who died July 18 at age 79, may never have visited Park Ridge, but one of his early characters did. He’s part of one of the city’s trivia questions.

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Obituaries - July 22-27, 2015
Posted: July 22, 2015 - 4:46 pm

The following obituaries appear in July 22-27, 2015 editions of the Journal & Topics Newspapers.

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