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James Willis McCraven III
09/11/2021

James Willis McCraven III. 72 years of age, at rest September 11, 2021.  U S Army and U S Navy veteran.  Loving husband of Bernadette.  Dear father of Jamie (Ronald) Howe.  Brother of Stormy Howland and the late Kathleen Gap.  Devoted grandfather of Madeleine and Jackson Howe.  Visitation is Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 2921 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn.  Religious service at 7:00 pm.  Final resting place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at a future date.  Info at 708-484-4111 or www.adolfservices.com.

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Barbara J. Raz
09/08/2021

Barbara J. Raz, 75 yrs. of age, at rest September 8, 2021.  Loving wife of Gerald.  Dear mother of Joshua (Karla) Highland, Micah (Tracy) Highland and Jessica Highland.   Grandmother of Trevor, Kailey, Audrey, Dahlia, Henry, Sloane and Vivian.  Sister of Janet Erickson, Diane (Sal) Campanile, and the late Edward Erickson and the late Robert Erickson.  Sister-in-law of Penny Erickson. Memorial visitation is Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 2921 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn.  Service at 7:00 pm.  Info at 708-484-4111 or www.adolfservices.com.

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Jeanette G. Meril
09/07/2021

Jeanette Meril (nee Chaloupka) 94, left this earth on September 7, 2021.  Born November 8, 1926, she was the beloved daughter of Emma and Frank and pre-deceased by her husband, Joseph; twin brother, Arthur; and sisters Louise and Joyce.  She is survived by her daughter Karen and grandchildren Melissa (Josh) and Dan (Lisa).

Jean was always smiling, perpetually approaching life with great joy and a positive attitude despite the challenges she faced.  She was a proud member of the Women of the Moose (Berwyn Chapter 325), serving in a number of leadership positions.  She cherished the friendships of her Moose Family and participating in weekly Bingo (taking great pride in her mastery of calling the games).  Her years at Central Baptist Village brought new connections and experiences thanks to the incredible care given by the kind and compassionate staff.  The epitome of a people person, Jean’s wisdom and spirit will live on in the countless people whose lives she touched.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to Moose Charities, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL  60539 or moosecharities.org.

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Michael Joseph Widrlechner
09/02/2021

Michael Joseph Widrlechner, of Westmont, passed away on Thursday, September 2nd at Good Samaritan Hospital.   He was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 16, 1954, to the late Charles V. Widrlechner and Rosanne (Riley) Widrlechner.   Beloved husband of Judith (Lehner) Widrlechner.  Loving Father of Terrence C.( Maureen McLaughlin, future daughter-in-law, and her daughter Mackenzie Nicpon) Widrlechner, and Patrick J. (Lisa) Widrlechner.  Grand Dogs Brody and Addison.  Michael grew up in Clarendon Hills, IL. Attended Hinsdale Central High School and was a graduate of Roosevelt University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree and Paralegal Certification.  He met Judy while employed at Jewel Foods.  They recently celebrated 44 years together.  Michaels career path took him from Marketing Director for two Chicago Food Brokers, to a Manager-Trainer for Pier 1 Imports, then on to American International University as an Admissions Adviser, then to Nielsen TV Ratings as a Marketing Representative Trainer for the Chicago Region, ending his career as a Laser Technician for Fortec Medical, “Dr. Laser” as his nephews and nieces called him, traveled to Hospitals in multiple states.  He took pride and teaching and assisting people.   In between career opportunities, Michael substitute taught for Westmont Community District 201, Westmont High School and Supervised the Lifeguards, and Volunteered as a Paralegal Intern at the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Michael was a volunteer for 20 years with Civil Air Patrol, Air Force Auxiliary where he held the rank of 1st Lieutenant.   He was an active member of the Westmont Alumni Police Academy and in the Catholic Church teaching CCD in the God Parent Program at Notre Dame in Clarendon Hills and as an Usher at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.   Michael was an avid fly fisherman that loved sports, and biking but family life was what he loved most, attending sporting events and other activities of his sons.   He treasured the Family Adventures together, hiking, river rafting, boating, snorkeling, scuba, and free diving.  Michael’s life was dedicated to teaching and helping people.  He believed that each day was an opportunity to learn. A visitation will be held on Friday, September 10 from 4-7 PM at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL. masks required, bow ties optional.  Family and friends will meet on Saturday, September 11 at 9:30 AM for a funeral mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 25 E. Richmond St. Westmont, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Honolulu Police Relief Association (hprahawaii.org) 1537 Young Street  #200, Honolulu, Hawaii  96286 or the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation coastguardfoundation.org/guardian2021 394 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT 06378-1807. 

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Gary M. Wolff
08/28/2021

Gary M. Wolff, age 69, at rest August 28, 2021. Devoted brother of David (Joan) Wolff, Ray Wolff, Jeannette (Thomas) Lafond and Carol Houghton, and brother-in-law of Robert Thompson. Beloved Uncle of Marnie, Russell (Julie), Nicholas, Marissa, Brandy and Jeff. Great-uncle of Alyssa. Gary possessed a very gentle and humble spirit. He was very devoted to his family and friends alike, always expressing his kindness and warm heart. He enjoyed many years of riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and attending Toys for Tots on an annual basis. He also enjoyed clay target shooting with his brothers and going to the gun ranges.  He followed in his father's footsteps with many mechanical abilities and doing crossword puzzles.  Before his retirement, he worked as a diesel mechanic, and eventually became a truck driver. In his final months, he enjoyed helping out his nephew Russ & his Dad (Bob) with Russ' woodworking hobby. Gary was preceded in death by his parents Bernice and Chester Wolff and his sisters Diane Sugar (Justin Sugar) and Christine Thompson.

Visitation on Tuesday September 7th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Prayer Service 7:00 pm) at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison St; Willowbrook.

Family and friends will gather Wednesday September 8th at 10:30 am for a graveside prayer service at Resurrection Cemetery 200 W. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Information: 630-325-2300 or adolfservices.com

 

 

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Jim Wright
08/22/2021

Jim Wright, age 57 and a lifelong resident of Hinsdale, died while hiking in the mountains of North Carolina on August 22, 2021. Jim was a smart, witty, generous man who was full of life.  He was a talented software architect who enjoyed solving problems and building strong teams. His passion was his family. He was always planning the next family adventure and he loved to take hiking trips with his wife and son.  Jim was a fantastic father, a beloved son and brother, a crazy-fun uncle, a loyal friend, and an absolute rock to anyone who leaned on him in a time of need.

He is survived by his wife, Bridget O’Hara Wright; his son Daniel; his brothers Kevin (Marilee) Wright and Patrick (Patricia) Wright, and his sisters Elizabeth (Paul) Grizzell and Margaret (Steve Koznarek) Wright, many nieces and nephews, and a family of in-laws who loved him dearly.  Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Brendine Wright, and his sister Mary (Scott) Burnes. 

A memorial visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29, from 5 PM to 8 PM at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook IL. A funeral Mass will take place at 11 AM on Thursday, September 30 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL.  Private Interment at Bronswood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the National Park Foundation would be appreciated.

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Sandra M. Gatto
09/26/2020

Sandra M. Gatto (nee Pettigrew), age 77, passed away on September 26th, 2020. She is survived by her husband, August C. Gatto, of 55 years. Loving mother of Christopher A. Gatto and Kristin (Gary) Wojtulewicz. Proud grandmother of Andrew A. Gatto, Zachary L. Gatto, Nicholas M. Wojtulewicz and Isabella N. Wojtulewicz. Cherished sister, aunt, godmother and friend of many. Sandra was a native of Berwyn, Illinois and the daughter of the late James and May Pettigrew.  A Memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday September 26, 2021 from 12PM untill time of service at 3PM at Adolf Funeral Home, Willowbrook, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Neurosurgical Research & Education Foundation (NREF). https://www.nref.org.

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Evelyn Popela
08/24/2021

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Evelyn E. Popela (nee Dietz) 101 years of life, peacefully passed away August 24, 2021 in her home.  She was born February 28, 1920. Evelyn was the beloved wife and best friend of her one and only love, the late James Popela, Jr.  Evelyn was a familiar neighborhood merchant as the owner of Two Sisters serving the community for 43 years of business.  Not only was she active in her community  but she also contributed to the book by Douglas Deuchler, “Images of America, Berwyn”.  Evelyn is survived by her brother and many nieces and nephews with one great niece named after her.  Evelyn found joy hosting many family gatherings to include bus trips around the US, grand marshalling the Houby Parade, and the Saturday After Thanksgiving bash celebrated at Old Prague where the entire family and friends would gather for some of the best Czech food in Berwyn.  Evelyn is predeceased by her brother Ken, and her sisters Galdys, Ann, and Peggy.

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Don W. Dames
08/23/2021

Don W. Dames, age 72, at rest August 23, 2021. Husband of Patricia (nee:Franks), father of Diana (Justin) Johnson and Judith (Steven) Mura, Grandfather of Abigail and Jordan Johnson and Zephana and Esme Mura. Preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Alice (Ustellas) Dames.  A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday September 1, 2021 from 5PM~8PM at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL.  Memorial Mass Thursday September 2, 11AM St. John of The Cross Catholic Church; 5005 Wolf Rd. Western Springs, IL. Private Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. For funeral info (630)325-2300 or adolfservices.com

 

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Anthony "Tony" Charles Adduci
08/22/2021

Anthony “Tony” Charles Adduci, age 73, at rest August 22, 2021. Tony was a decorated Vietnam Army Veteran. Loving husband of Julie M. Adduci (nee: Bolger) for 49 years. Devoted father of Alexandra and Danielle Adduci. Dear brother of Dennis (Mary) Adduci, Angela Adduci and the late Joseph (Margaret) Adduci. Fondly know as “Uncle Tones” by his many nieces and nephews.

Visitation Thursday August 26th from 3:00 to 8:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 2921 S. Harlem Avenue, Berwyn. Funeral Service Friday August 27th, prayers 8:45 am at the funeral home proceeding to Mass 9:30 am at St. Leonard Church 3318 Clarence Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402. Interment: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Tony was a longtime member of The Holy Name Society, who loved coaching basketball and softball at St. Leonard Church as well as sharing his coaching skills with the Berwyn Recreation Department. Tony was a huge lover of Walt Disney world and always lived by the motto "never grow up" he was also an avid White Sox and Chicago Bears fan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)  PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 https://www.dav.org would be appreciated. Service information: 708-484-4111 or adolfservices.com

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