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Richard 'Dick' Whitman


Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home - Chicago Heights, IL (Map-it)
Place of Service: St. Kieran Catholic Church 724 W 195th Street, Chicago Heights, IL (Map-it)
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Richard (Dick) G. Whitman, longtime resident of Glenwood, Illinois, left this world on Monday, October 18, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife of 60+ years, Joan, son Richard F. Whitman, daughters Catherine (Chip) Ingham, Karen Harres, Laura (Doug) O’Rourke, Julie Whitman (Ray Stuart), Cindy (Jack) Harris, grandchildren Joe, Rachel, Sarah, Samantha, William, Cecilia, Maya, and Alex, great-grandchildren Theo, Dean, and Adalind Jo, sister Joan Ludford, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Nola Whitman and sister Phyllis Lawbaugh.

Dick swept Joan off her feet when they lived across the street from each other in their teen years. They married in 1961 and moved together to Ft. Hood, Texas, and then on to Augsburg (U.S. Army base), Germany, where Cathy and Rick were born. While he would have loved a long military career, family was more important, and Dick agreed to move back to civilian life in the Hammond, Indiana, area after his service ended in 1963. He worked a blue-collar factory job to provide food and shelter for the growing family, and he provided much more in the way of being a living example of love within the family and community. Dick and Joan enjoyed their couples bowling league andhe coached little league baseball and softball for many years. Many of Glenwood’s former kids remember how he was such a fair coach, never becoming angry or upset, and letting every kid play, no matter their abilities.

The love of baseball was in him from an early age as he was a life-long Chicago Cubs fan and took the kids to at least one game at Wrigley Field every summer. His mom would some times go to the games too, picnic basket with bologna sandwiches in tow. When the Cubs won the world series in 2016 he was overcome with pure joy!

The kids’ friends loved hanging around the Whitman household as “Pops” was always welcoming and quick with a joke, or to ask how they and their families were doing, or how their dog was doing. Pops loved dogs and there was always a dog (generally a rescue) in the house, sometimes two. Those dogs went along on family camping trips and some times were the source of much ruckus…like the time Pops accidentally rolled up the far back window of the station wagon on poor Laddie’s neck! Laddie lived to run another day and fight through the tent wall with invading racoons!

As the kids grew up and went off to college, married, and had their own families and careers, Pops was always there to support the kids and grandkids – even taking road trips with Mom to visit them in far flung places like Texas and Georgia and Central Indiana. They also loved going to local festivals and fairs, where Pops would always be in line for hot dogs, corn on the “knob,” apple pies and other goodies.

Pops always made sure he had special gifts or flowers for Mom on their anniversary, birthdays and Christmas. She would always say the kids and all of our presence were gifts enough for her. He also loved to support the grandkids in their school endeavors and activities, including attending their games, buying untold boxes of Girl Scout cookies, popcorn, candy bars or whatever they were selling to support their activities.

Dick was a proud and active member of the AMVETS local chapter (post 268) in Glenwood and was always around for events ranging from flag raising and retiring to fund raising to picnics and social events. Mom said he never met a stranger, and that is the way he will be remembered. He was always warm and welcoming, a great conversationalist and loved by many. He will be dearly missed.

Donations in his honor may be made to your local Humane Society or to Amvets.

A mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, at St. Kieran Catholic Church in Chicago Heights. Viewing will begin at the church at 9:00 a.m., and interment at Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood will immediately follow the mass.

Arrangement entrusted to Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, Illinois  (708) 754-0016

 

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Paulette A. Redemske


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

Paulette A. Redemske (nee Jankuski) age 72 of Crete, Illinois passed away on October 6, 2021.  Loving mother to Joseph (Jocelyn) Redemske, Eric Redemske and Nicole (Tim) Cosino.  Beautiful grandmother to Leah, Paulette, Sam, Hannah, Lexie, Ryan, David and Heather. 

Memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, October 16th at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois from 11:00am until time of service at 2:00pm.

 

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Patricia A. Trebs


Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home - Crete, IL (Map-it)
Place of Service: St James Catholic Church 22244 S Torrence Ave, Sauk Village, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens 711 E 77th Avenue, Schererville, Indiana (Map-it)

Patricia A. Trebs (nee Lippie), born July 20, 1927, age  94 of Crete, Illinois passed away on October 5, 2021.  Loving wife of 57 years to late William (2006).  Beloved mother to Alan (Patricia) Trebs, Stephen Trebs, Susan Trebs, Carol (Dave) Maclean, Phillip Trebs and Thomas Trebs.   Cherished grandmother and great grandmother. 

Visitation on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 9AM until the time of mass at 10:30AM at St. James Catholic Church, 22400 Torrence Avenue, Sauk Village, Illinois burial to follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville, Indiana.  Arrangement entrusted to Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Info:  (708) 672-7600.

 

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Gilberta J. Biedzycki


Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home - Crete, IL (Map-it)
Place of Service: Zion Lutheran Church - Crete 1610 Main Street, Crete, IL (Map-it)
Cemetery: Zion Lutheran Cemetery Route 1, Crete, Illinois (Map-it)

Gilberta J. Biedzycki (nee Pigors) age 84 of East Hazel Crest, Illinois passed away on October 6, 2021.  Beloved wife to Edward; loving mother to Shauna Wenk, Dawn Biedzycki and Kevin (Maribel) Biedzycki.  Beautiful grandmother to Matthew, Meagan, Alyssa, Sammy and the late Fred Jr.; great grandmother to Aaron, Charlee and Alivia.  Cherished sister to Richard (Sue) Most.

Visitation Monday, October 11, 2021 from 3pm to 8pm Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois.   Tuesday visitation from 10AM until time of service at 11AM at Zion Lutheran Church, 1610 Main Street, Crete, Illinois.  Interment:  Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Crete, Illinois.  Info:  (708) 672-7600.

 

 

 

 

 

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Herbert 'John' A. Stephens, Jr.


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Herbert “John” Anderson Stephens, Jr, 76, of Pullman, MI (formerly Haines City, FL and Chicago Heights, IL) died on Monday, October 4 with family by his side.

Herbert was preceded in death by his loving wife, Susan Rae Stephens in 2015.

He is survived by his three children, Jonathan (Julie) Stephens, Scott (Nicholas Moore) Stephens and Jessica (Damian) Massanelli; four grandchildren, Michael Amano, Brett, Brock and Allison Stephens; seven siblings along with many nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

Herbert was a skilled handy man who knew how to fix anything and the proper way for his assistant to hold a flashlight. He loved to fish, garden, spend time with his family, and relax while watching classic car auctions with his beloved dog, Dagney. His loss leaves a deep void in the hearts of those who knew him.

A memorial service is planned for October 23rd at his home in Pullman, MI. For information, please call or text 708-567-1477.

Please send gifts in Herbert’s name to A Silver Lining Foundation at www.asilverliningfoundation.org/donate.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, Illinois   (708) 754-0016

 

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Bernice (Bea) M. Stojak


Funeral Home: Monee Funeral Home - Monee, IL (Map-it)
Cemetery: Holy Cross Cemetery 801 Michigan City Road, Calumet City, Illinois (Map-it)

Bernice (Bea) M. Stojak, 90 years of age, peacefully passed away at home on October 4, 2021 surrounded by family.  She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband Julius Stojak.  Bernice was the matriarch of five generations.

She is survived by her four daughters Sharon Meeks (William Wayne), Connie Scofield (Tom Sr.), Diane Houser (Stan) and Gail Stojak.

She proudly called herself Grandma and Granny to four grandchildren Lori (Scott), Debbie, Tommy and Kelly (Brian).

Her greatest joy came from being Nana to seven great-grandchildren Renee (C.J.), David, Seth, Ashley, Emily, Madison, and Carson; and two great-great-grandsons Wyatt and Weston.

She is also survived by her sister Angeline Mehorczyk, and was preceded in death by her sisters Elizabeth and Margaret, and brothers John, Frank and step brother Frank. 

Visitation Friday, October 8, 2021 from 4PM until 7PM at Monee Funeral Home, 5450 Wilson (at Governors Highway), Monee, Illinois.  Funeral service 10AM on Saturday at the funeral home.  Interment:  Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Illinois.   Info: 708-534-0016.

 

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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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