Valada D. Hammock

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Brief visitation Thursday Nov 3 from 1:00PM to 1:45PM
Service Date: 11/03/2022
Service Time: Cemetery at 2PM
Cemetery: Skyline Memorial Park 248 S Governors Highway, Monee, Illinois (Map-it)

Valada Dare Ezell-Hammock, age 96, of Murfreesboro, TN went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, October 23, 2022. 

Valada lived each & every moment of her life to the fullest up until her last days on earth and was a blessing in the lives of her family, friends, neighbors & anyone she met. 

This photo is from a recent field trip to a corn maze!  She also went bowling…AND beat the other residents & staff BOTH games! 

Valada was one of the original “Rosie the Riveters” after her high school graduation, working in a munitions factory during WWII. She was also a hairdresser, hospice volunteer, & animal lover & she traveled the U.S. in an RV with her husband, Harry & assorted dogs & cats. She loved to read & read the Bible from cover to cover several times over. She enjoyed sitting on her porch with her collie, Bonnie, watching the birds & squirrels in her yard. Bonnie was her devoted companion after her husband’s death & Valada would comment “that dog is almost TOO smart for MY own good!” She also loved music & became part of a karaoke family that gathered each week at a local restaurant. 

She was affectionately known as the “Matriarch” of The Well Church & loved dearly by all her church family who didn’t even allow covid to stop them from surprising her with a drive-by birthday parade in front of her home! 

She often said that she wished to be remembered by all the good times & laughter she had shared with others & wanted them to know for sure that when the Lord called her home, she was ready and excited to go!

Heaven is a lil’ bit brighter now that she is there, but we are sure going to miss having her here with us. She was one special, sweet & feisty lil’ lady that blessed all our lives by her presence. 

Valada is survived by her daughter, Valerie Lutes and her husband Charles; step son, Harry Hammock and his wife Debbie; grandchildren, Mike Ezell and his wife Sarah, Ashley & Kyle Hammock; great-grandchildren, Gianna and Alaina Ezell; devoted friends, Joe & Connie Katimi & family; and many beloved long time neighbors, friends & church family. She was preceded in death by her son, Laymond Ezell, and two husbands, Winford L. Ezell and Harry D. Hammock Sr.

Thank you to Stones River Manor for providing a safe & caring place for Valada to receive the extra attention she needed and for the staff’s kindness & dedication to her health & happiness. She loved & appreciated each of you & so do we. 

Visitation for Valada will be Sunday, October 30, 2022 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. A casual time of sharing stories & memories of Valada will begin at 3pm.

Brief Visitation Thursday, November 3rd  from 1:00 P.M. until 1:45 P.M. at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois.   Interment: Skyline Memorial Park, Monee, Illinois. Info: (708) 672-7600. 

Service Date: 2022-11-03
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Deborah L Cordes

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

Visitation: Thursday Nov. 3 from 10AM until service 1pm
Service Date: 11/03/2022
Service Time: 1PM
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Deborah L. Cordes, age 68, of East Peoria formerly of Harvey, Illinois passed away on October 21, 2022.  Beloved mother to Rosemary (JD) Armes; loving grandmother to Leah, Harper and Virginia. Preceded in death by her mother, Rosemary Cordes (nee Embser). Debbie worked for most of her career in the banking industry, working in several local banks over the years.

Visitation Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 10:00AM until the time of service at 1:00PM 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. 



Service Date: 2022-11-03
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Thomas C. Morris

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Visitation Tuesday Oct. 25 from 3pm until service at 7pm
Service Date: 10/25/2022
Service Time: 7PM

Thomas C. Morris age 72 of Steger, Illinois passed away on October 19, 2022.  Loving dad to Anthony (Adriana) Morris, Timothy Morris, and Daniel (Kristy Aronowitz) Morris.  Beloved grandfather to Anthony Jr., Giana, Noah and Rylan.  Beautiful brother to Andrew (Debbie Sparacino) Morris and Richard (Late Karen) Morris.    Dear uncle to many.   Loving and Best Friend to Deborah Morris-Stangarone.  Thomas worked for over 35 years for the Cook County Forest Preserve and he loved watching sports, his favorite was baseball, the Chicago White Sox.  He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Visitation Tuesday, October 25th from 3:00PM until time of service at 7:00PM at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois.    Info: (708) 672-7600.



Service Date: 2022-10-25
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Evelyn C. McCully

Funeral Home: Monee Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Wednesday, October 26th from 9:30AM until service 12:30PM
Service Date: 10/26/2022
Service Time: 12:30PM
Cemetery: Elmwood Cemetery 2750 E 9000 N Road, Manteno, Illinois (Map-it)

Evelyn C. McCully (nee Savoy) age 84 of Monee, Illinois passed away on October 18, 2022.  Beloved wife to William; loving mother to Paulette Kestner and Richard (Virginia) McCully.  Beautiful grandmother to Thomas Kestner, Joseph, Richard and Caitlin McCully; great grandmother to Morgan, Ethan and Lily.  Cherished sister to Thomas Savoy, Theresa Mulari, the late Steven Savoy and the late Joe Savoy.

Visitation Wednesday, October 26th , from 9:30AM until time of service at 12:30PM at Monee Funeral Home, 5450 Wilson (at Governors Highway), Monee, Illinois.  Interment:  Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno, Illinois.   Info: 708-534-0016


Service Date: 2022-10-26
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Victor M. Latino

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

Visitation: Saturday October 22nd from 10AM to 3PM
Service Date: 10/22/2022
Service Time: 2:30PM
Cemetery: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 W. Hoff Road Elwood, Illinois 60421, Elwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Victor (Vic) Michael Latino, age 90, passed away with his loving wife by his side on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Vic was born on October 1, 1932, in Streator, IL.

Vic was a longtime resident of Golf Vista Estates in Monee, where he was an avid golfer until 80 years old. Golf was one of his treasured hobbies, which is evident through the memorabilia that decorates his home. Even after he was unable to play, he continued to find joy watching his grandchildren play the 5th hole in his backyard. He also found joy in collecting, especially items of interest to his grandchildren, whom he adored.

Anyone who knew Vic knew he was a family man. He raised five children with his wife, Judy. While he supported his children as they grew into their individual selves, there was one thing that he unintentionally ensured bound them together – a game of cards. You couldn’t spend an evening ‘at grandpas’ without playing a couple hands. Over the years, Vic mentored his children and grandchildren, assuring his card-loving legacy, while still never letting anyone win. When not playing cards, he treasured sitting around the kitchen table with his family listening to their stories.

When home with his wife, he enjoyed napping in his chair through Hallmark movies and cheering on every game of the White Sox and Bears. If the weather was nice, Vic could be found outside in his garden, planting a new flower or starting his daughter’s favorite, the sunflower, from seeds.

After 42 years with the Northern Illinois Gas Company, Vic retired as a District Superintendent. During his tenure, and when not playing golf, he strongly supported the betterment of his community. Victor was active in many local Chambers and American Legion. He was also Treasurer in the local Rotary Club and Chairman of Nicor’s United Way Campaign.

Vic served for three years with the United States Navy on the USS SHEA during the Korean War. He was awarded The National Defense Service Medal for his heroic service.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, his four sons, Scot (Sandra), Victor, Steve (Kim), Jon (Rhonda), his daughter Teri (Brian) Burbach and beloved grandchildren Christopher, Andrew (Jody Price), Matthew (Karli Whited), Megan (Tim) Leiser, Anna, Trevor (Grace Chervinko) Smeets, Elizabeth (Tyler Hendrickson) and Zander. He is further survived by his brother Frank and Michael (Lisa) and many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Jennie (Piraino), a brother, Nick, and sister, Jennie.  

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at Monee Funeral Home (5450 W Wilson St., Monee IL 60449) from 10am-3pm with a service at 2:30pm. A private burial will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Legion post 1200 or the Wounded Warriors Project.





Service Date: 2022-10-22
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Joan C Maze

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

Visitation: Friday, October 21 from 8:30AM until 11:30AM
Service Date: 10/21/2022
Service Time: 11:30AM
Cemetery: Holy Cross Cemetery 801 Michigan City Road, Calumet City, Illinois (Map-it)

Joan C. Maze age 81, longtime resident of Thornton, Illinois passed away on October 18, 2022.  Born on June 21, 1941 to Andrew and Sophie (nee Gierucki) Babiarz.  Beloved wife to the late Matthew G. Maze Jr. (2007).  Loving mother to Matthew G. Maze III, John (Kristy) Maze and Anna (Jason) LeMar.  Beautiful grandmother to Emily Ann Maze, John Tyler Maze, Nicole Elizabeth LeMar and Austin Charles LeMar; great grandmother to Jayden Michael Eubank, Zachary James Eubank and Odette Pearl Maze.  Cherished sister to Patricia Bobb, Mary Barritt, Janice Ward, the late James Babiarz and the late Andrew Babiarz.

Visitation Friday, October 21st  from 8:30AM until time of service at 11:30AM at  Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Interment:  Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Illinois.   Info:  (708) 754-0016.

Service Date: 2022-10-21
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Diana L. Iwanus

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Friday, 10/14 from 3pm to 7pm
Service Date: 10/15/2022
Service Time: 11AM
Place of Service: St. Liborius Catholic Church 71 W 35th Street, Steger, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Good Shepard Catholic Cemetery 16201 South 104th Avenue, Orland Park, Illinois (Map-it)

Diana L. Iwanus (nee Bishop)age 72 of longtime resident of Steger, Illinois passed away on October 10, 2022. Beloved wife to the late Lenny (2015); loving mother to Rachel Anne Benck and Shawn David (Rebecca Jane) Iwanus. Cherished grandmother to Justin Walter Benck, Jacob James Benck, Cadence Lynn Iwanus, Michelle Iwanus and Madison Bryn Iwanus and Piper Flynn Iwanus.  Preceded in death by her parents Frank and Martha (nee Balduf) Bishop.  Diana worked as a claims adjuster for various Insurance Companies.

Visitation Friday, October 14, 2022 from 3:00PM until 7:00PM at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Everyone to meet on Saturday for a viewing from 10AM until the time of funeral mass at 11AM at St. Liborius Church, 35th and Halsted Blvd., Steger, Illinois. Interment: Good Shepherd Cemetery, Orland Park, Illinois. Info: (708) 672-7600.


Service Date: 2022-10-15
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Beth E. Lien

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Private
Cemetery: St Luke's Cemetery 725 Penfield, Beecher, Illinois (Map-it)

Beth Lien age 60 of Crete, Illinois passed away on October 8, 2022.  Loving sister to Jayne Jedlicka; beloved aunt to Sarah (Tom) Balsys; great aunt to Matthew.  Beautiful daughter to the late Richard and the late Ruth (Kelson) Lien.  Cherished niece to Larry (Vicki) Kelson and Shirley Ervin; and many cousins.  A “Special Thanks” to everyone who gave great care to Beth over the last several years. 

Arrangements entrusted to the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois.  Service and Interment: private family.   Info: (708) 672-7600.

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Ronald J Poleski

Funeral Home: Beecher Funeral Home (Map-it)

Ronald J. Poleski age 88 of Beecher, Illinois passed away peacefully on September 30, 2022.  Beloved husband of 60 years to the late Delores F. Poleski; loving father to Susan (late Frank) DeGregorio, Alayne (Mack) Scott and the late Steven Poleski. Cherished grandfather to Kristopher (Laura) Scott, Brittany Scott (Mike), Ryan (Ashley) DeGregorio and Andrew (Tiffany) DeGregorio.  Loving owner to Jinx, his beloved cat. He leaves behind twelve beautiful great grandchildren. 

Cremation rites have been accorded.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Inurnment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Illinois.  Arrangement entrusted to Beecher Funeral Home, 602 Dixie Highway, Beecher, IL 60401.  Info. (708) 946-6000 



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Geraldine 'Geri' M. Romano

Funeral Home: Steger Funeral Home (Map-it)

Visitation: Monday, September 26th from 9AM to 11AM
Service Date: 09/26/2022
Service Time: 11:30AM
Place of Service: St. Liborius Catholic Church 71 W 35th Street, Steger, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Geraldine M. ‘Geri’ Romano (nee Grono) age 77 ,longtime resident of Steger, Illinois passed away on September 19, 2022.  Loving wife to the late John (2012); beloved mother to Melody Romano, John Jr. (Dawn) Romano and Anthony (Gina) Romano.  Beautiful grandmother to Robert, Dominic, Gianna, Vanessa, Vincent, Anthony and Ava.

Visitation on Monday, September 26th  from 9:00A.M.  until 11:00 A.M. at Steger Funeral Home, 125 E Steger Road (34th Street), Steger, IL.   To follow, a funeral mass at 11:30A.M. at  St. Liborius Catholic Church, Steger, Illinois.  Interment:  Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Glenwood, Illinois.  Info:  (708) 754-0016.    

Service Date: 2022-09-26
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