Current Services

Mary Lou Damato
Mary Lou Damato of Elk Grove, formerly of Chicago, tap-danced her way toward the music and light on Nov. 7th after a long determined fight against metastatic breast cancer. She was 29 yrs. old, at heart. Mary Lou enjoyed a successful career in retail and outside sales but her most recent position and personal favorite was as bartender and manager for VFW Post 3579 in Park Ridge. Her passion for Chicago sports, travel, parties and cooking Italian favorites made her lively in spirit and a good friend to many over the years especially Roberta Schmitz and Marilyn Moskal. Cherished Aunt to Karen Okon Murtha (Brian), Thomas J. Okon (Joy), Dr Nicholas J Okon (Mary) and Julie Okon. Devoted great-aunt to Lauren Murtha Trach (Tim), Brian & Patrick Murtha, Joseph & Clara, Harrison & Sophie Okon. Fond sister-in-law to Harold J. Okon. Loving cousin to the Damato, Gentile, and Craig families. Italian cousins to the Rago, Larson and Costana families. Preceded in death by her sister Diane Damato Okon, brother Nicholas J. Damato and parents Nicholas J. and Theresa A. Damato. Visitation on Friday Nov. 11th from 4-8PM, Grove Memorial Chapel 1199 S Arlington Heights Rd, Elk Grove Village. Chapel prayers Saturday Nov. 12th 10:30 a.m., proceeding to Queen of Rosary Church 750 W. Elk Grove Blvd for 11 a.m. Mass. Interment at Mt Carmel cemetery 1400 S Wolf Rd, Hillside IL 60162. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to
Mary Grace Barone  -  69
Mary Grace Barone, 69, of Elk Grove Village for 27 years passed away November 5, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert R. (1996); loving mother of Robert (Lynn) Barone, the late Tina (John) Carlson and Lisa (Jay) Barker; cherished grandmother of Anthony, Marinna, Marissa, Amanda, Noah, John, Benjamin and Carly; dear sister of Letizia, Alex, Rita and the late Antoinette. Visitation Wednesday, November 9, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. Chapel prayers Thursday, 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, proceeding to Queen of the Rosary Church for 10 a.m. Mass. After Mass, those wishing to attend the internment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, are asked to arrive at the cemetery by 11:30. There will be no procession.
Eric Chen  -  66
  Sunday, November 13, 2016
Eric Chung Min Chen, 66, of Itasca for 32 years passed away on November 6, 2016 in Elk Grove Village, IL. Eric was the beloved husband of Judy H. Chen for 40 years; the loving father of Victoria W. (Matthew) Haas and Alexander S. Chen; and the dear grandfather of Ryan W. and Kyle E. Haas. A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, November 13, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. followed by a reception until 1 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village.
Kenneth J. Sliwa
  Monday Oct 31 - Tuesday Nov. 1, 2016
Kenneth J. Sliwa, 75 of Des Plaines was born in Chicago and passed away October 27 at Alexian Brothers Med. Center.  He was an army veteran.  Beloved husband of Sandra for 49 years; loving father of Keith J. (Jenny) and Kenneth J. Sliwa; cherished grandfather of Haley Sliwa; dear brother of Russell (Chris) and Joseph (Margo) Sliwa, Debbie (the late Frank) Rollins and the late George (Judy) Sliwa.  He leaves many loving nieces, nephews and friends.  Visitation Monday Oct. 31 from 3-9pm at Grove Memorial Chapel 1199 S. Arlington Hts. Rd. Elk Grove Village.  Chapel service Tuesday Nov. 1 at 10am.  Interment Elm Lawn Cemetery - Elmhurst.
Petra A. Schield
  Tuesday November 1, 2016
Petra A. Schield nee. Daunicht, 58, of Itasca formerly of Schaumburg.  Born in Pinneberg, Germany, passed away peacefully at her home on Oct. 28.  Petra worked for School District 15 for 14 years. Dear wife of Jerry for 38 years; loving mother of Tanya M. Schield (Josiah), Heidi L. (Jerry) Wohlhart and Victoria N. Schield; cherished grandmother of Duduzile, Gugulethu, Diamond, Bradley, Lindsey, Ethan and Autumn;daughter of Irmgard and Horst Knopp; sister of Tom (Karleen) and Olaf (Lynn) Knopp.  Visitation Tuesday Nov. 1 from 3-9pm at Grove Memorial Chapel 1199 S. Arlington Hts. Rd. Elk Grove Village.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Gay Lee Andrews
  Saturday October 29, 2016
This is to run in Thursdays paper October 27, 2016 Gay Lee Andrews nee. Goodison, 87 of Elk Grove Village for 47 years. Born in Chicago she passed away October 16, 2016. She was a loving home maker. Beloved wife of the late Ray Franklin Andrews (2015); loving mother of Pamela G. MacArthur, Tod W. (Laurie), Ken P. (Jan), the late Lon and the late Don Andrews; cherished grandmother of 14, great grandmother of 15 and great great grandmother of 1. Dear sister of Charles and the late Gilbert Goodison and the late Marilyn Blaszyk. She leaves many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends will gather at Trinity United Methodist Church 605 W. Golf Rd. Mt. Prospect on Saturday Oct. 29 from 10am until the time of service at 11am.
Orlando Geritano
Orlando Geritano, 90, formerly of Harwood Heights for 60 years passed away October 24th. Orlando was a WWII Army Veteran and a ret. 30 year truck driver for Polk Bros. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (nee. Capobianco, 1998); loving father of Marsha R. (Lester) Borek, John M. (Sharon) Geritano and the late Michael; dear grandfather of Paula and Philip (Angela) Geritano, Kevin (Sarah) and Shane Borek; he is preceded in death by his brother’s Frank, Christopher and Tony Geritano. Private inurnment will be held at All Saints Cemetery.
Anthony G. Markese  -  84
  Saturday, November 5th
Anthony G. Markese ELK GROVE VILLAGE - Anthony G. Markese, 84, of Elk Grove Village for 46 years. Beloved Husband of the late Geroma C. for 52 years; loving father of Karen M. and Anthony L. (Tina) Markese; cherished grandfather of Brittany and Mariah Hoefle, Madeline, Michael, Emma Markese and Ty Arnoux-Wuytack; dear son of the late Michael and the late Ann Markese; fond brother of Jean Barr and the late Robert Markese. He also leaves many loving sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. Anthony died suddenly but peacefully with family by his side on October 23. He was a retired business owner and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Visitation will be on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 12:30 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Misericordia Heart of Mercy.
James E."Jimmy" Shaw  -  72
James E. “Jimmy” Shaw ELK GROVE VILLAGE - James E. “Jimmy” Shaw, 72, of Elk Grove Village for 38 years, passed away on October 25th. Jim was a Navy Veteran and a proud union member of Pipe Fitters Local 501 and 597. He was the beloved husband of Kathy (nee Beck) for 45 years; loving father of Bridget (Joe) Minogue, Beth Shaw (Brandon Burger) and Katie (Mike) Rowley; dear brother of Shirley (Billy) Carter, Mona Longshore and Sherry Espinoza; cherished grandfather of Erin, Trevor, Connor, Nolan and Gavin; fond uncle, great uncle, and cousin to many. Visitation Friday, October 28, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village and Saturday, from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the American Heart Assoc. appreciated.
Lawrence P. Piatek Sr.
  Thursday Oct. 27, 2016 - Friday Oct. 28, 2016
Lawrence P. Piatek Sr., 72, of Elk Grove Village for 12 years, formerly of Mt. Prospect for 33 years passed away October 23, at Northwest Community Hosp. Lawrence was a Vietnam war era Army veteran, a ret. All State Ins. Agent, an avid White Sox Fan. He was a member of the Elks Club of Des Plaines, past Commander of VFW Post 1337, and the American Legion Post 525, both of Mt. Prospect. Larry was the beloved husband of Donna J. (nee Malak) for 11 years; loving father of Michelle L. Tidaback, Lawrence P. Jr. (Kristl) Piatek, Timothy J. (Spring) Piatek, Daniel J. (Jodi) Wegrzyn and Darla J. (Kevin) Tolva; dear grandfather of Rebecca, Jackson, Michael, Lily, Brady, Karli, Brooke, Ryan and Alex. Cherished son of the late Bernard and the late Ann Piatek; and devoted brother of Bernadette (Tony) Kielar. Visitation Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. Family and friends will gather on Friday at St. Matthew Church, 1001 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, for a 10 a.m. memorial Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Lung Assoc., appreciated. For info: 847-640-0566 or
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