Category Archive: Obituaries

  1. Shaun W. Thacker

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    Shaun Wayne Thacker, born March 12, 1968 passed away suddenly on August 28, 2020 in Joliet, Illinois.  He is survived by his sons Shaun (Malinda) Thacker and Chris (Janelle) Thacker, his mother Janet Slachetka Thacker, siblings, Steven Thacker, Sandra Thacker Barbour and Scott ( Ev) Thacker, grandchildren, Bobby, Ivy, James and Rylee, numerous nieces and nephews as well as many friends.  Shaun is preceded in death by his father Roy Thacker.  

    Shaun’s family is having a wake to celebrate his life on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Gerharz-Capetta Funeral Home from 3:00 P.M. unti 8:00 P.M. at 501 State Street Lemont, Illinois 60439.  All are welcome to stop in with a mask, respecting the 6 foot social distancing. 

    1932 Poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

  2. Stanley R. Czarny

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    Stanley R. Czarny, born February 24, 1945, passed away at age 75 with his daughters by his side Friday, May 29, 2020 in Maywood after suffering from a stroke. He is survived by his daughters Jacqueline Wrzesinski and Julie Smagacz and sisters Marianne Czarny and Carol Godell. He will be greatly missed by his cherished grandchildren, Jacob Smagacz, Anna Smagacz, Andrew Wrzesinski and Alexander Wrzesinski, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Stanley is preceded in death by his parents Harriett and Walter Czarny and sister Janet Ruppert.


    Stan’s family will be holding a memorial to celebrate his life on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at 8586 Tullamore Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60487. All are welcome to stop in with a mask, respecting the 6’ foot social distancing. If you choose otherwise, you may drive by and leave a note with your name and address in the registry at the end of the driveway.


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  3. Martha E. Walton

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    Martha E. Walton, 90 of Lemont passed away on May 7, 2020.  Beloved wife of the late Dale J. Walton.  Loving mother of James D. Walton, Michael G. (Peggy) Walton, Sherry M. (Robert) Bowman and the late Christine J. Zynda.  Dearest grandmother of Deanna McCullough, Dane Zynda, Dustin (Jodi) Zynda, Clayton (Bridget)Walton, Kara (Nick) Rambke and Regina (Brian)Adams.  Martha is also loveling survived by many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.


    Before her marriage she worked at White Fence farm which was right next to the family farm. In marriage she was a homemaker. Her favorite past time was crocheting. She was known for her puppets she created and crocheted. She also loved word puzzle books. Burial will be in Clarendon Hills Cemetery.

  4. Patricia H. Schneider


    Patricia Hall Schneider, (nee Gallagher) 81, of Lemont, formerly of Hoffman Estates, IL. Beloved wife of 62 years of Harold; beloved mother of Thomas (Debra), David (Laura), Andrew (Barbara), John (Amy) Schneider and Mary Ellen (Dale) Zeiger; devoted grandmother of Alison, Katherine (Michael), TJ, Rachel, Matthew, Rose, Henry, Michael (Leigh Ann), Jacob (Nathan), Jessica (Zachary), Matthew, Jack, Ben, Maggie, Gracie, Danny and Michael; dear great grandmother of Ava, Isabella, Mikey, Jackson and Blayze; fond aunt of Kathy, Susan and many others. Preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Nellie Gallagher and sisters Joan Gallagher, Ann Brockmeyer and Ellen LeBeau. Patricia’s Faith in God and her family were the two most important aspects of her life.  Patricia also lived her life in service of others: she volunteered at St Hubert’s School and Church for many years, she was very involved in Scouting and later in life was a board member of St Vincent DePaul. She was awarded “Woman of the Year” for Outstanding Christian Service in 2010.  Visitation Sunday March 1, 2020 from 3-8 P.M. at Gerharz Funeral Home & Cremation Services 501 State St., Lemont. Funeral Mass Monday at 10:30 A.M. at St. Patrick Church 200 E. Illinois St., Lemont. Interment St. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls 1140 Jackson St., Chicago, IL 60607 or Info 630-257-2123 or

  5. Edward H. Sobeck


    Edward Henry Sobeck passed away peacefully on February 22, 2020 after a long battle with kidney disease. He was surrounded by his three sons at the time of his passing.

    The youngest of eight children, Ed was born to the late Leo and Aurelia Sobeck in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the spring of 1937. Due to his mother’s ailing health, at the age of 14 months, Ed and his siblings were taken into care by the sisters of the Holy Family Institute (HFI), a Catholic orphanage on the northside of Pittsburgh. Thanks to the loving care of Ed’s surrogate mother, Sister Videntia, and the heavenly sisters of HFI, Ed went onto graduate from St Francis de Salle High School—and soon thereafter enlisted in the United States Air Force. Towards the end of his time in uniform, Ed met his wife Maureen and settled down in Lemont, IL, where they had four sons together, however, lost one (Michael Jude) shortly after childbirth.  After 47 loving years of marriage, Ed lost his beloved wife Maureen to Alzheimer’s disease in 2007.

    A compulsive giver, Ed will forever be remembered for his selflessness, tireless work ethic, and quirky catchphrases. He touched more lives than he will ever know and his presence will be forever missed.

    Ed is survived by his loving sisters Dorothy Miller and Rita (Paul) Hathaway, devoted sons Eddie (Carol), Greg (Debbie), and Denny, treasured grandchildren Zachary (Alexa), Nathan, Katie, Victoria, Shannon, Natalie, and Lindsey, along with countless other friends and family who were blessed to know him.

    Visitation  is scheduled for Friday, February 28 at Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home & Cremation Services 501 State St., Lemont  from 4:30 to 8:30 PM. A Funeral Mass is planned for Saturday, February 29 at 10:30 AM at St. Alphonsus Church in Lemont

    In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016, or the American Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N Michigan Ave, Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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  6. Marilynn Joy Smith

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    Marilynn Joy Smith (Nee Weck) age 74, Lifelong resident of Lemont, was reunited with her beloved husband Thomas C. Smith Sr. on February 24, 2020. Preceding her in death were her loving parents George and Josephine (Rieck) Weck, her dearest siblings George Weck Jr (Bernice), Laverne (late Rich) Picha, Blanche (late Norman) Leffler, Eleanor (Bob) McMillan, Donald (Mitzi) Weck, Charlene (Jack) Counter and Robert-Bob Weck. Also, her cherished nephews Matthew Weck, Jim Weck, dear Mother-in-law Marge Saucunas and step father-in-law Bruno Saucunas

    Marilynn is survived by her devoted children Tammy Lisk, Thomas (Darlene) Smith and Timothy Smith. Proud “Na Na” to her precious grandchildren Amanda (Cesar) Garcia, Noah Lisk, Tommy and Joey Smith, Step grandson Alex Reamer and Great step grandson Damien Reamer. Also, her dearest brother Norman  (Martha) Weck. Marilynn treasured her many students that she taught over the thirty-four years at happy hands Methodist preschool. She enjoyed teaching Bible stories for many years to the children of St.Matthews Sunday School. She spent many years as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader and was an active member of the Singer-Warner Mother’s Club. Children played a very important part of her life.

    Funeral Services were held Friday February 28, 2020 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church 305 Lemont St., Lemont.  Interment St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Gerharz Funeral Home. Info 630-257-2123 or Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

  7. Marilyn A. Norbut

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    Marilyn A. Norbut (nee Voltarel), 91, of Crest Hill, former longtime Lemont resident, at rest February 12, 2020. Born September 1, 1928 in Chicago, IL to Angelo and Laura (nee Goetz) Voltarel; beloved wife of the late Leo; loving mother of Lora (Robert) Hanley, Cynthia (David) Bagwell, Lea Norbut, Steven (Roseanne) Norbut and the late David Lee (Donna) Norbut; devoted grandmother of David James and Desiree Norbut,  Alicyn and John Hanley, Cameron Sicinski, Morgan and Joseph Norbut, Brandon, Bradley, Azazel, Tys, Blakelee, Dylan, Eagle and Unica Hatch, Brazia Bingham, Keauna Juilfs, Kalaya Conley, Mattea, Tavyn and Trale Quest; dearest great grandmother of many; dear sister Carol Barnas. Memorial Services pending. Info 630-257-2123 or

  8. Joanne M. Hascek

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    Joanne M. Hascek (nee Schuma), 67, of Lockport, at rest January 13, 2020. Born September 2, 1952 in Chicago, IL to Francis and Irma Schuma. Beloved wife of Carl; loving sister of Karen Digles; dearest aunt, great aunt and great-great aunt of several nieces and nephews; loved friend by many. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home, Lemont. Info 630-257-2123 or

  9. Charles B. Sherwin


    Charles B. “Charly” Sherwin, age 36, of Downers Grove, IL, at rest suddenly January 5, 2020. Born June 12, 1983 in Melrose Park, IL. Beloved son of Richard B. and Karen (nee Mooney); loving brother of Faith (Derek Zilligan) Soodsma, Kristin (Michael) Sherwin, Jacquelyn (Edward Dirkis) and Edward Sherwin; devoted grandson of John (Marilyn) Mooney; dearest uncle of Sunny, Raelynn and Johnathan. Visitation Wednesday January 15, 2020 from 3-8 P.M. at Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home & Cremation Services 501 State St., Lemont. Family and Friends are asked to meet Thursday January 16 at 11 A.M. at the cemetery office at Queen of Heaven Cemetery 1400 S. Wolf Rd., Hillside. Interment and services to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery interment chapel. In lieu of flowers a GoFundMe page has been established for Charles. Info 630-257-2123 or

  10. Marsha Sue Reeves


    Marsha Sue Reeves (nee Kiefer), age 58, at rest December 27, 2019. Longtime resident of Lemont, late of Lockport. Born September 15, 1961 in Jackson, Minnesota to Kyle and Jacqueline Kiefer. Beloved wife of Fred for the past 40 years; loving mother of Amanda (Matt) Gincauskas and Hayden Reeves; devoted grandmother of Jacob and Luke; dearest sister of Mark (Jo Ann) Kiefer and Melissa (Bill) Holman; dear sister-in-law of Gail (Randy) May, Paul (Carol) Reeves and Vera Gardner; fond aunt of nieces and nephews. Marsha graduated from Lemont High School in 1979. She was blessed with an infectious laugh and smile. Marsha especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren, baking, and watching her cooking shows.  Memorial Services Sunday January 12, 2019 at 2 P.M. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church 305 Lemont St., Lemont. Pastor Michael Gudgel, officiating, followed by luncheon/visitation at La Dolce Vita 107 Stephen St., Lemont at 4 P.M. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home.  Info 630-257-2123 or