Diagnosed in September 2004 with glio blastoma multiforme (GBM), Rebekah Rimkus went through the standard protocol for dealing with this “always fatal” disease. Through the Loyola Hospital system, she underwent surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible followed by weeks of radiation treatment and chemotherapy. The chemotherapy, Temodar, was a relatively new drug at the time and had astonishing results in spite of the side effects during that period . Even with this treatment however, her prognosis was bleak according to the oncologists: one year, perhaps 18 months. Yet MRI after MRI results showed no recurrence. Rebekah had over thirty MRIs over the period of the next seven years and each one indicated a “promising” scenario. Having tired of the strain and discomfort of the MRI, she decided to forego any further ones in 2011. In May of 2016, the previous symptoms returned and scans indicated that it was back with a vengeance. Her body weakened, Rebekah could not sustain the results of a second surgery and further radiation/chemotherapy and opted to accept the inevitable and entered hospice. She was given “weeks…maybe two months” but lasted into April 2017… almost another year. As her daughter stated in a Facebook post: “Everyone said she wouldn’t make it through September (2016), but she was a strong, stubborn woman, and I mean that with all the love in the world.” Rebekah succumbed to the cancer on Friday, April 21, 2017.
Rebekah was a member of the Episcopal Church in Westchester and served her church in several capacities over a twenty year period. Listed among them was treasurer, Bishop’s Warden, ECW Chairman and member of the Diocesan ECW Board.
After her three daughters were older, Rebekah went back to school, studied, and became a well-known nail technician/esthetician in the Southwest suburbs. She had a loyal following including some local celebrities, among them Cheryl Burton, news anchor on WLS-TV, Chicago.
Born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Rebekah met her future husband, Bill, in a chance meeting. He just happened to be working in Kenosha one weekend in September 1974and it was “love at first sight”. They were together for almost 43 years.
Rebekah was preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Elizabeth Anne and her parents, Alice Jorgenson Totts and Owen Bruce Totts. She is survived by her daughters Rachel Disco (John), Anne Rimkus-Gantwerker (Jeffrey) and step-son William Rimkus (Lynn) of Ojai, California; grandchildren Luke Alexander Rimkus, Emily Rose Rimkus and Eleanor Elizabeth Anne “Ella” Disco; siblings Michael Totts, Karen Kostuch (George), Daniel Totts and Lori Totts. Rebekah had many many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 29, 2017 at 11:00 am at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 South Kensington, LaGrange, Illinois.
Owen Claude Bosard
Owen Claude Bosard,79, of Mokena, passed away April 15, 2017, at his residence in Mokena. Owen was born March 13, 1938 in Traverse City, MI, the son of Clayton and Amanda Bosard. Owen worked at Welsch Redi-Mix for 30 years and for Blackhawk Properties for 17 years. He was a member of Christian Hills Full Gospel Church for 41 years in Orland Hills, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Mary Brooks and Leah Dean and one brother, George Bosard. He is survived by his wife, Claudette of 55 years, of Mokena. He also is survived by three daughters, Annette (William) Colbert, of Bourbonnais, Victoria (David) Huish, Manteno and Ruth Chinski, Aurora. Grandchildren Nicole (Ryan) Bridges, David Thomas Huish, Douglas Owen Colbert, Amy (Blake) Blanchette, Rebekah (Alex) Veld and Abigail Colbert. Great-grandson Ethan Scott Bridges. Owen enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His favorite hobby was fishing and playing cards with his family & friends. As he enters the gates of Heaven, he will be missed by all family members and friends.
Visitation Friday, April 21, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Christian Hills Church, 9001 W. 159th Street, Orland Hills, IL. Visitation Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with a Church Service immediately following.
Geraldine “Geri” Velko
Geraldine “Geri” Velko, daughter of the late Charles & Jean Dyrkacz, was born July 26, 1951 in Chicago, IL.
She worked much of her career in medical billing and in her spare time enjoyed rooting for the White Sox and Bulls and trying her luck on the penny slots.
Geri peacefully passed away at home on April 7, 2017 with her daughter, Laurie Sojak and grand dog, Lexi near her side.
Geri’s year long battle with cancer never broke her spirit and her beautiful life will be cherished by her siblings Nancy (Jack) Wesolowski and John (Jan) Dyrkacz. She is also survived by niece & God daughter Ann (Scott) Douglas along with their children Emma, Grace & Hannah, nephew Chuck Wesolowski, niece Tash (Robert) Torres, Cousins Karen (Bill) Smaltz, Tom (Angie) Rybarczyk, Jan (Doug) DeJarnatt, Judy (Jerry) Novak and many extended cousins and dear friends.
A celebration of life will be held this Saturday, April 15, 11a-1p at Willowview Park in Mokena, IL.
Rosemary Ann Staszel
Rosemary Ann Staszel (nee Jerzak), age 60 of Lockport, IL passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Loving mother of Lisa (Brian) Mackto and Jaclyn Staszel (Fiance John Deutsch). Beloved companion to her pup Marlie. Proud Grandmother of Aidan, Austin, and Ashton Mackto. Dearest Sister to Delores (Ron) Danihel and Edwin Jerzak. Fond aunt, great aunt, cousin and devoted friend to many. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Virginia Jerzak. A memorial for family and friends to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, April 14th from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Lockport Moose Lodge, 118 E. 10th Street, Lockport, IL 60441.
A private internment is being held.
Memorial Service being scheduled. Burial private.
Maria Nancy Hastie