OBITUARIES

Donald F. Purcell, Sr.

Mr. Donald F. Purcell Sr., 87, Tinley Park, IL, son of the late Charles F. Purcell and the late Maude A. Purcell (nee Raley) passed away on November 17, 2020 due to complications of COVID.

Donald was born in Great Mills, MD in 1933. He later moved to Chicago to pursue his boxing career and won a Golden Glove. He was a long-time employee, and retiree, of the Continental Can Company in Chicago, IL.  He recently retired from Jewel in Oak Forest after 20 years of service there.

Donald was an avid bowler, having achieved a perfect 300 game.  He also enjoyed reading, genealogy, gardening, exercising, and doing puzzles. Donald was a devoted father and loved his children very much.

His life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children: Renee (Charles) Kehr of Gainesville, FL, Donald Jr. (Barbara) of Chicago, IL, Michelle (Ted) Tomeski of Alsip, IL, Andrea (Donald) Laprad, of Kershaw, SC.  Grandchildren, Heather, Lauryn, the late Robert O. Davis, Tia, Travis, Lisa, Wayne, Brianna, and four great-grandchildren: brothers Charles K., the late Joseph R., Patricia Ann, Robert L., Mary Linda, and Peggy Ann: and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends of Tinley Park and Orland Park Bowl. 

Gordon W. Mertes

It is with a great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Gordon W. Mertes on November 9, 2020 at the age of 68 years old.  He was surrounded by his son and daughter at Christ Advocate Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

Gordon was born in Chicago, Illinois to Gerald and Rose Mertes and was the 2nd oldest of 9 children.  He was a loving, caring, and supportive brother, uncle, father and friend.  Gordon owned his own remodeling business and was a mentor to many in the remodeling industry, including his son, who still works in the industry.  Gordon was a friend of Bill W. and dedicated a lot of his life supporting, mentoring, and helping others when they needed it most.  His words of wisdom, “dad jokes”, infectious laugh, and honesty will not be forgotten by those lucky enough to have had him in their lives.

Gordon is survived by his son, Gordon T. Mertes, his granddaughter Laila Mertes, by his daughter, Tanya Raz, (Jonathan) and he was also excited to be expecting his second grandchild in May (Tanya and Jonathan), his brother Gerald Mertes (Bonnie), Kevin Mertes (Patricia), his sisters Laura Mertes, Eileen (Ronald) Dolansky, Diana (Dennis) Johnson, and Joanna Mertes and is the brother of the late David Mertes and Ronald Mertes.

Services will be held at a future date. 

Melanie Sirois

Melanie Sirois, 55 of Chicago, Illinois, passed away at her home after a long illness on Saturday November 7, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.She was born on November 25, 1964 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the daughter of Rollande Sirois of Dartmouth, Massachusetts and the late Wilfred “Bibby” Sirois.

Melanie was a master pastry chef and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She began her career as an executive chef in Boston.  Working as a personal chef took her to Wyoming and then to Chicago where she made her home as a pastry chef, a personal chef and food consultant. She loved to bake and decorate her famous Gingerbread Houses at Christmas and was a spin class devotee where she met her “Chicago Family.”
Melanie is survived by her loving brother Marcel Sirois and his wife, Eileen, her adored niece and nephews, Lindsey, John and Dan Sirois of New Jersey and many loved aunts, uncles, cousins and cherished friends. She will be lovingly missed by all those who knew her.  
Thank you to the wonderful and caring medical staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital and to the truly amazing nurses and staff at Rainbow Hospice.    

A celebration of her life will be held next summer.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances may be made to: Rainbow Hospice, and Palliative Care, c/o Foundation, Attn: Emily Douville, 2601 Navistar Dr., Building 4/Floor 1, Lisle, IL 60532,  https://rainbowhospice.org/make-a-gift/donate-now/

William “Bill” Michael Brown

William “Bill” Michael Brown, 65, of Oak Lawn, passed on Thursday October 15, 2020. He was born January 27, 1955, in Evergreen Park at Little Company of Mary to William G. Brown and Geraldine B. Brown (nee Shaw).  He received an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering from Moraine Valley. He worked for many years at Unisys and then at the Post Office Bedford Park location as a mechanic. His main passions in life included fishing, grilling, and woodworking. He was an excellent drummer and played for fun and functions. He was active in the American Legion in Evergreen Park.

He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Brown of Oak Lawn; his siblings Gail (Mark Kane) Sizemore of South Baldwin, PA, Russell (Melissa) Brown of Willowbrook, Cathy (David Kucera) Zidek-Kucera of Newark, IL, and Timothy Brown of Evergreen Park; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.

There will be a visitation on Friday, November 6, from 3 P.M. – 7 P.M. at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church at 10400 S. Kostner Ave. Oak Lawn, IL 60453. Internment is private. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Brookfield Zoo at czs.org or the Evergreen Park American Legion Post 854 at 9701 S. Kedzie Ave. Evergreen Park, IL 60805.

Herman Lee Bringle

Herman Lee Bringle, 88, passed away peacefully Friday, October 23, 2020 at Joliet Area Community Hospice, Joliet, Illinois.

Survived by his loving wife, Joyce (nee Cullen), Son Edward A. Bringle, Step children Geni (Craig) Judd, John (Rebecca) Gagnon, Stephanie DeMattia, David (Sandi) Gagnon, Nine grandchildren, Johnny, Crystal (Ronnie), Patrick, Jared (Carly), Danny, Aly (Mark), Kayla, Maddie and Nathan, One great granddaughter, Odette, Sisters Agnes (John Lamar) and Elizabeth (Malcolm), Brothers Harold (Tasha) and J.D. (Nibia) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Herman loved cars and motorcycles! He loved making repairs and would always lend a hand to anyone that needed help. Herman was an honorable man of service and had a servants heart.

A Memorial Serivce honoring Herman’s life will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Judson Church, 2800 Black Road, Joliet, Illinois 60435.

Phillip Henry Klos

Phillip Henry Klos, 64, of North Riverside, Illinois, passed away on September 21, 2020.
He is survived by his sister Pat Albert, his niece Christie View, and his nephew Michael Albert as well as mike’s wife Katherine. He was blessed to have a best friend of 50 years, Bob Slifka who also survives his “brother” Phil.


Preceded in death by his Mother, Audrey Klos and Father, Henry Klos. Also Grandparents, Paul and Pauline Lamich and Mary Maslowski.


Special Thank You to all employees of Ty Miles Inc., where Phil worked for 40 years, and his amazing boss, Steve.  Thank you to the best neighbors anyone could have, Dave and Linda Widlock for their continued and kind care, love and support of Phil for all his years and during his battle with cancer.


We know he is no longer in pain and is certainly sitting in a boat fishing with a cold beer in his hand. He will be missed by all.

Jesse E. Walden, Jr.

Jesse E. Walden, Jr., age 76, of Westmont, Illinois, passed away peacefully at home on July 26, 2020, following courageous battles with both lung and bone cancer.  

Jesse was born at home on a farm in Charleston, Illinois on August 25, 1943 as the only child to Jesse E. Walden Sr., and Gladys (Miller) Walden. During his formative years, Jess enjoyed driving and working on cars and began a lifelong appreciation of marksmanship, shooting at the range with the retired folks of the Charleston area.  Later in life, Jesse would decline requests for help snapping the stems off of fresh green beans, explaining that he had had his fill of that kind of work while growing up on the farm.  

After attending Charleston High School and graduating in 1961, Jesse enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a Medical Service Specialist airman on active duty from 1961 to 1964 and in the Air Force Reserve until 1967.  During his time in the Air Force, he received the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.  Jesse would reflect and draw upon his time and service throughout his life.

Following his release from active duty, Jesse returned to Charleston, serving as a patrolman with the Charleston Police Department. After moving with his family from Charleston, Illinois to Watertown, New York in the mid-1960s, Jesse worked on the factory floor for a local ski lift company for a short period of time, hating it and determining that was not going to be his gig.  So, drawing upon his skills as a natural conversationalist, Jesse transitioned to a lengthy career in sales, first by selling Dodges in New York, and later, heavy equipment, starting with the Elgin Leach Corporation, where he worked his way up the corporate sales ladder through a series of promotions that would take him from New York to Georgia to Ohio again to Georgia, then back to Illinois.  Later, Jesse would work at Stanton Equipment Company (where he met his wife Denise in 1986), Canton Industrial Corporation, and Standard Equipment Company, before opening his own business, Midwest Equipment Sales & Service.  After retiring from the equipment business, Jesse worked at Walden Floral Design in Downers Grove, Illinois, ultimately closing out his working career as a security officer with Securitex, protecting a variety of businesses, including, most recently, Lawson Products, Inc.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Jesse is survived by his wife, Denise Walden; his daughters, Bridget (Damon) Taylor and Mary (Warren) Gilbert; his sons Ronnie Walden, Jesse (Erin) Walden III, and Daniel (Emily) Kurowski; his grandchildren, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jon Gilbert, Coleman (Hannah) Taylor, Shelby (Nathaniel) Baker, Amanda (Alex) MacKensie, Hannah (Michael) Torres, Austin Walden, Alex Walden, Ronni Walden, Laurel Kurowski and Leo Kurowski; great grandchildren, Gabriella MacKensie, Grayson MacKensie, Ava Dickson, Silas Baker, and Blake Gilbert and Lillian Gilbert; and countless friends.

An open, outdoor visitation will be held at the Morton Arboretum’s Thornhill Education Center on Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 10:00 am to Noon, followed by a private memorial service and luncheon.

At his request, Jesse was cremated and he will ultimately be interned at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Jesse praised the care that he received from the VA Medical Center in Hines, Illinois.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Jesse’s memory may be made directly to either (1) the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital by selecting that facility viahttps://www.volunteer.va.gov/apps/VolunteerNow/ or (2) to Seasons Hospice viahttps://seasonsfoundation.org/donate/

Teresa Ellen (Polizzotto) Flucus

Teresa Ellen (Polizzotto) Flucus, age 86, of Naperville, IL. passed away on July 19, 2020, following a courageous battle with Parkinson Disease.  Teresa was born in Gary, IN to Joseph and Margaret (Buscemi) Polizzotto on July 13, 1934.

She attended St. Mark’s Grade School and graduated from Lew Wallace HS in 1952.  In addition to being a homemaker, Teresa worked for the Anderson Company and for US Steel as a production planner, retiring in 1999 after 33 years of service.

She was active in the Sigma Upsilon Alpha Pi Sorority and a lifelong member of St Mark’s Catholic Church in Glen Park, IN where she married Nicholas Flucus on October 20, 1956.  Teresa was proud of her Sicilian heritage, was hard-working, mentally strong, generous and devoted to her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and numerous aunts and uncles. Teresa is survived by her husband, Nick; daughters: Teri Pearson, Kathi (Dan) Tromblay and Sharon (Alex) Zain; grandchildren: Nick, Kristin, and Margaret Pearson; Erica (Paul) DeLuca, Ben and Dylan Tromblay; Nathaniel and Andrew Zain, great grandchildren: Sophia and Scarlett DeLuca, sisters: Angeline (late John) Napalowski and Joan (John) Cox, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church (2949 Willowcreek Rd, Portage, IN) on Friday August 21, 2020 at 11am and will be live streamed through the parish Facebook page.  Private Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association at www.apdaparkinson.org.

Patricia V. Larsen

Patricia V. Larsen, 75, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2020. Beloved wife to Marcus and devoted loving mother to Jessica (Michael) Nickless and Stephen (Amy) Larsen.  Patricia was a wonderful and dedicated grandmother to her five grandchildren Andrew, Luke, Gwyneth, Ellise and Jude.  Dear sister of Robert Polarek and wife Vickie, and the late Richard Polarek and wife Donna Polarek Jocius. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered by her generosity, her unconditional love of her family, her many friendships and passion for travel, music and flowers. Some of her best moments were traveling and spending time with her family on trips to Europe, Disney World and Arizona.

The Larsen family would like to thank all of her friends and family who provided their love and support. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Therese M. Bandur

Therese M. Bandur (nee Jordan) Born 10/11/1929. Died 5/24/2020. Terry was the daughter of Charles and Valerie and big sister to Ronald and Valerie “Vi”. Mom met the love of her life, Stanley, at a St. Hedwig dance in Chicago. They were married on 9/11/1948. Mom always wanted to be a wife and a “Mom”. She did both with love, grace and patience. She had a great teacher in her own mother. Mom and Dad grew their family in Lake Zurich in the 1950’s and 60’s. Surviving through house additions, ice storms and a tornado in 1967.

She lost her beloved brother Ron in 1993, first born son James in 2005, her husband Stanley in 2008 and never forgot the baby she lost in 1959. Mom never said “in-law”, as everyone who came into her family became her ‘sister’, ‘brother’ ‘son’ and’ daughter’. Survived by sister: Valerie Ware, ‘sisters’  Pat (late Ron) Jordan, Charlotte (late Chet) Sanocki and Bernice (late Ed) Bandur.

Mom to: Linda (late James). Sue (Bill) Zaker, Barbara (Joe) Massani, Don (Kathi) , John (Cindy)  and Tom (Janet). GG Terry to: 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Auntie Terry to many nieces and nephews.

We wish to thank  Addolorata Villa in Wheeling and Transitions Hospice for the care given at a difficult time. If thinking about a memorial gift please consider a contribution to Addolorata Villa in Wheeling.

Gary C. Lewis

Gary C. Lewis passed away peacefully on April 12th, surrounded by his wife and sons. Beloved husband to LaVerne, loving father to his 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild: James Lewis and Sue Crackel (Ava and Samantha), Daniel Lewis and Marybeth Orlandi (Nick and Tommy), and Jennifer Lewis and Dan Fannon (Grace, Maggie, and Lewis), and his newest love, Aria Lewis (daughter of Nick Lewis and Aileen Montiel).

Gary started Masters Irrigation, his own sprinkler company, in 1980. Throughout the years, he had employed almost everyone in his cherished Flannigan family. He will be remembered by his generosity, his paintings that he wouldn’t let you leave the house without taking, and his devotional love for his family, Bob Newhart, and Andy Griffith. He was preceded in death by his brother Leslie Ray Lewis and his parents Leonard Lewis and Esther Warren.

A memorial service will be held in Gary’s honor after the Shelter and Stay lifts. The Lewis family would like to thank all of his friends and family who provided their love and support during this journey. Service information will be shared upon scheduling.

Victor Hugo Sotelo

Victor Hugo Sotelo, 38, died peacefully in the arms of his wife and son on March 15, 2020 at his home in Chicago, IL after a courageous battle with cancer.

Devoted father and loving husband, Victor Hugo is survived by his wife Liliana Batres of 15 years of marriage and his beautiful son Matthew Sotelo whom Victor loved very much.

The family would like to say Thank You to all friends and family whom provided their unlimited support and love during this journey. A Memorial Service in his honor is planned for a future date.

 

Patrick Leigh

Patrick Leigh, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 6, 2019. Beloved husband to Suzanne, loving father to his children, loving son of Donald Sr. and Irene Leigh, and loved father of his two dogs. He was a kind, generous, loving man, who was known for his clever wit and would always put a smile on your face. He was surrounded by his closest family and friends. He loved spending time with them as much as they loved spending the time with him. He will be remembered as the fun loving, hard-working man that will be missed by many.