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Karolczuk, Steven J. - Crystal Lake  
Steven J. Karolczuk Born: Oct. 21, 1959; in Chicago, IL Died: May 18, 2015; in Crystal Lake, IL Steven J. Karolczuk, 55, of Crystal Lake died May 18, 2015. He was born October 21, 1959 in Chicago to Edmund and Edith (nee Filipecki) Karolczuk. Steve was raised in Harwood Heights and graduated from Ridgewood High School. He married Chloie Almario on October 16, 1988 in Bacolod City, Philippines. Together they had three children, Elizabeth (23), Joshua (18), and Matthew (13). Steve worked for Jewel Foods Inc. at the corporate office in Melrose Park for over 25 years. He was an avid Cubs and Blackhawks fan. Steve enjoyed traveling, Hawaii, fishing, Corvettes, baseball, and above all, spending time with his family. He attended Harvest Bible Chapel and his faith was very important to him. Steve was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Karolczuk; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Almario; and father-in-law, Leonardo Almario. Memorial visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the time of service at 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 24th, at Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 419 E Terra Cotta Ave (Rte 176), Crystal Lake. To leave online condolences for the family visit . For information call 815-459-3411.
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Published in the Northwest Herald from May 21 to May 22, 2015
Kortemeier, Ruth - Rockford  
Ruth Kortemeier Ruth A. (Hayes) Kortemeier, age 92, of Rockford, passed away on May 17, 2015. She was preceded in death by parents, Carl and Elsie (Draeger) Hayes; brothers, Marvin (Nieta) Hayes and Stanley (Vallanee) Hayes; and sister, Evelyn (Jake) Sterman. Survived by her husband of 65 years, Kenneth; daughter, Debra (Ron) Bendis of Woodstock, IL; son, Douglas (Susan) Kortemeier of Eden Prairie, MN; grandchildren, Matthew (Allison) Bendis, Ann Bendis, and Todd Kortemeier. Ruth graduated from the University of Wisconsin, became a registered dietician, and worked in that capacity for many years. She was a full partner in her husband's ministry as United Methodist pastor in churches in Hooppole, Batavia, Mount Carmel, Dixon, Palos Heights, and Rockford. She touched many lives with her kindness, caring, and hospitality. Visitation will be held at Christ United Methodist Church in Rockford, IL, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, with the funeral at 11;00 a.m., and lunch following. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Christ United Methodist Church. The family thanks staff members at Wesley Willows and the community at Christ United Church for their loving care and support.
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Published in the Northwest Herald on May 21, 2015
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