Carl M. Dropka

Carl M. Dropka, age 63, lifelong resident of the Village of North Riverside suddenly passed August 16, 2018. He leaves behind his loving wife of 39 years, Milissa Dropka, nee Mentzer, devoted son, Michael (fiancé Christiana Gentry) Dropka, his mother Dorothy Dropka, mother-in-law, Mildred Mentzer and brother-in-law, Cary Mentzer, and of course Daisy and Lada. Carl was fiercely proud of his 34 year employment in the North Riverside Fire Department, starting first as a paid-on-call, then one of the first… Read complete obituary here

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Dorothy I. Brown

Dorothy I. Brown, age 102, of Delavan, WI, passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at home in Delavan. She was born in Chicago on November 20, 1915 to John and Alma (Engenfeldt) Strain. Dorothy was united in marriage to Lawrence Brown in Chicago in 1935. He passed away in 1990. Dorothy was a disciplinarian at Queen of Peace High School in Burbank, IL. Dorothy is survived by a daughter, Laurel (Vito) Episcopo, of Delavan; five grandchildren, James (Suzanne) Episcopo,… Read complete obituary here

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Arlene “Arzie” Petersen, nee Shafer

Arlene “Arzie” Petersen, nee Shafer, age 82, of Chicago. Loving mother of Sheryl Hallmann and Gary (Nancy) Petersen, grandmother of Tracy (Adam) Keyes, Timothy Sender, Kristin Petersen, Collin Sender and Jason Petersen; great grandmother of Connor Keyes; sister of Lois (the late Joe) Kasper, Selma Locke and the late Gordon (the late Nancy) Shafer; loving aunt and great aunt of many; loving daughter of the late William Shafer and the late Sylvia Shafer, nee Prazak. Memorial Visitation Sunday, August 19,… Read complete obituary here

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Steven M. Sodoma

Steven M. Sodoma, age 63 of Brookfield. Loving brother of Mark Sodoma, James (Darlene) Sodoma and Raymond (Cathy) Sodoma; uncle of James F. (Tiffany) Sodoma, Lisa M. (Jim Judnic) Sodoma and Janice A. Sodoma; great uncle of Grant Sodoma and Nevaeh Judnic. Memorial visitation Monday, August 13, 2018 from 10 A.M. to Time of Service 12 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Interment Private Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside. Memorials appreciated… Read complete obituary here

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Judith M. O’Connor, nee Promnitz

Judith M. O’Connor, nee Promnitz, age 77 of Brookfield. Beloved wife of James C. O’Connor; sister of Larry (Jane) Promnitz; aunt of Mary. Visitation Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 2 P.M. to Time of Service 8 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Interment Private. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

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Patricia Ann “Dolly” Bachar, nee Petrone

Patricia Bachar

Patricia Ann “Dolly” Bachar, nee Petrone, age 80 of La Grange Park. Beloved wife of George D. Bachar, sister of Maureen (the late William J.) Becker, the late Eileen Petrone, Debra Bukowski and Maryellen Fitzhugh; sister-in-law of Emily Joyce; aunt of  Michelle Paris, Eileen Fitzhugh, Tracy Fitzhugh, Briann Blunk; great aunt of many more. Services and Interment Private.  Memorials appreciated to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.   Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation… Read complete obituary here

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Mark Palacios

Mark Palacios, age 59, of Oak Park. Father of Luke Palacios and Noah Palacios; brother of Diane (Eddie Rich) Palacios the late Alan Palacios; step brother of Nancy Greenfield, Susan Johnstone, Jim Callahan, Linda Kampe and John Callahan; uncle to Eddie Rich; dear friend of Lynn Nuzzo. Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018, 11 A.M. at the Prayer Tower Ministries Church, 500 Stryker Avenue, Joliet, IL 60436. Mark had a passion for… Read complete obituary here

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Adleta Altman

Adleta Altman, age 88 of Brookfield. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Altman; sister of Amalie (the late Charles) Moravec, the late Adolph (the late Betty) Altman and Agnes (the late Ray) Rice; loving aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 8:00 A.M. to 9:15 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Funeral Tuesday 9:15 A.M. to St. Cletus Church, LaGrange, Mass 10 A.M. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Information 708-485-2000… Read complete obituary here

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William “Bill” McCracken

William “Bill” McCracken, age 89, life time resident of Brookfield. Beloved husband of the late Lorenza “Lolli” McCracken. Loving father of Lynn (Charles) Vaughn. Family friend of Cindy (Anthony Giannini) Jourdan. Bill was the Police and Fire Commissioner of Brookfield for many years. He owned the Suburban Juvenile Childrens Store on Grand Boulevard. He worked security detail for Illinois Government Dignitaries and the Secretary of State and managed auctions for the Railroad. He loved finding hidden treasures at flea markets… Read complete obituary here

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Krsto Pivas

Krsto Pivas, age 77, of LaGrange Park. Beloved husband of Marija Pivas, nee Nosic; devoted father of John Pivas and David (Christine) Pivas; loving grandfather Jessica Pivas; brother of 4; uncle and great uncle of many. Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. and Monday, August 6, 2018 from 12:30 P.M. to Time of Service 1 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd. 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Information 708-485-2000… Read complete obituary here

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