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Jerry G. Grzan

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

Visitation: Tuesday, May 17 from 9:30am until service at 11:30AM
Service Date: 05/17/2022
Cemetery: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 27034 South Diagional Road, Elwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Jerry G. Grzan, 89, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 30, 2022.  He was a loving and loved husband, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle.  He was born May 9, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois to Jerome (Jerry) and Irene (nee Zupan) Grzan.  He grew up at 171st and Halsted in Cook County, IL and graduated from Thornton Township High School in 1951.  He was an active member of the US Air Force for 4 years and served in Germany.  Upon his discharge, he was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad for over 40 years and retired in 1994.  He was married for 62 years to Geri A. Grzan (nee Pelaske).  They were married in Hazel Crest, IL.  Following a few years in Homewood, IL, they move to Monee, IL to raise their family.  He was a long-time member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Monee.  Jerry enjoyed gardening, traveling, and photography.  His backyard had over 1500 plants, representing 200 Day lilies and over 300 varieties of Hostas.  He hosted many garden walks, and was a member of the Dahlia and Day Lily Clubs.  His yard was his pride and joy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, an infant child (Theresa Ann), his parents, four brothers (Martin, Bernard, William, and Richard), two sisters (Eva Poniatowski and Kathleen Anderson) and numerous brother and sister-in-laws.  He is survived by his daughter Sharon Williams (Richard) of Peoria, AZ, son Jerry (Dortha) of North Aurora, IL, and his sister-in-law Marcie Dykstra (John).  He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Ryan Williams (Grace) of Phoenix, AZ, Rachel Williams of Scottsdale, AZ, Hannah Williams of Surprise, AZ and Lauren Bergemann (Nelson) of Peoria, AZ, along with Elizabeth Grzan, Calvin Grzan, Noah Grzan, Chandler Grzan, and Luke Grzan, all of North Aurora, IL.  He leaves behind two Great Grandchildren, Russell Williams and Tucker Bergemann.  He also leaves behind numerous beloved nieces and nephews, as well as special friends in Illinois and Arizona.

Visitation is from 9:30AM until 11:30AM on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the Monee Funeral Home, located at 5450 W. Wilson Street at Governors Highway in Monee, IL.  A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 11:30. Interment will be at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, located at 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, IL.

The family would like to thank Avanti Senior Living in Peoria, AZ for their support and making each day special.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Lung Association.  To share memories or condolences, visit


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Dorothy 'Dot' Ireland

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

Visitation: Wake Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
Service Date: 05/06/2022
Place of Service: St. Boniface Catholic Church 5304 W Main Street, Monee, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 27034 South Diagional Road, Elwood, Illinois (Map-it)


Dorothy “Dot” Mae Ireland (nee Werner) 96, of Monee, IL passed away on May 2, 2022 at her son’s home in Green Oaks, IL surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of the late Edgar “Bud” (2012); Loving mother of Bonnie (late Frank) Slyder, Thomas (Laura) Ireland, David (Diane) Ireland and Timothy (Georgiann “Gigi”) Ireland; treasured grandmother of Gina (Ricky) Ott, Shaun (Laura) Ireland, Alan Ireland, Caryn Ireland, Christopher (Tina) Ireland, Jonathan “Zach“ (Ellen) Ireland and Alyssa (Brandon “Monk”) Feehery; great-grandmother of 15. Cherished sister of Mary (late Martin) Lange, John (late Mary Jane) Werner and Ruth (late Louis) Kusay. Devoted aunt of many nieces and nephews. 

Preceded in death by her grandsons, David Slyder (2012), Michael Ireland (1983), her parents George and Myra (nee Roberts) Werner and her Siblings; brother LaVerne (1929) Werner, Beulah (late Adam) Rosenberger (1993), George Werner (1952), Gladys (late Norman) Nolan (2012). 

Dorothy was a long time resident of Hazel Crest, IL, and a devoted parishioner of St Anne’s Catholic Church and later at St.  Boniface Parish in Monee, IL. She loved to cook and create memorable parties. She helped plan many events for the Golf Vista community where she last resided.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family.   

In lieu of flowers donations to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL or in her name to WoundedWarriorProject.Org or Disabled American Veterans (

Visitation Thursday, May 5th from 4 P.M. until 7 P.M. at Monee Funeral Home, 5450 Wilson St. (at Governors Hwy.), Monee, IL 60449. Funeral Mass on Friday at 10A.M. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 5304 Main Street, Monee, IL.  Interment will be private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Elwood, IL. Info: (708) 534-0016

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Lionel Hernandez

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

Visitation: Friday, May 6, 2022. 11:00 A.M. until 1:45 P.M.
Service Date: 05/06/2022
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Lionel Hernandez age 65 of Homewood, Illinois passed away on May 1, 2022.  Beloved husband to the late Ofelia (2003);  Loving father of Dalila Santiago and Cynthia Hernandez.  Cherished grandfather of Wes Villarreal. 

Visitation Friday, May 6, 2022  from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service 1:45 P.M. at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.   Interment:  Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, IL.  Info: (708) 754-0016.


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Laurence 'Lorrie' Marron

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

Visitation: Friday, April 29th from 9:30AM until service 1:00PM
Service Date: 04/29/2022


Laurence ‘Lorrie’ J. Marron age 82 of Monee, Illinois passed away on April 25, 2022.  Loving husband to Paula (nee Anderson); beloved father to Matthew (Kristen) Marron, Patrick (Julie) Marron and Mary (Patrick) Hall.  Cherished grandfather to Ellie, Colin, Leigha and Katie.  Dear brother to Carolyn Marron. Beloved Uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents (Patrick & Mary) and brothers (John & Peter).  Lorrie was a seminarian in the Augustinian Order for thirteen years. He was a Spanish high school teacher and college professor. His unique personality brought joy to many. In lieu of flowers make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 29th from 9:30AM until time of service 1:00 P.M. at Monee Funeral Home 5450 Wilson St. (at Governors Hwy.), Monee, IL 60449.  Info: (708) 534-0016.

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Constance 'Connie' D. Brignardello

Funeral Home: Monee Funeral Home - Monee, IL (Map-it)
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)


Constance ‘Connie’ D. Brignardello age 90 of Monee, Illinois passed away on April 24, 2022.  Loving wife to the late Ido (1999); beloved mother to Gary (Della) Brignardello, Jerry (late Kathy) Brignardello and Susan (late Karl) Schmidt.  Cherished grandmother to late Karl Schmidt Jr., Edward (late Lindsey) Schmidt, Taryn Schmidt and Gary J. Brignardello.  Great grandmother to late Owen, late Weston, late Kaleb, Max, Will and Sonny.  Beautiful caregiver and friend Darlene DeRosa. 

Arrangement entrusted to at Monee Funeral Home 5450 Wilson St. (at Governors Hwy.), Monee, IL 60449.  Direct Burial at Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, Illinois on Friday, April 29th, 2022 @ 2:00PM.   Info: (708) 534-0016. 



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Susan Riegel

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

Visitation: Zion Lutheran Church, Crete, IL Thursday, April 28th, 4pm to 8pm
Service Date: 04/29/2022
Place of Service: Zion Lutheran Church - Crete 1610 Main Street, Crete, IL (Map-it)
Cemetery: Zion Lutheran Cemetery Route 1, Crete, Illinois (Map-it)

Susan Riegel (nee Tosh), age 65, of Crete Illinois died from breast cancer on April 22, 2022.

Susan was born November 19, 1956 to Vivian and Lester Tosh. She was the tenth of eleven

children and could tell quite a few stories about growing up in their three bedroom, one

bathroom house in rural Crete.

Sue married Orlin M. Riegel on April 5, 1975. Four years later, they were blessed with their only

child, Mark O. Riegel. The early years of their marriage were spent living the farm life in

Monee. They moved to Crete in 1991.

Sue had a passion and drive for learning. She graduated from Prairie State College with a degree

in Nursing and went on to earn a B.S. in Health Services and an M.S. in Health Administration,

both from the University of St. Francis, Joliet. Sue started her 25-year nursing career with

Advocate Health Care in 1986, working in labor and delivery. From 2002 until 2011 Sue worked

as the Prenatal Outreach Coordinator at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

She loved her job and the friendships she made, especially those with Mary Marino and Sandy


As successful as she was professionally, her greatest joy in life was raising Mark. In a journal

entry, Susan wrote “I am so blessed to have been Mark’s mother. The Lord in His infinite

wisdom chose to give Orlin and me one child, so, He gave us Mark! Mark was such a fun little

boy and young man, but he was also a child with a conscience and empathy for others. I couldn’t

help but be in awe of him, whether it was learning Bible verses for grade school, playing high

school sports or working at Agee’s, he gave it his all. Mark went on to the U.S. Military

Academy at West Point and provided his father and me with years of pride and joy as we

watched him represent Army on the football field, on the marching fields, and eventually on the

war field as an officer in Iraq. Through it all, he remained a wonderful human being. This is a

child any mother would be proud to have raised.”

In 1998, Susan’s sister Patti was dying. Her final words to Susan were “Love my kids” and that

she did. She took on a motherly role to Brenda and Jason Halfeldt. Because of Susan, Jason

developed an appreciate for new packages of white socks and high thread count sheets. She

attended Brenda’s college graduation and helped pick out her wedding dress, but it was the role

they played in each other’s daily lives that made their mother/daughter bond special. They’d

spend hours on the phone talking about everything and nothing. They enjoyed shopping

excursions, traveling together and having sleepovers in Sue’s “big comfy bed.” Over the years,

Susan would tell Brenda “I couldn’t love you more if I’d birthed you myself.”

Brenda married Henry Gonzalez on October 17, 1998. Sue became a grandmother for the first

time on June 1, 2002 to Makena Lily Gonzalez. This was the same date that Mark graduated

from West Point. There were a lot of happy tears shed that day. Two years later, her second

grandchild, Braeden Kaleo Gonzalez, was born.

June 21, 2002 Mark married Alison (Ali) Brncick. Susan was blessed with three more

grandchildren to love: Julianna Claire Riegel, Wesley Louis Riegel and Cameron Gregory

Riegel. Her heart was full.

Susan will be remembered for many things, but two of the memories her family will never forget

are her Norman Rockwell inspired Christmases and her love for baking. Decorating Sue’s house

for Christmas was an over the top, all day affair. Every year, she would pull out “just a few

more” decorations she had purchased. By 2021, she was up to three Christmas trees and every

horizontal surface on the main floor was decorated. On Christmas Eve, Mark, Ali, Brenda, Henry

and all the grandkids would descend upon the house to celebrate. The table was set with the

Christmas china and a “fabulous” meal, including her famous pear salad, was served. After the

perfectly wrapped presents were opened, the desserts were set out. She was famous for her

chocolate chip cookies, toffee and fudge on Christmas Eve, but she baked throughout the year.

She always had fresh cookies when the grandkids visited and would never dream of going to

Kansas without a box of Mark’s favorites. She loved to celebrate birthdays with homemade

frosting and a little bit of cake. In the past few years, she found joy in making decadent sugar

cookies with elaborate frosting designs, which took the rest of the year’s holidays to new heights.

Susan was a woman of remarkable faith and strength. She became a confirmed member of Zion

Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1975 and practiced her faith daily in both her words and actions.

It was her faith that kept her going when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. In

2009, she found out that the cancer had metastasized into her bones. The five-year survival rate

for metastatic breast cancer at that time was less than 20%. She lived with this disease for almost

13 years.

Living with a terminal diagnosis forced Sue to change her perspective on life. Her focus was on

enjoying however many days God would give her. She made it a priority to travel as much as she

was able. She transformed her house into a warm, inviting home. She took every opportunity to

make memories with her friends and family, especially her grandkids. She surrounded herself

with a strong circle of women that she could laugh with, cry with, talk with or simply sit with in

silence. She had her church friends “The PEWS” – Patti, Elaine, Wendy and Susan – and the

Bunco gals (wink-wink). We can smile knowing that she’s been reunited with her lifelong best

friend, Bobbette Masciotra, who passed away last year.

She was also preceded in death by her mother Vivian, father Lester, her beloved Aunt Gen,

brothers David, Bob and Ed and sisters Carol, Patti, Sharon and Marian. She is survived by

siblings Jim Tosh, Tom Tosh, Diane Symmes and her cherished sister-in-law, Barb Little.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 28th from 4pm – 8pm at Zion Evangelical Lutheran

Church, 1610 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. The funeral service will also be held at Zion Lutheran Church,

 on Friday, April 29th at 11am, withvisitation starting at 10am. Interment will be in the church cemetery,

 Zion Lutheran Cemetery  immediately following the  service. All friends and families are welcome to attend.

Arrangements entrusted to Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois Info:  (708) 672-7600. 


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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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