Category Archive: Obituaries

  1. Nedra Cipcich

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    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









  2. Kimberly Ann “Kim” Bromberek

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    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 Complimentary valet parking provided at the funeral home. Additional parking at either St. Alphonsus or St. Patrick Church parking lots.

  3. Michele Jane Neill

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    Michele Jane Neill, 79, at rest October 24, 2019 at Franciscan Village in Lemont. Born August 7, 1940 in Chicago, IL. Devoted daughter of the late Mary and James Neill; loving cousin of George Kanary, MaryEllen (Paul) Bielat, Nancy (Ernest) Kummer, William Keenan and many more. Former nurse-anesthesist at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. Funeral Mass Tuesday October 29 at 11:30 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at Franciscan Village 1270 Franciscan Drive, Lemont, IL 60439. Visitation at the Chapel from 10:30-11:30 A.M. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Lemont. Info 630-257-2113 or

  4. Marie S. Brown

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    Marie S. Brown, age 94, longtime resident of Lemont, passed away on October 20, 2019.  Beloved wife of the late Russell.  Fond twin sister of the late Joseph Kendziora.  Loving mother of Sue (Joe) Moseman, Alan (Karen) Brown, and Cheryl (Joe) Maas.  Grandmother to Christina (Kevin) Roberts, Alyssa (John)O’Toole, Matthew (Emily)Brown, and Nicolette and Samantha Maas. Great grandmother to Jack, Madeline and Teddy O’Toole, and Bennett, Ellie and Lynn Brown.  She was also beloved by her many cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was proud of her work on the Manhattan Project, which helped end WWII saving the lives of many  US soldiers.  Lifetime member of St. Alphonsus Church and a member of their Altar Rosary Society. Memorial Mass at St. Alphonsus Church to be announced at a later date. Info 630-257-2123 or

  5. Dorothy A. Nispuruk

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    Dorothy A. Nispuruk (nee Radjenovich) age 91, of Lemont and Bedford Park, at rest October 17, 2019 at Franciscan Village in Lemont. Born October 25, 1927 in Lemont, IL, to Joseph and Josephine Radjenovich. Beloved wife of the late Frank; loving sister of the late Eleanor Bernatowicz and Robert Radjenovich; dearest aunt of Michael (Debra) Bernatowicz and John Trumbich. Visitation Wednesday October 23, 2019 from 9-11 A.M. at Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home & Cremation Services 501 State St., Lemont followed by an 11 A.M. Funeral Service. Interment Resurrection Cemetery Justice, IL. Info 630-257-2123 or

  6. Chester “Terry” Polejewski


    Chester “Terry” Polejewski, age 75, of Joliet, at rest July 31, 2019 at Franciscan Village in Lemont. Beloved husband of Dorothy (nee Schreiner); loving father of Richard (Melissa) Plana and Michelle (Mark) Robbins; devoted grandfather of Richie Wiencek, Luke, Lily and Lexi Robbins; dearest nephew of Clara; fond uncle of Steve Schreiner, Sharon Groves, Susan Druga, James, Christine and Sara Prescott, Elizabeth Rabon, the late Jennifer Copps; Adam and Daniel Plana. Visitation Friday August 2, 2019 from 4-8 P.M. at Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home 501 State St., Lemont. Funeral Mass Saturday 10 A.M. at St. Alphonsus Church in Lemont. Prayers will begin at the funeral home at 9:30 A.M. Interment private. Info 630-257-2123 or

  7. George S. “Crow” Carter

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    George S. “Crow” Carter, age 93, longtime resident of Lemont, at rest July 17, 2019 at his home. Proud United States Army Veteran, World War II. Born October 7, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Sylvester and Anna Carter. Beloved husband of Barbara “Barb” (nee Beck); loving father of Sharrin (Ron) Bushman, Maryclaire, Jeanne, Gary, the late Alan and his honorary daughters Gizelle (Don) Burwhat and Cindi (Paul) Buck; devoted grandfather of John (Karen), Bushman, James (Katy) Bushman and Chris (David) Kreutz; dearest great grandfather of Noah, Isabelle, Sophia, Joseph and Owen; dear brother of Ronald and Dennis Carter. Visitation Saturday July 20, 2019  from 3-7 P.M. at Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home 501 State St., Lemont. Funeral Services at 7 P.M. Interment Private. Info 630-257-2123 or 

  8. Christopher Andrew Garcia


    Christopher Andrew Garcia, suddenly, age 27, at rest May 13, 2019. Beloved father of Vincent; loving son of Jose and Maria Garcia; dearest brother of Giuseppe (Marilena)  and Brittney Garcia. Visitation Wednesday May 15, 2019 from 4-8 P.M. at Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home & Cremation Services 501 State St., Lemont. Funeral Thursday 10 A.M. at St. Patrick Church, Lemont. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Justice IL. Info 630-257-2123 or

  9. Paul Kazen


    Paul Kazen, age 69 of Lemont, at rest April 13, 2019 at Lemont Nursing & Rehab. Beloved husband of the late Patricia nee Bailey; loving father of Jeff (Lauren); devoted grandfather of Katrina, Shane, Aydan, Isabella, Robert and Molly; dearest brother of Daniel Kazan and Joy Hofstra. Paul was a retired chemical compounder for GC America. Interment private. Arrangements entrusted to Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Info 630-257-2123 or

  10. Charles R. Cicora Sr.


    Charles R. “Charlie” Cicora Sr., age 74, suddenly at rest April 7, 2019. Longtime resident of Lemont. Beloved husband of the late Patricia Ann (nee Thomas); loving father of Serena Renee (Ronald) Mastro, Theresa Tammy (John) Hayes and Charles R. Jr. (Cindy Kucinski); devoted grandfather of Miranda, Mitchell, Marissa, Eirhan, Patrick, Maeve, Reagan, Kyrsti and Logan; dearest great grandfather of Lukasz and Sophia; dear brother of Jerome Cicora; fond uncle of nieces and nephews.                                                                                                                                                                                      Born Januray 28, 1945 to the proud parents, Lilian and Charles; and little brother to Jerome. He grew up in Chicago and graduated Gage Park High School in 1963. He enlisted in the navy in October of 1963, serving on the USS Van Vooshis and the USS Yosemite. He completed his service in 1966 and went on to work and college. He fell in love in 1970 and married Patricia Ann Thomas. Together they raised three wonderful children; Serena, Tammy and Chuck Jr. We are the family of hugs and kisses. Charles was a devoted dad, always present; doing anything he could to make life easier for his family, even if it meant running to the store ten times a day. He was a proud “Papa” to his 9 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Charles was a very detailed oriented and loved making lists. His family joked about him being the charts and graphs guy. He worked for the World Book Encyclopedia Company for 20 plus years and then another 20 plus years with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, as manager, ISB operations. Charles retired for a short time then returned to work on a part time basis. He loved spending time with his family, friends and his dog “Baby”. He was deeply rooted in his Catholic faith and always looked forward to his dinners with his 8th grade St. Turibius friends. Charles was a diligent worker and had a system for everything. Although he would be constantly changing the system, projects would always get done. He loved staying busy working on Legos, his trains, taking Baby for walks or just projects around the house. But, if you needed him, he would drop whatever he was doing to help you. He was one of a kind and loved by many, who,  will miss him IMMENSELY. Memorial Visitation Tuesday April 16, 2019 from 3-8 P.M. at Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home & Cremation Services 501 State St., Lemont. Memorial Mass Wednesday April 17 at 11 A.M. at St. Patrick Church , 200 E. Illinois St., Lemont Info 630-257-2123 or