Constance 'Connie' D. Brignardello

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

Visitation: Zion Lutheran Church, Crete, IL Thursday, April 28th, 4pm to 8pm
Service Date: 04/29/2022
Service Time: 11AM
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. 


Service Date: 2022-04-29
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Ann L. Fitzgerald

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Memorial gathering Sunday May 1 from 12 noon until 3pm
Service Date: 05/01/2022
Service Time: 2pm


Ann L. Fitzgerld age 80 of Matteson, Illinois passed May 19th, 2021.  Beloved mother of two sons Ron and Randy Fitzgerald. She  was born and raised in Clinton, Illinois. Retired from the transportation safety industry. Ann will be remembered for her loving, kind and supportive nature as well as her good humor.  Quite simply, Ann was magical.

Celebration of life memorial gathering will be on Sunday May 1st, from 12 (noon) PM to 3 PM with a service at 2 PM at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Info: (708) 672-7600.

Service Date: 2022-05-01
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Carolyn E. Davis

Funeral Home: (Map-it)


Carolyn E. Davis age 66  of Chicago, Illinois passed away on April 20, 2022.  Loving daughter to the late I. John and late Ruthie (nee Cooks) Davis.  Beautiful sister to Charles (Sandra) Davis, Linda Blackman, John A. (Robbie) Davis and Michael Davis.  Cherished aunt to Shanee, Toi and Isaac; great aunt to Deante, Tongela, Dishod and Destiny.  Carolyn worked in Accounting for Truman College. 

Funeral Services will be private arrangemants 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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Jay P. DeYoung

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

Visitation: Memorial Gathering Thursday April 21 from 3pm until service 7pm
Service Date: 04/21/2022
Service Time: 7PM
Cemetery: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 27034 South Diagional Road, Elwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Jay P. DeYoung age 82 of Monee, Illinois passed away peacefully on April 4, 2022.  Beloved husband to the late Maria (2013).  Loving father to Joseph (Debbie) DeYoung and Randy (Michelle) DeYoung.  Beautiful grandfather of 10 and great grandfather to many.  Dear brother to Joyce (late David) Croarkin and uncle to many.  Jay retired as a supervisor for AT&T and served proudly in the U.S. Army.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association,

Memorial gathering will be on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 3pm until time of service at 7PM at Monee Funeral Home, 5450 Wilson Street (at Governors Hwy), Monee, IL 60449.  Everyone to meet on Friday at 10:00AM at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.  Info: (708) 534-0016.


Service Date: 2022-04-21
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Lois M. Pralle

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Thursday, April 14, 2022 from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. AT TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Service Date: 04/14/2022
Service Time: 11 A.M.
Place of Service: Trinity Lutheran Church 1393 Elizabeth Street, Crete, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Zion Lutheran Cemetery Route 1, Crete, Illinois (Map-it)

Lois M. Pralle (Nee Ohlendorf), age 89, of Crete, Illinois, passed away on April 12, 2022.  Beloved wife of the late John (2003).  Loving mother of Susan (the late David) Lentz and Ellen (Robert) Wagner.  Cherished Grandmother of Christopher Lentz, Lauren (Ben) Hoppe, Colleen (David) Webb and Andrew Kitka.  Great Grandmother of Amelia and Everett Webb.      

Lois will lie in state on Thursday, April 14th  from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral service 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church at 1393 Elizabeth Street, Crete, Illinois. Burial to follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Crete, IL.  Arrangements entrusted to Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, IL.   Info: (708) 672-7600


Service Date: 2022-04-14
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Minnie F. Stewart

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Service Date: 04/19/2022
Service Time: Tuesday, April 19, 2022. 6;00 P.M. at the funeral home


Stewart, Minnie  (nee Fowler) age 93 of Chicago Heights, Illinois  passed away on April 8, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Robert (2009).  Loving mother of Sam, Bruce (Erin), the late Robert and the late Timothy Stewart.  Cherished grandmother of Timothy Jr., Patricia, Bonnie, Gregory, Mary Kate and Brandan.  Great Grandmother of 1.  She was preceded in death by her 3 brothers and 2 sisters.  Fond Aunt to several Nieces and Nephews.    


Visitation Tuesday, April 19, 2022  from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. with a 6 P.M. funeral service at the Crete Funeral Home,1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois.   Interment: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 graveside service 2 P.M. at Rest Haven Memorial Park, Louisville, Kentucky  Info: (708) 672-7600.


Service Date: 2022-04-19
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Elizabeth Anne Dunlap

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Memorial Saturday June 18th from 10AM until service at 2PM
Service Date: 06/18/2022
Cemetery: Adams Cemetery Exchange and Lincoln, Crete, Illinois (Map-it)

Elizabeth Anne Dunlap, (also known as Betsy or Liz), age 70, of South Chicago Heights, Illinois, formerly of Crete, Illinois, passed away on February 15, 2022. 

     She was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to the late Samuel and Elizabeth Dunlap, dear sister to Randall (Suzanne) Dunlap, the late Richard Dunlap, Alexandra (Robert) DeVries, and Russell (Brent) Dunlap. Cherished niece, aunt, great aunt, and cousin to many. Companion for many years to Ronald Annunziata.

     Some of you remember Betsy from our days growing up in Crete. “Bets” was lots of fun with a quick wit and a kind heart. Family time meant so much to her, and she loved to attend family parties and celebrations. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary, cared a lot about others, and had a tremendous love for children and animals. Betsy had a great laugh and loved to sing along to “The Oldies.”

     She cheered on the Crete Bulldogs founded by the Dunlap family in memory of our brother, Rick. She was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan and watched and kept score of each game dressed in her Cubs gear. 

     Betsy graduated from Crete Monee High School in 1971, attended Prairie State College, worked at The Elizabeth Ludeman Center, and at McDonald’s. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her. We will miss our conversations and good-natured banter back and forth.

     A Celebration of Life will be held at the Crete Funeral Home 1182 Main Street Crete, Illinois, on June 18, 2022, from 10 AM until the time of service at 2 PM.  Inurnment to follow to Adams Cemetery, Crete, Illinois. 



Service Date: 2022-06-18
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Cynthia A. Francis

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Visitation & Service Thursday April 7 from 9AM until service at 11AM
Cemetery: Skyline Memorial Park 248 S Governors Highway, Monee, Illinois (Map-it)

Cynthia A. Francis (nee Williams) age 88 of Beecher, Illinois passed away peacefully on April 4, 2022.  Beloved wife of the late Richard (1987); loving mother to Vanessa (Michael) Koselke, Tamara (Forest) Hale, Trena (Mark) Theroff and Gina (John) Dement.  Beautiful grandmother to Melissa (Michael) Carroll, Bryon Hale, Jason Hale, Anthony (Kara) Koselke, Ashley (Robert) Selock, Alison Theroff, Ethan Theroff, Evelyn Theroff, Madeline (Grant) Baldwin and Isabelle Dement; great grandmother to  Jakob Carroll, Jocelyn Carroll, Autumn Koselke, Wyatt Selock, Roxanne Selock, Adrielle Koselke, Owen Koselke and Aurora Theroff.    Preceded in death by her sibling Annie Nunn, Hazel Skinner, John “JB”, Roy, Wilbert ‘Bunk’ and Donald Williams.  In lieu of flowers donations to Transformation Church, 216 West Sauk Trail, South Chicago Heights, IL. 60411.   

Visitation & Funeral Service on Thursday, April 7th from 9AM until time of service at 11AM the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main St. (Dixie Highway), Crete, IL. Burial to follow to Skyline Memorial Park, Monee, Illinois. Info. 708-672-7600.



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Eric Jelinek

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

Visitation: St Joseph Church, Homewood, Monday April 4th from 10AM until mass at 11AM
Service Date: 04/04/2022
Service Time: 11AM
Place of Service: St Joseph Church 17851 Dixie Highway, Homewood, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Eric Jelinek age 39, longtime resident of Glenwood, Illinois passed away on March 30, 2022.  Beloved son to James and Pirjo Jelinek.  Loving brother to Amy (Brian) Betley.  Cherished uncle to Emma, Blake and Chase Betley.  Admired nephew to Steve & Judy Jelinek, John & Dee Jelinek, Jenny & Dave Suoranta, Kathy & Ray Suoranta and Brian Suoranta.  Beautiful cousin to Petra (Jelinek) Bollero, Mark Jelinek, Tom Jelinek, Patricia (Jelinek) Gagliardi and Megan Suoranta.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Eric’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Visitation on Monday, April 4th from 10:00AM until Funeral Mass at 11:00AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 17957 Dixie Highway, Homewood, Illinois.  Arrangements entrusted to Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Interment:  Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, IL.  Info:  (708) 754-0016.  

Service Date: 2022-04-04
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