Peter Nicholas Petkovich - 9010/19/2017 - 10/19/2017
Olympia Fields Peter Nicholas Petkovich was born July 10, 1927, in East Hazelcrest, IL and died October 18, 2017 at his residence in Olympia Fields, IL. He graduated from Thorton High School, where he was an all-conference football tight end. At the same time, he worked summers as a caddie at Calumet Country Club, where he developed his love for the game of golf. He served with the US Marines during WWII, with much of his service taking place over seas throughout China and Southeast Asia. After his tour of duty, Peter attended Western Michigan where he studied pre-law. This was followed by further studies, with a special education focus on Real Estate disciplines. Early in his career he worked as a real estate agent instrumental in developing Park Forest with American Community Builders. From there he went on to form his own real estate company in 1956, Town and Country Realty, located in Richton Park. Peter owned and operated the real estate office while also devoting much of his time to his portfolio of real estate investment properties located throughout the south suburbs until retirement. Peter is survived by his beloved wife June nee Vinson, his three much-loved children, Michael (Jodi), Barbara (Allan) Morris and Allison (Paul) Johnson; and eight wonderful grand children, Nicholas (Andrea) and Morgan Petkovich; Brad (Kelly) Ehrlich, Megan (Keith) Wieringa, and Laura Morris; Blake (Lisa), Garrett and Adam Johnson. Additionally, six great grand children, Ella, Melina, Aria Ehrlich and Evelyn, Charlotte, and Wyatt Wieringa. Peter most loved when the family was together, especially when everyone gathered around the “rig” for cookouts. Holiday celebrations were paramount with everyone present, greeted with much celebration and dance. Pete lived for golf and was an avid golfer carrying a single digit handicap for most of his playing years. He joined Olympia Fields Country Club in 1969 with a membership that spanned nearly 50 years, where he remained very active serving on the board of directors and on committees for much of his membership. In addition, he also belonged to Turtle Creek Country Club in Tequesta, Florida where he enjoyed his second home. Private memorial and internment were held. For further information please contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights, 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com
Doris Del Giudice - 926/18/1925 - 10/18/2017
Glenwood Doris Del Giudice nee Tennant, age 92. Longtime Glenwood resident, born and raised in Hazel Crest. Retired in 1984 after 40 years of service for the Illinois Central Railroad. Graduate of St. Joseph’s Grammar School Class of 1940 and Thornton Twp. High School Class of 1944. Wife for 53 years of Nick Del Giudice. Daughter of the late Hazel nee Murphy and John Tennant. Sister of Margaret (late Edward) Eisele. Sister in law of Angie (late Joseph) Coscarelli and Jean (Angelo) Ciambrone. Beloved aunt and dear friend of many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Sunday October 22nd from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral Monday morning, 10:45 AM chapel prayers to St. Joseph Church, 18051 Dixie Hwy., Homewood. Mass 11:30 AM. Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com.
Nancy P. Bogacz - 791/7/1938 - 10/12/2017
Hazel Crest Nancy P. Bogacz nee WIlson, age 79. Hazel Crest Resident formerly of Crete and Steger. Graduate of Bloom High School Class of 1956. Worked 15 years as a Jewelry Department Sales Clerk at Park Forest Sears Department Store. Mother of David (Lois) Bogacz, Susan (Christopher) Gehrlich, and Paul Bogacz. Grandmother of Austin and Chase Gehrlich, Danielle and Rachael Bogacz. Daughter of the late Mazie nee Fuller and John Wilson. Sister of Keith, Pamela, Lynn and the late Joan Wilson. Services were private. For further information Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home 708-481-9230 and panozzobros.com
Daniel G. Walsh - 539/19/1964 - 10/12/2017
Beecher Daniel G. Walsh, age 53 died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 12th. Daniel, a Certified Public Accountant, graduated from Homewood Flossmoor High School and Northern Illinois University. He was the Chief Operations Officer with Children’s Plus Inc. in Beecher. Husband of Sonia nee Fonseca. Father of Joseph Walsh, Diego (Alyssa) and Alejandra (Juan Martinez) Carrillo. Grandfather of Luciano. Son of the late Joseph and Eileen Walsh. Brother of Kathleen (late Thomas) Labuda, John (Carrie) Walsh, Kevin Walsh and the late James, Thomas and Timothy Walsh and Patricia Griffith. Uncle to many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Daniel was a friend and colleague to many. A memorial visitation at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Friday October 20th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Memorial mass Saturday 9:30 AM at St. Kieran Church, 196th and Halsted Street, Chicago Heights. Burial of ashes will be private. Memorials in Daniel’s name to Emory Healthcare, Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322, would be appreciated by his family. For further service information contact 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com
Donald J. Croarkin - 842/12/1933 - 10/11/2017
Chicago Heights Donald J. Croarkin age 84 of Chicago Heights, formerly of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. U.S. Army National Guard Veteran. Don attended St. Brides, Chicago, Quigley Prep Seminary, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary (BA), Loyola University Chicago (M.Ed), Dominican University (MLS) and the University of Vienna. Over the years he was employed by Chicago Public Schools, Springfield Ave. Jr. High in Midlothian and Bloom Township in Chicago Heights. Don Spent 36 years as Librarian at Bloom Trail H.S., where the library was named for him. He was the Co-Director of Bloom Alumni Association since 2000 and served on the Bloom H.S. Credit Union for 30 years. Member of the IEA, NEA and Knights of Columbus. Don was honored with the Christi Fidelis Award by the Chicago Archdiocese. His hobbies included golf, stamp collecting, family genealogy and foreign travel, especially to Ireland and Italy. Don was a giving, selfless, faithfull loving man always willing to provide a helping hand to anyone. Son of the late Eugene Croarkin and Rose Croarkin-Metzinger nee Staskiewicz. Brother of the late Jeannine (Larry) Leaveck and infant Richard Croarkin. Uncle of Suzanne (Joseph) Trujillo, Sean (Angela) Leaveck, the late Laurinne (Michael) Kinney, Timothy (Debbie) Leaveck, and LiAnne Leaveck. Nephew of the late Albert (late Wanda) Nyholt, Monsignor Walter Croarkin, Albert (late Mary) Benson, Rudolph (late Rita) Cross, and Gerry (late Mildred) Croarkin. Special cousin of David (Joyce) Croarkin, Daniel (Chris) Croarkin, MaryRita (Joe) Janz, Martha (Bill) Brennan, the late Tom (Mary Therese) Croarkin and Albert (Sharon) Croarkin. Best friend of Mary Prendergast nee DiGiovanni. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Friday October 20th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral Saturday morning 9:15 am to St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. In lieu of flowers, memorial in Don’s name to the American Cancer Society, 17060 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL, 60477 would be appreciated by his family. For further service information contact 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com
Dolores M. Pittacora - 8710/26/1929 - 10/9/2017
Calumet City Dolores M. Pittacora nee Gayer age 87, Longtime Calumet City resident formerly of Chicago’s Roseland Neighborhood. Wife for 37 years of the late Frank Pittacora. Mother of Claudette (late Marco) Minghetti, Susanne (Ronald) Cimarolli, Francine (late Gregory) Pettenon, Frank Pittacora and Richard Pittacora. Grandmother of Nicole (Brian) Nickless, Christina (Rich) Mathias, Ronald (Katie) Cimarolli, Jacqueline (Chris) Wendelin, Christopher Cimarolli, Katherine Cimarolli, Michael Cimarolli, Gregory Pettenon, Pamela (Andrew) Gibson and Jeffrey Pettenon. Great-grandmother Anthony and Brian Nickless, Leonardo and Nicolas Cimarolli, Alexis, Christopher, Matthew and Emma Wendelin and Andrew Gibson. Sister of Madeline (late John) Dal Santo. Resting at St. Anthony Church, 11533 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, on Thursday October 12th from 8:30 AM until time of funeral mass at 9:30 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. For further service information please contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com
Grace A. Vela nee Alvarez - 752/3/1942 - 10/6/2017
Longtime Chicago Heights Grace A. Vela nee Alvarez age 75, Longtime Chicago Heights resident born in Nueva Rosita, Mexico. St Agnes Church parishioner active with the church choir. Graduate of Bloom High School Class of 1963. Retired from St James Hospital after 50 years service working in the Business Office. Wife of the late Jose M. Vela. Mother of Theresa Roberson, Cecilia (Michael) LoCicero, Claudia (David) Ellis, and Jaclyn (Billy) Adams III. Former mother in-law of Gary Roberson. Devoted grandmother of Jeffrey Jones, Julia Roberson, Geena LoCicero, Alexus Vela, Jeremy Roberson, Geno LoCicero, Daniel Vela, Prinze Ellis-Vela, Jenna Roberson and Joseph Ellis-Vela. Great-grandmother of Eden Daniels. Daughter of the late Maria nee Romo and Alvaro Alvarez. Sister of Armando (Jesusita), Philip, Angela, and the late Oscar Alvarez. Dear aunt and friend to many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Tuesday October 10th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Funeral Wednesday morning 9:15 AM to St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com.
John Vrabec - 896/5/1928 - 10/1/2017
South Holland John Vrabec age 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday October 1st at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy where he had resided the past 3 years. Longtime South Holland resident, formerly of Chicago’s Roseland area. Retired after 35 years of service as a machinist at Argonne National Research Laboratory. John was a Pullman Tech High School graduate and U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. Loving husband for 49 years of the late Gloria nee Panozzo. Devoted father of Lurita (Jeffrey) Garritano. Proud grandfather of Brandon and Sean Maicher. Son of the late Mary nee Buza and Samuel Vrabec. John was an active member of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima and Tresche Conca Society. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Friday October 6th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Saturday morning 9:00 AM to St. John the Baptist Church, 15746 S. Union Ave., Harvey. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com
Yolanda Formentini - 925/12/1925 - 9/30/2017
Lifelong Chicago Heights resident Yolanda Formentini nee Iaconi age 92, longtime resident of Chicago Heights and parishioner of St. Agnes Church, passed away peacefully at her home in LaGrange on Saturday, September 30th. She worked at Cipriani’s for over 30 years as a waitress. Yolanda was born in Chicago Heights to the late Maria and Jack Iaconi. She was a loving wife for 64 years to Louis “Gigi” Formentini. Beloved mother of Paul (Bonnie), Lou and Jeff Formentini, and Mary (John) Harrell. Adored grandmother of Lauren, Emily, Andrew and Bryana Formentini, Vittoria and Ellyson Harrell. Sister of the late Joseph, Arnold and Pasqual Iaconi. She was dedicated to her church, family, work, home and friends. Anyone who knew Yolie, recognized her devotion to her family was first and foremost in her life. She enjoyed socializing with large groups of lifelong friends and was known for her quick wit and her lively sense of humor. Yet, she will be most remembered for her skill in the kitchen. Her cooking and baking were unmatched. The family wishes to extend their deep gratitude to Yolanda’s caregivers, Amy, Sheila and Dima, for all the love and support they provided these past several years and to the many others who were there to lend support when needed. A visitation will be held at St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights on Friday October 6th from 10:00 AM until time of funeral mass at 11:00 AM. Entombment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Yolanda’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated by her family. For further service information please contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights at 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com
James F. Panas - 7411/17/1942 - 9/27/2017
Munster & Columbus, OH James F. Panas age 74. Longtime Columbus, OH resident, recently of Munster, IN. Born and raised in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood/St. Willibrord Parish. 1960 graduate of Mendel High School, 1964 graduate of St. Joe’s College. U.S. Army Veteran/Vietnam. Retired accountant for the United States Army in Columbus, OH. Son of the late Antonia nee Pelk and James Panas. Brother of Adrianne Eagle and Louise Booth. Uncle of Anne (Steven) Duggan and Christopher Booth. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Tuesday October 3rd from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Wednesday morning 11:00 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, IL. 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com
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