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Diana K. Somrek

 Diana K. Somrek, age 72, peacefully passed away at her home with her family at her side on Monday, September 14th. She will be sorely missed by her husband Robert, her son John, and her sister-in-law Joanne. Diana taught in Gower District 62 for 32 years. She was the fond 3rd grade teacher of over 900 students, many of whom still kept in touch with her. She was well respected not only by her students and their parents but also enjoyed a warm relationship with her colleagues and many friends. After retirement in 2003 Diana continued to teach and enrich students through tutoring. She will be missed. We request that remembrances be made in the form of a donation to the Alzheimer's Association ( in loving memory of Diana.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in the late Spring/early Summer.  For funeral info 630-325-2300 or

William C. Barnhart

William Charles Barnhart, 81, of Burr Ridge, IL went home to be with his Lord on September 12, 2020 after a ten-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  He grew up in Downers Grove, IL and graduated from Downers North High School and The University of Iowa.  At Iowa he met Nan, his wife of 61 years.  Bill & Nan lived in Clarendon Hills, IL for 50 years before moving to Burr Ridge.

Bill is survived by daughters Beth (late Rick) Gray and Debbie (Dave) Shook.  Bill had the great joy of watching his four grandsons Ethan (Sarah) Weber, Griffin Weber, Michael Gray and Daniel Gray grow into wonderful men. Bill is also survived by his brother Ray (Diane) Barnhart.  He was preceded in death by his sister June Pizzi. He was a long time member of Christ Church of Oak Brook and Ruth Lake Country Club.

A memorial service (following CDC restrictions) will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory can be made to Moody Bible Institute (Memo - William Barnhart Memorial), 820 North LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60610.


Ryan R. Gelatka


Our hearts are beyond broken as we mourn the tragic loss, Ryan Gelatka, who suddenly departed this world on Saturday, September 12th, 2020, by suicide.

You would never know it, but this is the dark side of addiction and depression. NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS did we ever think we would be writing these words. Not us. Not our family. Not this handsome, passionate, talented person. God! Our hearts break writing these words; tears fill my eyes, and we can barely breathe as we attempt to write something worthy of this man’s light. NO WORDS will ever be able to quantify what he meant to everyone that knew him. There are no words that express the gut-wrenching pain our family is experiencing because of this tragedy.

You were a loving son, a supportive sibling, a doting partner, a proud father, and the best friend anyone could wish for. He leaves behind the Gelatka family, Lauren Ashley and her son Noah, and his three beautiful & beloved children Caitlyn, Ryleigh & Kinsey.

In lieu of flowers, please help us raise funds for his children’s future to reduce additional stress and allow the grieving process to occur. This will be of great help in the care of his family, Lauren, and his three daughters. The Gelatka Family greatly appreciates your donation by clicking: Ryan Gelatka Family Fund.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 3-8pm at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook, IL 60527. Funeral Service & Celebration of Life will be Friday 11am at the funeral home.

To watch the service live please click the following link: Ryan Gelatka Celebration of Life.


During the pandemic of 2020, data reveals some of the most frightening and staggering spikes in anxiety, depression, substance use, drug overdose, and suicide rates that anyone has ever seen. If you or someone you know is struggling, there are several resources you can reach out to for help, including:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (or online chat)

National Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is for individuals and families facing mental or substance use disorders. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Julie Ann Albert

Julie Ann Albert, age 61 – Julianne was born on July 20, 1959 and passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Julie was a lifelong resident of Darien and Westmont. Loving mother of the late Joshua Albert. Loving daughter of James (Joann) Albert and Diane (nee: Giovanoni) (John) Dzierzynski.

Caring Big Sister of David Albert (Tom Le), Gary (Marie) Albert, Fred (Laura) Albert, Johnny Dzierzynski, Patti (George) Alex and John (Cathy) Brown. Loving niece of “Uncle” Harry Giovanoni, Violet (Barry) Barbier, Dnadean Albert and Karl Albert. Cousin of Deana (Greg) Chittle, Marie (Brad) Sarnell and Patti McLetchie. Aunt of Kaylee Dzierzynski and Victor Alex. Friend of many and a warm and loving animal lover. Julie was a longtime employee of the Oak Brook Post Office.

Visitation Monday September 14th from 3 to 8 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison St; Willowbrook. Funeral service Tuesday September 15th 10:00 am at the funeral home. Interment: Clarendon Hills Cemetery. Information: 630-325-2300 or

Steve S. Waishwell

Rev. Mark A. Matthews, officiating at 3:00 pm

Mr. Angel Gomez

Our Lady of the Mount Church is located at 24th street & 61st Av. in Cicero

Benjamin Schultz

Benjamin Schultz, formerly of Hinsdale passed away unexpectedly on September 1, 2020. Loving son of Timothy Schultz and Jeanine Schultz. Beloved brother of Emily Elisabeth (fiancé Randall Paul Chenier) Schultz and Rebecca Lynn (Adam Dixon) Schultz. Dear uncle of Jacob Dixon.  Dear nephew of Janet (Wissmueller) Ekkert, JoAnne (Wissmueller) Murray, Len Ekkert, Stephen(Nancy) Schultz, Anna Schultz, the late Kristine Peterson, and Joe Schultz. Cousin of Daria Ekkert, Scott, Sandy, Eric, Paul, Matt, Joanna and Theresa Schultz. Ben attended The Lane Elementary School, then Clarendon Hills Middle School. He was a 2007 graduate of Hinsdale Central High School, where he played football all four years. Ben then went to Arizona State University to study business. A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2020, from 4 pm until time of memorial service at 7 pm at 7000 S Madison St, Willowbrook, IL 60527. To watch the service live please click the link below:

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Florence A. Marik

Florence A. Marik, 95 years of age, at rest August 31, 2020.  Devoted wife of the late Frank.  Loving mother of Robert (Mary), Frank (Gail) and Mary Ann (John) Short.  Grandmother of Scott, Brad, Michael (Samantha), Jillian, Melissa (Mike) Hare, Heather, Daniel (Erin), Kelly, and Katherine.  Visitation is Wednesday, September 2, 2020 from 10:30 am until 11:30 am at Adolf Funeral Home, Ltd., 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook to St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale, Mass 12 noon.  Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations preferred to St. Patrick’s Residence, 1400 Brookdale Rd., Naperville, IL  60563 in honor of Florence.  Info at 630-325-2300 or

David J. Rezek

David J Rezek, age 85, peacefully passed away at his home with his family by his side on August 31, 2020.  Son of the late Otto and Claire Rezek.  Dear brother of Thomas Rezek (late wife MaryAnn) and the late Jane Rezek (Vic Schymeinsky).  Loving husband of Ligaya A. Rezek. Devoted father of Robert (Lowen), Francis, and Anna Rezek and to his step-children Albert Solis (Christina), Helen Coughlin (Kelly), Marylou Cleff (Timothy), Esteban Solis, Maria Delmonico (Bryan), Jude Solis (Vivien), and Nestor Solis (Laura). 

Grandfather of Emily (Tim), Valerie, Stephanie (Aaron), Michael Anthony, Jason, Stephanie, Tim Jr., Christopher, Vanessa, Daniel, Bryan Jr., Maria (Josh), Joseph, Charmaine, James, Jacob, Jovie, Donovan, Evangeline, Viviana and Michael Francis.

Great grandfather of Derek, Ava, Leo, and Meredith.

Fond Uncle of the Doherty children: Michael, Coco, Cathy, Chrissy, Paul and the Rezek children:  Daniel, Thomas Jr. Matthew, Michael, and Natasha. 

We would also like to acknowledge David and Ligaya’s longtime caregivers, Juliet Keefner and Katrina Kenady who have been at their side for many years. 

Born in Chicago on June 9, 1935 David graduated from Saint Patrick’s High School in Chicago in 1953.  He then attended Saint Procopius College (presently Benedictine University) as a Divinity Student and graduated Maryknoll of Glen Ellyn in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy.  David excelled in both basketball and football claiming All-City Honors in high school and All-Conference awards in college for both sports.  He went on to study Professional Training of Theology in Maryknoll, New York and graduated there in 1962. 

David served as a Maryknoll Missionary priest in the southern island of the Philippines called Mindanao.  He loved his vocation as a priest and he loved the people for whom he served.  He would always say that the Philippines had the greatest sunsets and waterfalls in the world.  David left the priesthood in 1969 and met his wife, Ligaya.  They married in 1970 and remained in holy matrimony for 50 years.  David and Ligaya returned to Chicago at the end of 1972.  He then spent the rest of his life running his tree business in the southwest suburban area, mainly in Hinsdale.

A very spiritual man, David spent a great deal studying mythology and comparative religion.  His personal collection consisted of many books and VCR tapes of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell and the monomyth theory in relation to the cosmic universe.  David was the epitome of hard work.  He had a unique way of priding himself in his work ethic and his ability to relate to others. He spent a great deal of time volunteering at The Port Soup Kitchen in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago. He always felt there was a need to serve the less fortunate. David and Ligaya continued to be actively involved with the Maryknoll Missionaries. He always wanted to retire in the Philippines but never got the chance.  Well, we can all proudly agree that he will soon be there watching the greatest sunsets in the world. 

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Christine R. O'Brien

Christine R. O’Brien, (nee: Baniewicz) age 88, at rest August 29, 2020.  Devoted wife of the late Francis R. O’Brien for 42 years.  Loving mother of Diane O’Brien, Linda (Renard) Narcaroti, Raymond (Pamela) O’Brien, Colleen Kirchoff, and James (Rasa Knox) O’Brien. Grandmother of Kate (Brock) Marlborough, Erin (Kevin) Bartnik, Daniel O’Brien, Courtney O’Brien, Shannon O’Brien, Casey O’Brien, Greggory Kirchoff, and Elizabeth Kirchoff.  Great-grandmother of Ruby Jean Marlborough.  

Christine was born in Chicago to Polikarp and Jenny Baniewicz. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Rita and Joseph.  She is survived by her sister, Veronica Siwek; and brothers, Ray Baniewicz, Frank Baniewicz, and Steve Baniewicz. 

Christine was a devote Catholic and always kept Jesus Christ close to her heart.  With all that life could present in 88+ years, including her 30-year battle with Parkinson, her faith never wavered. She believed in the power of prayers and it served her well.

Christine loved to travel and see what the world had to offer. She enjoyed seeing different cultures, but what really made it worthwhile was the life experiences along the way. For her, the destination was fine, but time spent with the ones she loved was the highlight of any of these travel adventures. 

Her other passions in life were dancing, golf (yes, she had a hole in one) playing cards with her sister, Ronnie and brother-in-law, Joe, and of course family parties.  Thank you for helping us laugh and smile as we reflect on a life well lived. 

Family and friends will gather on Wednesday September 2nd, for Mass 10:00 am at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 306 West Fourth Street, Hinsdale. Following the Mass, a private family entombment service will take place at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or would be appreciated.

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