Current Services

George C. Gahalla  -  89
  Sauturday, September 22
George C. Gahalla, 89, of Elk Grove Village for 55 years peacefully passed away at home on September 17, 2018. He was a 44 year employee of RCA and retired as a District Sales Manager; member of Palatine Hills Golf Course and Pinecrest Golf Club. George was the beloved husband of Rita R. nee Wiegard for 65 years; loving father of Grace M. (Timothy) Decker and Gwen R. Vaccarino; dear grandfather of Aubrey (Mark) Hoffmann, Jessica (Brett) Kinzler, Jennifer Decker, Dean Vaccarino, Lindsay Vaccarino; cherished grandfather of Alyvia, Alyse, Amelya, Addison, Colin and Kate. Visitation Saturday, September 22 from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 3 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. Private inurnment at St. Michael Cemetery, Palatine. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, are appreciated. For more info, 847-640-0566 or grovememorialchapel.com
Maria Del Carmen Vazquez  -  77
  Friday, Sept. 7, 2018
In the early morning of August 31 , 2018, Maria del Carmen Vazquez (Rangel Reyes) passed peacefully in her home with her family.Maria del Carmen (known as “Carmen”) was born on March 22nd, 1941 to Otilio and Maria del Carmen Rangel (know to all as “Lita”) in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up on the Southeast side when the steel mills were going three shifts year round. Her father Otilio worked in the mill and would often take her as a little girl to the local taverns to join him and his coworkers in their merriment, which often featured live music by such greats as Muddy Waters and Louis Armstrong. From then on, she has always had a deep appreciation for all styles of music. Otilio passed tragically when Carmen (also known as “La Baby”) was just 7 years old. She always kept him in her heart and would often fondly share every memory she had of him. We have no doubt he was there to greet her with open, loving arms. Her mother, “Lita”, then forged ahead working and raising four young children alone. Yet, at thattime, her faith, family, friends, community, and church were all there to help. Something she always noted and deeply, humbly appreciated. She always worked hard to provide a comfortable home, a deep loving memory of their father, and a deep connection to her home town of Piñicuaro, Guanajuato in Mexico. This love still is felt through all of Lita’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Carmen took loving care of both her mother-in-law, ElisaVazquez, and her own mother, Lita, as their health waned. Lita’s passing was a great loss to theextended Rangel family and Carmen missed her profoundly. But, there is solace knowing she is with her parents that she loved and missed so much.Carmen resided in Elk Grove Village for over 45 years. She and her husband Albert raised threechildren there while maintaining a very active work life. She worked as a translator and volunteer for the Pilsen-Little Village Community Mental Health Center for many events, proposals, and materials. She also worked secretarial positions for Illinois Board of Education Bilingual Programs, Bilingual Education Services Center, Plainfield Migrant Workers, Motorola, law-firm Allegretti and Witkoff, and finally Elk Grove School District 59’s John Jay and Salt Creek Elementary schools. She even enjoyed a brief venture as a restaurateur in the midst of it all. People came from all over to enjoy El Rincon de las Flores, which received great reviews.She welcomed all into her home with a big, warm smile, good cheer, and great food. She had a great love for her family, friends, and her children’s friends and families, feeding, consoling, advising and joking with them as the need would arise. She always enjoyed having “drop-in” visitors. We know she and her home will be missed. Lastly, her children wish to thank the Elk Grove Fire Dept. and Elk Grove Police Dept. for their kindness and generosity given to Maria del Carmen as her health waned. They also wish to thank the many restaurants and restaurateurs that Carmen befriended. Tapalpa, for their special friendships and serenatas, Tortas Locas for their special deliveries, The Rose, for letting her take the bread, Peapod for their deliciousness and New Dehli, for their special medicinal recipe made for her. Mom had a special relationship with cooks and restaurateurs everywhere. We will miss going to restaurants with her. Thank you.Maria del Carmen is survived by her loved and loving siblings Anthony, Ralph, and Christine; her children Albert (Michelle), Myrna (James Abrams), and Steven (Mariola Kosinski); her grandchildren, Camilla, Zachary, Gabriella, Delilah and Magdalena and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Maria del Carmen is preceded in death by her parents, Otilio and Maria del Carmen Rangel (Reyes).Visitation will be Friday, September 7th, 3pm to 9pm with a 7pm service at Grove Memorial Chapel 1199 S. Arlington Heights Rd. In Elk Grove Village 60007. A Memorial Mass will be held at her childhood parish on Friday, September 14th, 10am at St. Kevin's Church.10509 S.Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60617. Phone(773) 721-2563