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Alekna, Johanna - Homer Glen  
Johanna C. Alekna, Age 92, formerly of Marquette Park and Tinley Park. Cherished daughter of the late John and Amelia. Loving sister of the late John (the late Gladys) and Victor (Helen) Alekna. Devoted aunt of Lauren, Paul (Melinda) and David (Pam) Alekna. Great aunt of 5; dear friend of many. Visitation Tuesday 10:00 am until the time of Mass 11:00 am at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Marian Village; 15624 Marian Dr. Homer Glen. Interment St. Casimir Cemetery. Longtime retired employee of the Federal Reserve Bank, original and very active resident at Marian Village. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital appreciated. 708-301-3595 or rjmodellfh.com .
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Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2015
Alterson, Gina - Buffalo Grove  
Gina Alterson, nee Jacobs. Beloved wife and best friend of the late Howard Alterson. Loving mother of Gary (Hannah), Harold (Kimberly) and Heather Alterson. Proud nani of Rebecca, Lia, Samuel and Kayleigh. Cherished daughter of Jack Jacobs, the late Kitty Jacobs and the late Gerrard Freeman. Dear sister of Stephen (Connie) Jacobs, Lynne Hall, Scott (Jill) Jacobs and Michael (Elizabeth) Jacobs. Service Tuesday 12 noon at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 195 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. (1 block N. of Lake Cook), Buffalo Grove. Interment Westlawn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org . Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals-Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com
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Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 28 to Mar. 2, 2015
Belcove, Fred - Skokie  
Fred M. Belcove age 89, Army veteran of WWII. Beloved husband of Merle nee Ginsberg. Loving father of Ira (Elizabeth Marcus), Amy (Mark) Bernstein and Julie Belcove. Adored Grandpa/Poppy of Rachel, Eric, Jonathan, Maya, Nina and Sascha. Also proud father of Laura (Bernard) Jacobson and Wendy (Tony) Frink and grandfather of Sam and Casey. Dear brother of the late Allan (Beatrice) and brother in law of the late Marjorie Gilbert. Memorial service Tuesday 11AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Illinois Spina Bifida, www.i-sba.org , Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, www.ccfa.org or Mulitiple Sclerosis Society, www.nationalmssociety.org . Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com
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Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Mar. 2, 2015
Bettis, Thomas - Katy  
Thomas "Tom" William Bettis died on February 28, 2015. He was born on March 17, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois to William and Gertrude Bettis. On June 4, 1955, he married Valerie Jeanne deLanuex in West Lafayette, Indiana. Tom and Valerie were happily married for 48 years until Valerie's death in 2003. They shared a love and devotion to one another and their three daughters, Lisa, Karen, and Krista. Both Tom and Valerie were graduates of Purdue University where Tom was a two-time All-American football player. After graduation, Tom was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first-round of the NFL draft. He had a successful 9-year NFL playing career for the Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chicago Bears. After his playing career, Tom went on to coach in the NFL for 30 years, including for the 1969-70 Super Bowl IV Champions and the 1966-67 AFC Champions, Kansas City Chiefs. Tom was also inducted into both the Purdue University Athletic Hall of Fame and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. He retired from coaching with the Houston Oilers in 1995 and resided with his wife, Valerie, in Pearland, Texas. He has recently been living in Katy, Texas for the past 8 years. He is preceded in death by his wife and his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Krista Mayzer, of Katy, Texas, and her husband, Mike, and grandchildren, Ashley, Andrea, and Matt; his daughter, Karen Kannard, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and her husband, Kraig, and grandchildren, Brian, Eric and his wife, Robin, and Aaron; his daughter, Lisa Snyder, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and her husband Dan, and grandchildren, Kyle and his wife Megan, Kevin, and Scott; his brother, Harvey Bettis, and his wife, Ann, of Tucson, Arizona; and his sister, Kathy Bettis, and her husband, Tim Wagner, of Waunakee, Wisconsin. His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in Katy, with Father Dat Hoang officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so in support of the Alzheimer's Association.
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Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Mar. 2, 2015
Bogan, John "Jack" - Chicago  
John "Jack" Francis Bogan, 78, of Rosemont IL, passed on January 19, 2015 at Resurrection Hospital, Chicago. Born July 3, 1936 in Chicago to Mary and James Bogan. Retired from Peoples Gas. Jack's avocation was horse racing; member of VFW, American Legion and Elks. Predeceased by parents, brother James Joseph Bogan (Jerrine), cousin Rosemary Krause; survived by sister, Rita Bogan, Berwyn; sister-in-law Jerrine Bogan, Pasadena, CA; and many nieces,nephews, and cousins. Memorial gathering at 1:00 pm on March 14, 2015, The Great Escape, 9540 Irving Park Road, Schiller Park, Illinois 60176.
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Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Mar. 1 to Mar. 8, 2015
Bowker, Sharon - Oak Lawn  
Sharon L. Bowker nee Zurek. Beloved Wife of Roland D. Bowker. Fond Mother of Ronald Bowker & Wendy Bowker. Cherished Daughter of Alice nee Worwa & the late Mathew Surek. Dear Sister of Carol (Irwin) Kungis & Larry (Christine) Zurek. Caring Aunt of many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Proud Godmother of Matthew, Margi & the late Timothy. Funeral Wednesday March 4, 10:00 am from Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home, 5570 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn to St. Linus for Mass at 11:00 am. Interment Private. Visitation Tuesday March 3, from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm. www.thompsonkuensterfuneralhome.com 708-425-0500
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Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Mar. 2, 2015
Brown, Bernadine - Lake Forest  
Bernadine "Dina" Brown our dear girl went home on February 17, 2015. A return so needed after so many years of health challenges which she faced with unbelievable courage and tenacity. Dina was a caring, determined, and a take charge woman. Her strength enabled her family to grow with confidence and character. Her participation in The Deerpath Garden Club, The Junior Women's Club, Adult women's return to school scholarship programs and The Chicago Botanic Garden all had her enthusiasm and energy. She leaves behind her husband Dennis; her sons David and Scott; and her sister Arlene Reitz. A life that touched so many, will be forever missed. Memorial Visitation from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Wenban Funeral Home, 320 Vine Ave., Lake Forest, IL. Interment will be private. Info. www.wenbanfh.com or (847) 234-0022.
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Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 28 to Mar. 5, 2015
Campbell, Eleanore - Chicago  
Eleanore (Elly) Briggs Campbell, 93, passed away on February 7, 2015, in Palm City, FL. Elly was born in Newark,New Jersey, A long time resident of Glenview, Elly graduated from New Trier High School and attended Northwestern University. Elly was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, an avid reader and golfer. She was a former employee and supporter of the Glenview Public Library. Elly and her husband Robert were long time members of Sunset Ridge Country Club. Elly was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Alberta Briggs, her husband of 64 years, Robert S. Campbell, her daughter, Allison, and her brother Phillip Briggs. Elly is survived by her two sons, Steve (Adra) and Chris (Tiffany), six grandsons, Robert (Aimy), Briggs, Adam (Mara), William, Grant, and Peter and one great-granddaughter, Anna. A memorial gathering will beheld at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice http://www.tchospice.org/giving/donate or 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL, 34997,
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Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 25 to Mar. 5, 2015
Carlson, Valerie - Arlington Heights  
Valerie Carlson, 79, of Libertyville, passed away February 22, 2015. Valerie was born in 1935 in Bristol, England. Raised in Cheltenham, in the Cotswolds. She attended the Rotunda School for Girls, and later, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Valerie married Robert Carlson, an officer in the U. S. Air force, in 1956. Valerie had her first child, Walter (Caroline) Carlson in England in 1957. She moved to Robert's hometown of Libertyville in 1958. Valerie had two daughters, Suzanne (Dwayne) Liermann and Diana Carlson, and one granddaughter, Lily Liermann. Valerie was an active member of the Village Players for many years. Valerie and her friend, Dyanne Earley wrote and co-directed the first six plays which started Lincolnshire Marriott's Theater for Young Audiences. Valerie worked for 23 years as Conference Director at Lake Forest College. She was also a public speaking consultant for Abbott Laboratories. Valerie became a U.S citizen on Sept. 8, 2000. After her retirement, Valerie found great pleasure and satisfaction in restoring the Sunken Garden at Butler Lake Park. Valerie was an animal lover. Many of the pets she had over her lifetime had been stray or unwanted animals and she gave those animals a loving home. A donation, to the Society of St. Francis, 12300 116th Street, Kenosha, WI 53143 or an animal organization of your choice would be greatly appreciated. A memorial service in the Sunken Garden and a luncheon for family and friends will be held in the spring.
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Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 26 to Mar. 5, 2015
Carpentier, Pierre - Chicago  
Dr. Pierre Jean Carpentier, age 84, passed away at Highland Park Hospital in Highland Park, Illinois, February 17, 2015. Born October 13, 1930 in Courbevoie, France to Louis and Amelie Carpentier, Pierre lost his father at the battle of Dunkirk in 1940 when he was just 10 years old. Pierre attended the Lycée Carnot, and obtained medical degrees from the Faculté de Medecine in Paris, France and as a Fulbright scholar in the US from Georgetown and George Washington University. Pierre married Laura "Lee" Ellen Eastman in 1968 in Paris where they lived until 1983 when they moved to Lake Forest, Illinois. He practiced internal medicine at the American Hospital in Paris, among other institutions, but spent most of his career in pharmaceutical research in France and the US. Pierre specialized in pulmonary disease and worked at Laboratoires Servier, Schering, and finally Abbott Laboratories where he was Director of Clinical Research for Southeast Asia and the Middle East, developing several key asthma drugs, until his retirement in 1997. He was active in the French community in Chicago, attended weekly Grand Rounds at the Chicago Medical School in North Chicago and continued to travel to France with his wife every summer until recently. Pierre was passionate about medicine, his homeland, adored his wife and daughter, and having overcome significant adversity as a child and young man, had an inimitable "joie de vivre", achieving success on both professional and personal fronts. He and his wife of 46 years were very loving parents and grandparents who will be greatly missed. Pierre was predeceased by his wife Lee, his sister Huguette Bonnet, and his nephew and godson Louis Bonnet. Survivors include his daughter Laure Cousineau, son-in-law Matthew Cousineau, their three children Charlotte, Sophie and Sebastien; his brother-in-law Henry Bonnet; niece Nathalie Bonnet and nephew Simon Bonnet. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 7, at St. Mary's Church, 175 E Illinois Rd, Lake Forest, Illinois. Relatives and friends are welcome at the service and the reception at The Market House restaurant immediately following the mass.
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Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 21 to Mar. 6, 2015
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