Catherine A. Markl

Funeral Home: Monee Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Wednesday, March 22 from 9AM until service 11AM
Service Date: 03/22/2023
Service Time: 11AM
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Catherine A. Markl (nee Wegler) age 80 of Beecher, Illinois passed away on March 17, 2023.  Loving wife of the late Adolph (d. 2013); beloved mother to Andrea (Gregory) Rizzo and Karl (Elizabeth) Stevens.  Beautiful grandmother to Monica (Manius) Waterman, Philip Rizzo, Christopher Rizzo, Anna Rizzo, Nicholas Stevens and Montgomery Stevens.  Catherine  always treasured the memories with the Markl Family.

Visitation/Service Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 9AM until time of service at 11AM at the Monee Funeral Home 5450 Wilson St. (at Governors Hwy.), Monee, IL 60449.  Burial to follow at Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, Illinois.   Info: (708) 534-0016.    



Service Date: 2023-03-22
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Barbara M. Demith

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

On March 16, 2023, Barbara Marie Demith, a “Chicago Heights Girl Forever,” Bloom Class of 1958, left her earthly home to be reunited with her husband of 54 years, Thomas Demith, Bloom Class of 1955.Barbara was the first-born child of Tito and Bette Tarquinio (both deceased). 

Barbara was the loving mother of Tom, Bloom Class of 1979, and Jeff, Bloom Class of 1981.  Her two boys love sports and would run home from Roosevelt School every day, eat their PB and J, and hurriedly ran back out to play.  Barbara spent countless hours at Bloom High School in support of her boys’ teams and the entire Bloom High School Athletic Program.  Interesting to note, she was one of the original founders of the “Bloom Backers” Athletic Program.

Barb has four siblings, George, Norma, Mary, and Jean, who will miss her love and guidance. Barb was grandmother to the “best grandchildren ever born” Spenser, Kailyn, and Katy, and was mother-in-law to Jeff’s wife Maureen. Barb also leaves many Demith relatives who still reside in the area. Last, her two dogs Storm and Barney will miss her.  She thought them to be clever and funny.

Barbara owned Wise Buy Estate Sales for over 28 years. She loved working the sales, but more importantly, she valued all the friendships made along the way and cherished the memories.  She was known for “never turning down a Chicago Heights Sale.” She loved and cherished all the memories given and received at her sales.  You all gave her so much joy.  A special “shout out” to her friends from the Friday night auctions in Peotone.

Barb was loyal to friendships made from her school years especially those from the Bloom Class of 1958.

A special thank-you to Dr. Hamdan, Barb’s oncologist, for the wonderful care.  You and your staff at Riverside Medical made her day.  You gave her more than you will ever realize.

Per Barb’s instruction, there will be no services as she will be cremated and buried next to Tom at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Flossmoor, Illinois.

On behalf of Barb, “God bless all of you.  Live your hopes and dreams…make every day count.”  Finally, as Barb would say, “Have a nice day.”

Arrangements 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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Susan S. Relinski

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Tuesday, 3/14 from 3pm to 7pm
Service Date: 03/15/2023
Service Time: 10AM
Cemetery: Holy Cross Cemetery 801 Michigan City Road, Calumet City, Illinois (Map-it)

Susan S. Relinski (nee Sampsell) age 74 of Demotte, Indiana passed away on March 11, 2023.  Loving wife to Robert D.; beloved mother to Adam Fromm, Karen Galloway and step son Robert J. (Stephanie) Relinski.  Beautiful sister to Judith Stofko and the late Jack Sampsell.  Dear daughter in law and caregiver to the late Robert and the late Geraldine Relinski.  Preceded in death by her loving parents Robert and Koosie ‘Kay’ (nee Bink) Sampsell.

Visitation Tuesday, March 14th  from 3:00PM until 7:00PM at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Funeral Service on Wednesday at 10AM at the funeral home.   Entombment: Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Illinois. Info: (708) 672-7600.

Service Date: 2023-03-15
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Gayle R. Tama

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Monday, March 13 from 9AM until Service at 12 Noon
Service Date: 03/13/2023
Service Time: 12 Noon

Gayle R. Tama (nee Blum) age 88, a longtime resident of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away peacefully on March 9, 2023.  Beloved wife of 59 years to the late Walter F. Tama (GySgt USMC Ret., d. 2013). Loving mother to Cheryl R. Tama Oblander and son-in-law Scott, and Gregory Tama and daughter-in-law Rosemary. Cherished grandmother to Erica (Christopher) Cox and Alex Tama, and delighted great-grandmother to Cedric Cox. Fond sister to William (Cindy) Blum, Ronald (Sally) Blum and her strongest supporter in life the late Carl J. Blum Jr. (d. 1994) (Annies d. 2021). Dear aunt, cousin and friend to many, including her caregiver Audrey Rainford and best friend Rose Klauck. Gayle was an active homemaker and community volunteer. Her door was always open for friends and family. She contributed her many talents to the Marine Corps League South Suburban Chicago Detachment, St. Kieran Women’s Club and St. James Hospital, where she greeted arriving visitors for many years. She retired from her position as bookkeeper with Schwartz Moving and Storage Company in 2000. She rests gently now with her parents, Carl J. and Violet (Kelly) Blum Sr., and all her loved ones who passed before her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots,

Visitation and service on Monday, March 13th from 9AM until the time of funeral service at 12 Noon at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois at a later date. (708) 754-0016.




Service Date: 2023-03-13
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William Douglas White

  U.S. Veteran
Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Memorial: Saturday, April 22 from 1PM until service 2PM
Service Date: 04/22/2023
Service Time: 2pm

William “Doug” Douglas White,   Born on August 29, 1944 in Chicago to William Bowles and Jean Elizabeth White (Lees). Doug graduated from Homewood Flossmoor High School class of 1962 and received his bachelor’s degree in Business from Governors State University in 2004. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and longtime resident of Crete, Illinois. He passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2023 surrounded by his family. Beloved husband, loving father and grandfather.  He loved his cars but his great passion was caring for his many cats and dogs throughout his lifetime. He worked as an Mechanical engineer, and designed presses for Verson Allsteel Press, until 1999. Survived by: Wife Janice Dianne White (Smolinski). Sons Lt. Col James Douglas White (Stacey), and Erik Lees White. Siblings Phyllis Jean Piunti (late brother-in-law Nick), Christine White, and Katherine White Tierney (Chris).  Grandchildren Ryan Douglas White, and Evelyn Skye White. Cousins Clark Bernard (Susana), Alexis Bernard Smith (Clark), and David Bernard.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to your favorite animal charity.

Memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 1:00PM until the time of service at 2:00PM at Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois.  Info: (708) 672-7600.


Service Date: 2023-04-22
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Joseph F. LoCascio

  U.S. Veteran
Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

Service Date: 03/01/2023
Service Time: Everyone to meet at Assumption Cemetery for a committal service at 11 A.M.
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)



Joseph F. LoCascio age 92 of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on February 23, 2023.  Loving husband to the late Rosemarie (née Varallo; d. 1999); beloved father to Mary (Alan) Corradetti, Lori Rossi, and the late Louis LoCascio (d. 1965).  Cherished grandfather to Robert, Sara, Sam, Angela, Marlena, Alexandra and Marisa.  Great Grandfather to Olivia, Joe (Bear), Emerson, Connor, Leo and Miles.  Devoted son of the late Margaret (née Stanfa) and John LoCascio.  Dear brother to Antoinette, and the late Jack, Josephine and John. Brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, neighbor and friend of many.

Korean War Veteran of the U.S. Army; retired security guard at Recycled Paper Products; formerly employed by Weber Costello, Dixie Dairy, and Chicago Heights Distributing.

Arrangements entrusted to Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Everyone to meet on Wednesday, March 1st at 11A.M. for a direct burial at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Glenwood, Illinois.  Info: (708) 754-0016.


Service Date: 2023-03-01
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Harriet E. Karwowski

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9AM until service 12 Noon
Service Date: 02/28/2023
Service Time: 12 Noon
Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery 34th Street and Western, Steger, Illinois (Map-it)

Harriet E. Karwowski (nee Milewski) age 93 longtime resident of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away surrounded by her family on February 23, 2023.  Beloved wife to the late George (d.1990); loving mother to John Karwowski, Emily (late Robert Shawn) Repking and Helen (Andrew) Sharp.  Babcia to Jennifer and Sarah Repking, Torrance, Matthew and Elizabeth Sharp. She is preceded in death by her parents Andrzej and Emilia (nee Dziegielewska) Milewski and 2 Brothers and 3 Sisters. Harriet, at the age of 29, left Poland and came to the United States on May 13, 1959 to join her brother in Chicago Heights.  Her first job was as a bartender/cook, at Marion’s Tavern which her brother owned. Shortly after, she met George and they were married on January 25, 1964. Throughout her years, Harriet sponsored many family members from Poland to come to the US.  She had a huge heart and welcomed everyone into her home for short and extended stays.  She helped them find employment and become successful. Her family was her pride and joy, especially her 5 grandchildren.  After retiring as a cook for Marion Catholic High School, she spent many years babysitting her grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews.  Everyone loved her and called her Babcia or Ciocia, it did not matter if they were related or not, her door was always open.  Anyone visiting knew that they couldn’t leave without having a delicious Polish homemade meal.  She was a devoted Catholic and attended Polish mass faithfully. A few of her favorite pastimes were baking, bingo and watching Friday night wrestling.

Visitation Tuesday, February 28th from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral Mass 12 Noon  at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.    Interment:  Calvary Cemetery, Steger, Illinois.  Info:(708) 754-0016.



Service Date: 2023-02-28
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Urania Annie Walters

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Monday, Feb. 27th from 9AM until service 12Noon
Service Date: 02/27/2023
Service Time: 12 Noon
Cemetery: Skyline Memorial Park 248 S Governors Highway, Monee, Illinois (Map-it)

Urania ‘Annie’ Walters (nee Vitolka) age 95, of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away at Prairie Manor in Chicago Heights on February 22, 2023. Beloved wife to the late Roy (d. 2009). Loving mother to Christina (Joseph) Spaniel; and the late Robert G. (late Anna) Walters; cherished grandmother to Robert J. (Erin) and Ashley M. Walters; great-grandmother to Ethan, Logan Walters, Tegan, Peyton, Jaxson and Jordyn. Annie was a member of Wednesday Senior Club in Chicago Heights, VFW Women’s Auxiliary in Steger and the Moose Lodge.

Visitation Monday, February 27th from 9AM to time of services at 12 Noon at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL. 60411.   Interment Skyline Memorial Park, Monee, IL. For info call (708) 754-0016.


Service Date: 2023-02-27
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Shequita Renee Ryan

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Memorial visitation Thursday, March 9, 2023 from 11 A.M. until 2 P.M.
Service Date: 03/09/2023
Service Time: 1 P.M.


Shequita Renee Ryan age 36 of South Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on February 14, 2023.  Beautiful daughter to Darrell and Shirley (nee Self) Ryan.  Beloved mother to Maya Grace Rayford.  Cherished sister to Tiffany (Shawn) McDonald, Stephanie Ryan, Derek Ryan and Kristen Ryan.  Fond aunt to many nieces and nephews.  Shequita worked for local hospitals as an R.N.

Memorial visitation on Thursday, March 9, 2023 from 11 A.M. until 2 P.M. with a service at 1 P.M. at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Info:  (708) 754-0016.


Service Date: 2023-03-09
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Herman Carcelli, III

  U.S. Veteran
Funeral Home: (Map-it)

Visitation: Memorial at St. Liborius Church from 9AM until mass at 10AM
Service Date: 03/10/2023
Service Time: 10AM
Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery 34th Street and Western, Steger, Illinois (Map-it)

Herman Carcelli III of Las Vegas at the age of 62 sadly passed away on February 11th, 2023 under the care of Nathan Adelson Hospice.  Born on September 25, 1960 in Chicago Heights, Illinois to the late Herman and late Wanda (nee Biel) Carcelli and grandson to the late Mary E. Carcelli.  Dear family friend to the late Betty Anne Martello.  Herman graduated from Bloom High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Beloved father to Mary (Dan) Ekhoff.  Loving papa to Jaxon, Annabel, Jameson and Stella.  Cherished brother to Anne (Allen) Mattio, Mary (Frank) Guiliani, Josephine Carcelli, Margaret (Daniel) Schultz.  Dear uncle to many nieces and nephews. Herman served proudly in the United States Navy. Herman’s had many occupations such as being a casino dealer at the Stardust, a radio dispatcher for the Chicago Heights Police Department, K5 Trucking and Affordable RV.  He loved to be outdoors, gardening, picking wild greens, betting on horses at Balmoral Racetrack, making a stop in Old Town Tap, playing card games, the love of Golf and special talent of being an excellent chef in the kitchen.  Until his last breath he was a faithful servant to our Lord Jesus Christ; he is looking down on us and smiling at us from peaceful heavens from above. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Herman’s memory to South Suburban PADS, Fortitude Community OutReach or PKU Organization of Illinois. 

Memorial gathering will be on March 10th at St. Liborius Church, 37th and Halsted Blvd., Steger, Illinois 9AM until time of mass at 10AM.  Burial to follow to Calvary Cemetery, Steger, Illinois where he will be laid to rest with his mother almost 54 years ago.


Service Date: 2023-03-10
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