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U.S. Veteran

Harold G. Johnson

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

Visitation: Memorial gathering June 4th from 4pm until service 6pm
Service Date: 06/04/2024

Harold G. Johnson age 99 (6 months short of a 100), resident of the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Manteno, Illinois, previously a resident of Park Forest, Illinois, passed away on May 21, 2024.  Loving husband to the Late Rita (d. 2002); beloved father to Leslie Parker and friend and father-in-law to Jeffrey Parker.  Harold proudly served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of WW II.

Memorial visitation on Wednesday, June 4th, 2024 from 4 P.M. until time of service at 6 P.M.  at Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Info: 708-672-7600.



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Lewis 'Sammy' Collins, Jr.

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

Visitation: Wednesday May 22 from Noon until service at 2PM
Service Date: 05/22/2024
Cemetery: Skyline Memorial Park 248 S Governors Highway, Monee, Illinois (Map-it)

Lewis ‘Sammy’ Collins Jr. Age 71 of Steger, Illinois passed away on May 17th, 2024.  Loving husband to Suzanne (nee Easley) married for 45 years.  Beloved father to Samantha (Anthony) Carter.  Beautiful grandfather to Emmalyn Carter and the late Adalyn Carter.  Dear son to Betty Jean (nee Dyer) and the late Lewis Collins, Sr. 

 Visitation and service on Wednesday, May 22 from 12 Noon until time of service at 2:00PM at Monee Funeral Home 5450 Wilson St. (at Governors Hwy.), Monee, IL 60449. Interment:  Skyline Memorial Park, Monee, Illinois.  Info. (708) 534-0016. 






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Helen Barrett

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

Visitation: Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Crete Funeral Home
Service Date: 05/24/2024
Place of Service: St. Boniface Catholic Church 5304 W Main Street, Monee, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery 6001 West 111th street, Alsip, Illinois (Map-it)


Helen M. Barrett age 87 of Monee (formerly of Roseland Chicago), passed away peacefully on May 15, 2024.  Devoted wife of the late Lawrence E. Barrett Jr., survived by loving children Michaele Hanrahan (Nee Barrett) (Jose Pineda) and Lawrence E Barrett III.  Cherished grandchildren Patrick M. (Meghan) Hanrahan and Kevin J. (Jessica) Hanrahan. Kind aunt of many Nieces, Nephews and friends.  Preceded in death by parents the late Edward Clifford and the late Helen R. Clifford (Nee Fleming).  Sister of the late Catherine (Richard) Jaterka (Nee Clifford) and Edward (Barbara) Clifford.


After working in many positions at International Harvester downtown Helen relocated to the Southern Suburbs to care for her family, advocate for those underserved including handicapped services and education, enjoyed role as elected township official, working in soup kitchens, food banks and her church St. Boniface and St. Mary’s.  Helen will be missed by many. In Lieu of flowers please consider planting a tree, hanging a bird house or donations to the charity of your choice.

Visitation Thursday, May 23, 2024, from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.  at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois.  Funeral mass Friday 10:00 A.M. at St. Boniface Catholic Church Monee, Illinois.  Interment Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery. Alsip, Illinois. Info: (708) 672-7600.

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Harry E. Erickson

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

Visitation: At church Friday May 17 from 10AM until service 11AM
Service Date: 05/17/2024
Place of Service: Trinity Lutheran Church 1393 Elizabeth Street, Crete, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Route 1 (Main Street), Crete, Illinois (Map-it)


Harry Edward Erickson, 88, of Hinsdale, formerly of Crete, died May 9,2024.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was known for his love of Jesus Christ and his family. His children and his grandchildren were his treasures. He loved playing games, riding bikes, or reading to them. He dedicated his time to writing an email sermon every week without fail for almost eight years, to encourage his family to keep their faith in God. His legacy is a published book of these sermons called Turning Right with GPS, God’s Perfect Solution. He was instrumental in developing and implementing spiritual growth plans for his church, Trinity Lutheran, where he was a member for over 65 years.  He adored his wife Marlene and enjoyed their life together.

His favorite pass time was golf, but he also enjoyed bowling and swimming. He enjoyed traveling to many countries in Europe, and many states in the US, and loved Hawaii. He was an avid reader, whose favorite book was the Bible. He also enjoyed reading Joel Rosenberg and mystery novels. He was a skilled handyman and was a hard worker all his life.

He graduated from Bloom High school in 1953, and attended Milliken University where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He worked for General Electric, Hobart, and was a private accountant on the weekends. He later worked as a marketing manager for Middleby Toastmaster and took classes at Northwestern University at night. In his later years, he was a consultant, who modernized police equipment for Federal Signal.

Harry was married to his wife Marlene (nee Peterson) for 65 years, who passed away in May of 2022. He was a loving father to Cathy (Bill) Merchantz, and Richard Erickson, and his grandchildren Christopher and Victoria Merchantz, Ben and John Erickson. He is also survived by his brother Donald (Kathleen) Erickson and his sister Sandra Michaels and her son Jason.

Visitation is from 10 to 11 am Friday, May 17th, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1393 Elizabeth Street, Crete, followed by a funeral service at 11 am.  A luncheon will follow. Internment is at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery on Dixie Highway in Crete.  Arrangements entrusted to Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois.  Info:  708-672-7600

Memorial donations can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Darlene M McGroarty

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

Visitation: Memorial Gathering Tuesday May 21 from 4pm to 7pm


Darlene M. McGroarty (nee Daly) age 65 of Monee, Illinois passed away on May 2, 2024.  Loving wife to Thomas of 18 years of marriage.  Beloved mother to Jennifer (Mark) Wilmoth, Jillian (Courtnie Griest) Fasano and Richard (Kathy) Fasano.  Cherished grandmother to Brianna, Jacksen, Jillian, Tanner and Lucy.  Dear sister to Denise and the late Duane.  Fond aunt to many.  

Memorial gathering on Tuesday, May 21st from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Monee Funeral Home 5450 Wilson St. (at Governors Hwy.), Monee, IL. 60449.  Info: (708) 534-0016. 


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Ernest L. Kinney

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

Visitation: Memorial on Sunday May 19th from 2pm until service 5pm
Service Date: 05/19/2024


Earnest Kinney age 69, current resident of South Chicago Heights, Illinois, passed away on May 5, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of 45 years to Rose. Loving Dad of Jayson and Proud Grandpa of Addison.  Mike enjoyed the Cubs, Bears, and Racing. Rest in peace Papa Pepperoni.

Memorial visitation on Sunday, May 19, 2024 from 2 P.M. until time of service at 5 P.M.  at Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Info: 708-672-7600.

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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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