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Antoinette "Tina" DeRosa

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Antoinette "Tina" DeRosa, devoted sister, beloved friend and author, fell asleep in the Lord on Feb. 3, 2007. She is survived by her loving sister, Adele DeRosa of Downers Grove, IL. Tina was born in Chicago of parents, Anthony and Sophie, nee Norkus, DeRosa on Oct. 20, 1944. Raised in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood, she attended Holy Guardian Angel School, St. Mary High School, Mundelein College of Loyola, University of Illinois (MA, English) and Catholic Theological Union. Tina's book, "Paper Fish", published in 1980, received the Illinois Arts Council Award for the manuscript in progress and was nominated for the Carl Sandburg Award. She has also written essays and biographies. In 1995 she won the Jaffe Foundation Award. Most recently of Park Ridge, Antonia became Greek Orthodox in 2005 and will be missed by her spiritual family at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. Funeral services and interment were held on Thursday. Memorials in her memory may be sent to the St. John the Baptist Capital Campaign Fund, 2350 Dempster St., Des Plaines, IL 60016. Arrangements were made by Oehler Funeral Home Des Plaines Chapel. For further info, 847-824-5155 .

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 11, 2007
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