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 mercyhome.org. Info 630-257-2123 or gerharzfuneralhome.com
Category Archive: Obituaries
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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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 gerharzfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
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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 gerharzfuneralhome.com
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 www.gerharzfuneralhome.com
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 gerharzfuneralhome.com
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 gerharzfuneralhome.com.
Jessie Belle Tasharski (nee Wallace-Pinn), 95, at rest December 4, 2019, longtime resident of Lemont. Mrs. Tasharski proudly served her country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. She was a Yeoman 2nd Class in the Navy Waves from 1944-1946 and was stationed in San Pedro, CA, where she processed soldiers discharge papers. Beloved wife of the late Edward; loving mother of Nancy Kosek, Marsha Rizzo and the late Tina Tasharski; devoted grandmother of Michael (Brittany) and Mark; cherished great grandmother of Emerson Belle and Gracelyn Josephine; dearest sister of Thomas (the late Aileen) Wallace, Lawrence (Pamela) Wallace, Sheila (Robert MacKenzie) Jasiewicz and the late Robert Pinn; dear aunt and cousin of many. Edward and Jessie owned the Gerharz Home Furnishings store in Lemont from 1969-1983. She then became office manager for Carmelite Carefree Village in Darien, working there until she was 84. Visitation Sunday December 8, 2019 from 3-8 P.M. at Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home & Cremation Services 501 State St., Lemont. Family and friends are asked to meet Monday at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church in Lemont for a 10 A.M. Funeral Mass. Mrs. Tasharski will lie in state from 9:30 A.M. till time of Mass. Interment Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery. Info 630-257-2123 or www.gerharzfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Illinois Spina Bifida Association 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.
Nedra Gail Cipcich (nee Hinton) 79, passed away November 26, 2019.
Beloved wife of Anthony (Tony) Cipcich, loving mother of Steve (Brenda Peers) Cipcich, Kristine (John) Cremins, Andrea (Ben) Cobbett. Grandmother to Jadelyn, Jack, Ben, & Tony. Big sister to Ed (the late Dorothy) Hinton, Don (Nancy) Hinton, and Leslie (the late Paul) Torres.
Nedra was born in Chicago on June 2, 1940 to the late Edwin & Adele Hinton. She graduated from Westcott Vocational High School in 1958. Her first full-time job was at First National Bank in downtown Chicago. It was at the bank that Nedra became friends with Barbara who fixed up Nedra with her uncle, Tony Cipcich. They married on the first Sweetest Day of 1961. Before she married Tony, Nedra became Catholic and found peace in the Catholic faith where she took on roles as a CCD teacher, eucharistic minister, and sang in the choir at St. Mary’s.
Nedra worked at a variety of places including Holy Cross Hospital, Waldom, Dr. Fernandez’s office, and Christ Hospital and made friends at each of these places—Betty, Sister June, Fely, Eileen, Diane (& Bob) Fran, Beverly, Ed & Pat, Mario, the late Dr. Earl and Maxine, just to name a few.
Although she wasn’t a doctor, she could diagnose like one, and after leaving Christ, Nedra continued to do medical transcription from home, so she could continue shopping at her leisure. It was a sad day when Marshall Field’s and Carson’s closed on Nedra, but she was truly looking forward to the opening of Von Maur.
Being from Chicago, she was a big Bears fan and followed them closely. Of course, watching the Bears isn’t good for anyone’s cardiac health, but Nedra could not be deterred. She was willing to risk her life cheering for the bears 😉
As a mom, Nedra enjoyed giving unsolicited advice to her kids. She would say, “If your mother can’t tell you (such and such), who can?” Nedra was bold, funny, sassy, loving, caring, and a hard worker. People always enjoyed having a conversation with Nedra because she was sure to make them laugh and turn a terrible situation into a funny story in the telling. Nedra was a diligent employee and taught her children to have a strong work ethic. She rarely called in sick and often went above and beyond what was expected of her at work. Although she was a hard worker, she also recognized the downside and would tell her kids “the reward for being good at your job is MORE work.”
Nedra wasn’t happy about the slow decline she was experiencing as she aged, but she continued on—first, with open heart surgery to clear blockages, then eventually—oxygen. The addition of other ailments—COPD, CHF, and diabetes certainly didn’t help her situation. As recently as last month, she said “I would be fine if I died now—I’ve lived 10 years longer than my own parents and 79 is a good age.” She then decided to sign a DNR and made sure to tell her immediate family. She stayed in charge until the end, when she refused to open her mouth for water and tried to take off her oxygen. She was not scared to die, but wanted the pain to stop. We know the phrase is overused, but she truly IS in a better place now.
Memorial Mass Saturday December 7, 2019 at 10 A.M. at St. Alphonsus Church. Interment Private. Arrangements entrusted to Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home, Lemont. Info 630-257-2123 or www.gerharzfuneralhome.com
Kimberly Ann “Kim” Bromberek (nee Bosko), 54, at rest October 27, 2019 at her home in Lemont. Born in Chicago and raised in Lemont, Kim was a graduate of Lemont High School and a devoted employee at Ford Motor Credit Co. until she left to dedicate herself to her family. Kim loved days at the beach, feeling the sun on her face and hearing the peace of the waves. In the winter months she loved spending time with her parents and son in Florida and visiting Mexico with Wes and Adam. Kim could be found at her home in Wisconsin enjoying her summers with friends and family, enjoying a bonfire and cookout. She loved good company, 70’s music, the Chicago Bears, simple pleasures and her son, Adam, the light of her life, heart and soul. Kim was the definition of a true friend and loved beyond all measure. She lived her life with grace, optimism, love and kindness. Beloved wife of Wesley; loving mother of Adam; devoted daughter of Thomas and Patricia Bosko; dearest sister of Jimmy and Michael (Donna) Bosko; dear daughter-in-law of Judith (the late Robert) Bromberek, fond sister-in-law of Michael (Babette) Clare, Wade (Maria) Clare, Matthew (Jennifer) Bromberek, Marie (Lee) Darrow, Rose (Bob) Kale, Ellen (Thomas) Selby and the late Robert (Jo Anne) Bromberek; adored aunt and godmother to many; special friend to hundreds. Visitation Friday November 1, 2019, from 3-8 P.M., at Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home 501 State St., Lemont. Family and friends are asked to meet Saturday for a 9:30 A.M. Funeral Mass at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church 608 Sobieski St., Lemont. Interment private. Info 630-257-2123 or www.gerharzfuneralhome.com. Complimentary valet parking provided at the funeral home. Additional parking at either St. Alphonsus or St. Patrick Church parking lots.