Kerr-Parzygnot Family of Funeral Homes

Providing quality funeral services in the South Suburban Chicago area since 1891

U.S. Veteran

Robert R. Ryley

Funeral Home: Monee Funeral Home - Monee, IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Saturday at church from 9:30Am until mass 11:00AM
Service Date: 04/13/2024
Place of Service: St. Boniface Catholic Church 5304 W Main Street, Monee, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Holy Cross Cemetery 801 Michigan City Road, Calumet City, Illinois (Map-it)


Robert R. Ryley age 89 of Monee, Illinois passed away on April 7, 2024.  Beloved husband to Grace (nee Miller).  Loving father to Robert E. (Laura) Ryley and the late Sharon Ryley.  Beautiful grandfather to Morgan, Madison and Wes Ryley. Preceded in death by his parents Harold and Amelia (nee Shlauter) Ryley.   Robert worked as a Chicago Park District Park Director, a Coach, and retired as a Teacher for the Chicago Catholic Schools.  Robert served proudly in the U.S. Army.

Visitation and Mass on Saturday, April 13th from   9:30A.M. until funeral mass at 11:00A.M. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Monee, Illinois for a 10:00 A.M. Private burial on Monday at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Illinois.   Info: 708-534-0016.  Arrangements entrusted to Monee Funeral Home, 5450 Wilson (at Governors Highway), Monee, Illinois.  Info:  (708) 534-0016.


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Sally A. Cieslak

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home - Chicago Heights, IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2024 AT OUR LADY OF THE HEIGHTS CHURCH FORMERLY ST. AGNES CHURCH from 9:00 A.M. until time of Mass 10:00 A.M.
Service Date: 04/13/2024
Place of Service: Our Lady of the Heights (St Agnes Church) Chicago Road, Chicago Heights, Il (Map-it)

Sally A. Cieslak age 77, lifetime resident of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on April 2, 2024.
Loving mother to Todd (Brent Eastabrooks) Cieslak and beloved grand dogs. Preceded in death by her
parents Stanley and Sophie (nee Sereda) Cieslak, sister Helen Teske and nephew Michael Teske.
Sally worked as a Hairdresser at Ace Hairstyling in Chicago Heights for over 25 years where so many of
her customers became good friends. Later in life she worked as a Librarian at Garfield Elementary School
where she enjoyed sharing her love of reading with curious young minds.
Sally enjoyed crocheting, needlepoint and other crafts. She loved cooking, especially during the
Christmas holidays when she made and taught others how to make and braid perogies.
She loved games including a competitive round of Yahtzee, was an avid bowler and had a long winning
streak at various local casinos.
Visitation and funeral mass on Saturday, April 13th from 9:00A.M. until time of mass at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of the Heights (St. Agnes Church), 1501 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights, Illinois. Interment Private. Arrangement entrusted to Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Info: (708) 754-0016.


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Theresa 'Terry' Townsend

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home - Chicago Heights, IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Tuesday, April 16th from 11AM until service at 1PM
Service Date: 04/16/2024
Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery 34th Street and Western, Steger, Illinois (Map-it)

It is with both joy and sadness that we announce the passing of Theresa “Terry” Darmofal Townsend, 93, of Galena, IL, who went peacefully to be with her Lord on April 1, 2024. A visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena, on Monday, April 15, 2024, from 10 AM to Noon, with mass beginning at Noon. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.  On April 16, 2024, a visitation will be held at the Kerr-Paryzgnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, IL 60411, from 11 AM to 1 PM with a funeral service to follow at their chapel. The burial will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Steger, IL. Her husband of 63 years, George Cameron Townsend, preceded her in death. Born in Toledo, OH to Vincent and Nellie (Kupiec) Darmofal, she and George made a home in Park Forest, IL for 58 years, where she was active in politics, St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, and community service. Even into their late eighties she and George delivered food weekly through the Meals on Wheels program. Because of their dedication to the community, she and George were recognized by the Village of Park Forest through a Proclamation of Gratitude and induction into the Village Hall of Fame. After raising her children, she served in the Rich Township Assessor office, Rich Township Republicans, and held many offices and roles with Kiwanis, including Lt Governor. She had more energy than many of her friends and family who were far younger. It was truly said that she never knew a stranger. Genuinely optimistic and welcoming, she moved through this world with cheerfulness, joy, and goodness. Her faith in Jesus Christ was extremely apparent through her deep love of people and her ability to find a common ground of peace. A child of “the depression” who persevered through many hardships, including the loss of her first grandchild, Jared Townsend, she never let bitterness get so much as a toehold in her life. Her love extended to her many pets, both dogs and cats, who all adored her with an uncanny devotion. Those who knew her would agree that she was a woman of many, many words, but all loving, encouraging, amusing, or affirming. In her presence, you felt welcomed and loved. Moving to Galena in 2018, she easily opened her heart to the wonderful community at Prairie Ridge. Even after losing her husband, she remained genuinely sunny and fully engaged for the rest of her life, making many deep and abiding friendships in the Prairie Ridge community. She leaves behind her children; Kathleen Townsend, Pamela (Dan) Tindell, Steven (Karen) Townsend, and Jeffrey (Natalie) Townsend, her grandchildren; Kaila (Joey) Long, Emily Mock, Benjamin (Carlie) Townsend, Jacob (Chithra)Townsend, Grace Tindell, Imree Townsend, Judah Townsend, Annalise Townsend, Norah Townsend, and Jubilee Townsend, and great-grandchildren; Elliot, Alice, and Maya Mock, Olivia, Owen, and Oliver Townsend, Clementine Long, Junia and Asha Townsend, her brothers and sister; Stella Gerl, Edward (Rosalie) Darmofal, Robert (Sue) Darmofal, Joseph (Fran) Darmofal, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings, Ray, Eleanore, and Leo.  Memorial gifts may be made to the Kiwanis Foundation of Galena or St Marys Catholic Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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U.S. Veteran

Marshall D. Smith

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home - Crete, IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Tuesday April 9th from 10Am until 12 Noon
Cemetery: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 W. Hoff Road Elwood, Illinois 60421, Elwood, Illinois (Map-it)


Marshall D. Smith age 33 of Sauk Village, Illinois passed away on April 1, 2024.  Loving son to William Smith and Mattie (John) Minerd.  Beloved father to Brady Odorizzi.  Beautiful brother to Mandy and Erica.  Fiancé to Gerri Atkinson.  Dear grandson to Addie Chapman.  Marshall worked for Federal Signal as a Fork Life Driver and served proudly in the U.S. Army.

Visitation Tuesday, April 9th from 10:00AM until 12 Noon at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Burial at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Info: (708) 672-7600.

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Sophie M. Szkola

Funeral Home: Steger Funeral Home - Steger, IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Friday, April 5th from 4pm to 7pm
Service Date: 04/06/2024
Place of Service: St. Liborius Catholic Church 71 W 35th Street, Steger, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Resurrection cemetery 7201 Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois (Map-it)

Sophie M. Szkola (nee Gral) age 73 of Steger, Illinois passed away suddenly by a heart attack on March 27, 2024.  Loving wife of nearly 45 years to Piotr; beloved mother to Paul (Christine) Szkola, Samantha (Dan) Cravens and Thomas Szkola. Beautiful sister to Chris (Donna) Gral and the late Barbara Monczynski.  Cherished aunt to the late Matthew (Renee) Monczynski, Nicole (Rick) Krueger, Nathan Monczynski, Sabina Szyller, and many other nieces and nephews in Poland. Great Aunt to Filip, Natalia, Ashley, Richie, Will, & Tyler. Recently found connection with Ann (John) Arch and their children Bryce & Emma. Considered a second mom by countless friends of Paul, Samantha, & Thomas.   Sophie was ahead of her time attending college for multiple certifications, working in computer technology at Prudential prior to her children, and then became one of the first female mail carriers for the Chicago Heights Post Office.  Sophie can easily be remembered for her kind and accepting soul, as well as her baking skills which she generously shared with all. For the past 10 years you could find her galavanting at Chicago Bears games, Blackhawks games, concerts, and many wrestling events with Thomas & his friends.  Preceded in death by her parents Jan and Jadwiga (nee Szumidlo) Gral.

Visitation Friday, April 5th from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.  at Steger Funeral Home 125 E. Steger Road (34th St.) in Steger, IL 60475. Followed by a funeral Mass 10:00 A.M. Saturday, at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Steger, IL. Interment:  Resurrection Cemetery, 7201 Archer, Justice, Illinois.   Info. 708-755-3400.




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Deborah Dinkins

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home - Chicago Heights, IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Wednesday April 3rd from 4pm to 7pm
Service Date: 04/04/0202
Cemetery: Oak Woods Cemetery 1035 E 67th, Chicago, IL (Map-it)


Deborah Dinkins (nee Davis) age 70 of Homewood, Illinois passed away on March 25, 2024.  Beloved wife of the late Kenneth (d. 2012).  Loving mother to Karen Michele Dinkins, Kendra Dinkins and Kristi (Tish) Mailloux.  Cherished sister to late Johnny (Mary) Walker, late Dallas (Ora) Walker and late Bridgette (late McKinnley) Holt.  Dear aunt to many nieces and nephews.  Beautiful grandmom to her puppies, Dunkin and Dobie.  Preceded in death by her mother Bonnie (nee Walker) Hawkins.

Visitation Wednesday, April 3, 2024 from 4PM until 7PM  at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Funeral visitation from 10:00 A.M. until time of service Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at the Funeral Home.  Following burial at Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 E 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois.     Info: (708) 754-0016.




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Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home

The original Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home opened in 1982 after merging with W.E. Kerr. Kerr had been a family owned funeral home since 1891. Kerr-Parzygnot continues that tradition of being family owned and operated. Our original location is at 540 Dixie Highway (Corner of Dixie Highway and Joe Orr Road) in Chicago Heights, Illinois. The owners and staff pride themselves in serving families with professionalism and compassion at each of their locations.


They stand ready to assist families through the difficulty of losing a loved one and accommodate families in all the arrangements. This location provides all facilities on one level with convenient handicap access. It includes 2 visitation chapels and a third chapel dedicated to small church services complete with items from the historic former St. Joseph Catholic Church of Chicago Heights. The visitation chapels include a 42” monitor to display your complimentary DVD read more...

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