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If the only prayer you ever say in your “entire life is thank you it will be enough. Meister Eckhart
Conflicted. Prior to the pandemic, it seemed a little easier to be grateful. Even if you were
facing difficult decisions or grief or loneliness last January or February, you could cry on a friend’s shoulder, find some solace at your place of worship or even reach out to a non-profit. Not so much these days when hugs are prohibited, churches require reservations and non-profits are shriveling up. Thanks to fear and restrictions, another possible shutdown, job loss and drained bank accounts combined with parents attempting to teach miserable and depressed kids who actually want to go to school; lonely and isolated seniors; and petrified health-compromised folks, we have the recipe for a dismal, conflicted Thanksgiving 2020. At the table (if a family gathering is even allowed), I anticipate that there will be a turkey and heaping helpings of divisiveness—though not your usual heated politics and religion case of holiday heartburn. I anticipate that there might be place settings for the “Really Grateful”—those who have been spared from the virus, from unemployment and debt and who are optimistic about a vaccine and future economic recovery. Then there are the “Really? Grateful?” As sacrilegious as it sounds, I know (we all know) people who, despite their beliefs, will have a difficult time bowing their heads and saying thanks for the unbearable heartache of losing a loved one who died alone, for having to board up their business after decades of hard work, for leaving their special needs child behind as schools reopened, for the desperation that comes with losing health insurance and the shame of being the newest client at the local food pantry. Gee, thanks. Pass the stuffing and mashed potatoes. I completely understand both sides. I’m a little of both myself—Really? Grateful? For what? That my mom has been a hostage in a nursing facility since March? That I am only allowed to visit for minutes through a plate glass door? That my house is still in shambles after a car plowed through the living room and that gravel covers every inch of every room? That I have been so preoccupied that I somehow let my renter’s insurance lapse after paying for over 30 years without a claim? On the other hand, I am Really Grateful that Neighbors has prevailed through the pandemic, thanks to the businesses who make a tremendous financial sacrifice to advertise; and also to our drop locations and, of course, our loyal readers. Obviously, I am grateful that no one was injured or even killed during the wreckage at my home. But, at the end of the day lately, when I’m conflicted and seemingly short on blessings, it hasn’t always been friends and relatives who are named in my “thank you” prayers— my darkest days have been illuminated by strangers, people who hardly know me, and their unexpected kindness. This column, this issue, both as troublesome as a root canal, are dedicated to those people. For example: the woman from River Grove who not only sent me a beautiful handwritten card with $100 inside but took out her rosary and prayed for me; Martin in Maywood, my tire repair guru, who fixed my flat and, without knowing it, fixed my broken spirit; to Betty in Des Plaines, for the Muñeca, the Guatamalan worry doll (and its amazing story), which has a new permanent home under my pillow. It has taken years to convince me but we don’t meet people by accident and, even when the world seems like a heartless place, there is always something to be thankful for—particularly strangers for their unassuming, life-changing generosity. Everyone of us is capable and now more than ever we should wield the power of benevolence: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. (Maclaren)”
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“We’ve made a promise to the people of the communities that we serve to be here if they ever need us. Everyone is our neighbor.We will care for you.” —Amanda J. Grant, Executive Director of the Westchester Food Pantry
AND FIGHTING FOR A NEW LOCATION As if the Westchester Food Pantry hasn’t been busy asking for donations to help support a 65% jump in the number of clients served, it has now been forced to start a GoFundMe page to raise funds for a future move as its home at the Westchester Village Hall will no longer be available to them by February 2021. WFP needs your support. Visit www.GoFundMe.com to donate.
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For over 25 years, the Westchester Food Pantry (WFP) has been a constant for those in need, providing fresh vegetables, fruits, wholesome canned goods, bread, cereals and more to area residents facing financial hardships. Proudly serving the communities of Bellwood, Berkeley, Broadview, Hillside, Hines, LaGrange Park, Westchester and Western Springs, it has had its challenging moments but none as formidable as a pandemic—followed by an “eviction” of sorts from their home base in the Westchester Village Hall. Executive Director Amanda Grant and her stalwart all-volunteer team have faced the COVID crisis head-on, implementing a successful drive-thru model for providing groceries to clients each Friday; taking
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) applications over the phone; adding convenient donation drop-off locations; and moving forward with essential food reclamation and fundraising efforts, while complying with strict CDC guidelines and social distancing recommendations. But the demands of the pandemic almost paled in comparison to the blow dealt to Grant and the WFP in July— the Village of Westchester was planning to sell its current property at 10300 Roosevelt Road and move only the Village Hall, Public Works and Police Department to newlypurchased property near Wolf and Cermak—and making it clear that the pantry was not invited to come along. story continues on page 8
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Grant immediately formed a taskforce to explore options, contacting churches and community groups who might be willing to share space with WFP. “The answer was no or the space won’t work logistically because of parking or stairs,” explained Grant. “So we took the next step, looking at commercial properties.” Much to Grant’s surprise, one property presented not only a great location but also a greatly-reduced price, seeming like an answered prayer for the noble enterprise. After a bid and lengthy negotiations, the seller of the building at 1938 S. Mannheim accepted the offer. High hopes were quickly dashed by the fine print: the Village of Westchester must approve a “text amendment to allow a food pantry as a special use in the B-2 Restricted Business District and a request for a special use for a food pantry.” As if completing the lengthy application wasn’t tedious and stressful enough, one high-ranking Village staffer “actually tried to discourage us from continuing with the process,” said Grant. “Why would anyone want to stand in the way of such a worthy cause? When I was informed that the Village was not in the business of feeding people, I was taken aback but I also realized that it was imperative for us to circulate petitions to raise awareness and to ensure that our Plan and Zoning Commission treats the application fairly.” At a public hearing scheduled for November 2nd, members of the Commission will decide whether or not to recommend the rezoning to the Village Trustees, who will then determine the fate of the sale and vote on the matter at a future board meeting. Petitions, for Westchester residents only, can be easily downloaded from www.westchesterfoodpantry.org. Much is at stake for Grant, diehard volunteers and deeply-concerned clients. While they await an impartial determination from the Commission, the work must go on at the pantry. Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a 65% increase in clients, with more on the way each week. As this story goes to press, 10-12 new families have become dependent on the pantry. “These are scary times for all of us,” reflects Grant. “Our newest clients are people who have never been in this situation before. Needing help and not knowing where to look for it is scary. The overall picture is frightening, that many jobs lost may never come back and that the people who are suffering now may suffer for quite some time. Our mission is simple. If we can provide at least $200 worth of food to each family, that’s money they can use on medicine or bills. Let us nourish you and your family, let us offer some tangible relief, and free up those funds for something else that’s just as urgent such as a car repair or rent. Hunger was a problem in our community before and now food insecurity has become an even more pressing issue.” story continues on page 10
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Hearing of the pantry’s plight and recognizing the severity of the issue, WGN-TV reporter Marcella Raymond (above at left) traveled to Westchester to tape a segment, interviewing one of the pantry’s grateful clients Gregory McCrimon (who is also a volunteer) and Amanda Grant. At the time of the taping, volunteers were hustling, preparing for 80-100 households to pick up on Friday, October 9. The segment ran a second time, giving even greater exposure to the Westchester Food Pantry and WGN also added the link to the Food Pantry’s recently-launched GoFundMe page to its website. For Grant, there’s no looking back now. Residents and non-residents alike are at risk of losing one of the area’s most important and most efficient resources. “People may not realize how much we scrimp and save, even in a pandemic,” emphasizes Grant. “We have no paid staff. This is volunteerism at its very best. From our small board of directors to Pantry Manager Carol Kratky Harvey, who simply never gives up to Mark Dedowicz, who manages our Wet Nose Pantry and pet food donations, to all those who come together every week, lifting and hauling and helping people they don’t even know—my heart grows ten sizes every Friday just watching them in action.” From scout troops, teens earning service hours, college students on break to seniors making meaningful contributions of their time and talents, Grant is constantly in awe of the amazing volunteers and generous community partners, who, for the most part, are based in Westchester. “Westchester is a great central location for all, our volunteers and the people we serve. Would they follow us if we were forced to move? That’s one more reason why this situation, the Village’s decision and the GoFundMe is so important for all of us.”
ANYONE CAN HELP Volunteer. Sign up for a shift through the website at www.westchesterfoodpantry.org. Donate food. With more and more people coming for help each week, it is difficult to keep the shelves stocked. Donations of macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, soup, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, Ramen packages, snacks (crackers, granola bars, goldfish, etc.), canned meat, canned beans and even pet food are always appreciated. Find more suggestions on the website; even paper bags with handles are needed. Donation bins are located at seven sites: Westchester Park District (2), Historic Prairie House in Westchester, Berkeley Village Hall and Library, LaGrange Park Library and the Westchester Village Hall lobby, 10300 Roosevelt. Organize a food drive. Your place of work, your block, community groups, scout troops, schools that are open, places of worship and more are all good places to launch a food drive. Send WFP an email at WestchesterFoodPantry@gmail.com or call 708/927-4826 and they will gladly help get you started. Donate funds. Make a secure donation online through the website at www.westchesterfoodpantry.org or through GoFundMe.com page (search for Westchester Food Pantry Capital Campaign). Any amount is appreciated and taxdeductible. Speak out. If you are a Westchester resident, contact your Village Trustees and let them know that you believe the food pantry is a vital resource. If you are a community partner or food pantry client, send the Trustees a testimonial. The email addresses for all Trustees are listed on the Village’s website at www.westchester-il.org. “I believe that somehow we will continue our mission and keep our promise,” added Grant. “Now more than ever before, it is necessary for us to be here, located in Westchester, serving those who need us. You are our neighbors and we will take care of you. That’s our promise. And, we need our neighbors to stand with us at this crucial time. The support has been overwhelming. We’re going to make it, I just know it.”
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NEIGHBORS h aLBrittON, Ronnie M., of Maywood. Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Father of Ronnie (Patricia) Albritton, Yvette (Andrew) Baber and Telisha Albritton; grandfather of Ronnie, Mia, Anthony, Ebony, late Deja and Naiya; great-grandfather of Jalien, Isabeau and Aubrianna; brother of the late Elgie “Sam” (Esters) Albritton, Rickey (Joan) Albritton, Dwight (Gladys) Culbreath, Gail (late Larry) Hanco ck, Marilyn Culbreath, late Philip Culbreath and Phyllis (Sylvester) Flowers; uncle and friend of many, including Jimmy Pryor, Bertha Albritton and Sheila Ward. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. aLvarEz, Ruben. Husband of the late Josefa; father of Ruben Jr., Heriberto “Eddie,” Elizabeth “Vicky,” Lourdes and the late Eva; grandfather of Ruben G., Rosa E., Eric M., E lisabeth “Lissie”; greatgrandfather of Giovanni, Ariana, Giancarlo, Penelope Joli, Noah and Baby Q; brother, uncle, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. BarNEs, Dinah Ybanez, of Westchester. Wife of Leonardo “Jing Jong”; mother of Debbie (Bobby) Hughes and Kathleen (Bobby) Capulong; daughter of Rafael Jr. and the late Cecilia, nee Ciriaco Ybanez; grandmother of Deija, Brendyn, Roc and Kaedyn; sister of Dizah (Edwin) Salvador, Delia (Art) Cabahug, Rafael III (Pacita) Ybanez, Divah (Warren) Monroid and the late Divina (Alex) Ngo; aunt of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. Bazzi, Olga A. “Rusty,” nee Melone; wife of the late Nick (Iaco) Bazzi; sister of Noreen Melone, Tulio (late Mary Jane) Melone and the late Ralf (late Philomena) Melone. Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. cafassO, Louise M., nee Cortiletti, of Oak Park. Wife of Fred; mother of Elene Cafasso and Lynda Cafasso (Stephen Conroy); grandmother of Maria Mahnken, late Joshua Conroy and David Conroy; sister of Gus (Jean) Cortiletti, late Mona (late Maurice) Powers an d the late Charles Cortiletti; aunt of many nieces and nephews; mother-in-law of Keith Mahnken and Stephen Conroy. Louise was the former Assistant Principal, teacher and counselor in the Chicago Public Schools and member of the Nineteenth Century Club, St. Giles CCW, Oak Park Historical Society and other organizations. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. caNNON, Marque se L. Son of Wilbert Pollard and the late Stephanie Cannon; father of Marquillan, Larell, MonQue, Marquese Jr. and Kaila; brother of Stacy Pollard; grandfather of Jayden, Marquillan Jr., Cavian, Ty Angelo, Sophia, Neavha, Micela, Londyn, Amari, Jaslynn and Zelle; special friend of LaKala Kinnon; nephew and cousin of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. cimiNO, Hel en, nee Fioravanti, of Melrose Park. Wife of the late Dominic (Chief, MPPD); mother of Joseph (Vicki), Diane and Dominic (Robin) Cimino; grandmother of Claudine (Louie) Napolitano, James “JD” Calabrese, Dominic (Erin) Calabrese, Dominic and Santina Cimino; great-grandmother of Louie and Joey Napolitano; sister, aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park.
cruz, Martin. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. ExcELL, Marcella Anne, nee Jahntz. Wife of the late Richard; mother of Jennifer (Dan) Schwichtenberg, Richard III (Carolyn), Jane (Carl Jr.) Bronge, late Richard Jr.; grandmother of Tyler, Ryan, Richard IV, Kyle, Lauren, Alyssa, Kayleigh, Carl III; sister of Marilyn, Lorraine, late Howard and late Wilfred; aunt cousin a nd friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Donations to the New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, Iowa are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. fOrmatO, Theresa, nee Donofrio; wife of Mitchell; mother of James (Victoria) Formato; grandmother of James, Gina and Brianna; great-grandmother of Gavin and Gigi; sister of Joseph (Dede) Donofrio and the la te Nicholas Donofrio; aunt and great-aunt of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. gaLvEz-caPEN, Maria V. Mother of Maria (Byron) Marroquin; grandmother of Christopher (fiance Leslie) Marroquin, Julianna Marroquin, Sofia Arriaga, April Arriaga and Dania Arriaga; sister of Angel, Jose “Chepe,” Eva, Sonia, Mercedes, Claudia and Hugo; aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. garay, Hilaro. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. giaNakOPOuLOs, Cathie M. Sister of the late Ronald (Sue) Gianakopoulos; aunt of Ronald Gianakopoulos; niece, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. giu ffrE, Michael Edward. Son of the late Michael and Katherine Giuffre; husband of Anna; father of Alyse (Michael) Jezierski, Jenna Giuffre and Michael Giuffre; grandfather of Rena, Michael, Alea and Alana Jezierski; brother of Frank (Denise) Giuffre, Eddie Giuffre, Jack (Julie) Giuffre, Pam (Pat) Giuffre and Katherine (Jimmy) Sansone; uncle and great-uncle of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1 515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. gONzaLEz, Andres. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. jaNEk, Christine M., nee DeMaio. Wife of Raymond J.; mother of Denise (John) Adams, Maria (Arthur) Peluso and Christina (Joe) Scoleri; grandmother of Jennifer, Melissa, John and Daniella; sister of Theresa Coglianese, Michael DeMaio and the late Jerry DeMaio; aunt and great-aunt of m any. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. kurikOsE, Saramma. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. LegErE, Mary Jane, “MJ,” nee Venziano, 86, of Elmhurst, formerly of Melrose Park. Wife of Robert; mother of Robert (Betty) LeGere, Renee (Richard) Regole, Bill (Ann) LeGere, Tay (Tom) Parpan and John (S helly) LeGere; grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of two; sister of Corrine (the late Ray) DuBois and the late Samuel (Patricia) Venziano; aunt of many nieces and nephews. Lifelong devotee of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Jude, she was honored by the Immaculate Conception Council of Catholic Women as Woman of the Year. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Notices continue on page 36 notices are printed free of charge upon request on a spacepermitting basis. mail and e-mail addresses appear on page 4.
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NEIGHBORS maNNattuParamBiL, George K. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. martiNO, Vito N., 81. Husband of Judith, nee Sabella; father of Marie Martino (Jaime Zurheidel) and Frank (Thanaphat) Martino; grandfather of Violet Martino. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. mEO, Joseph, 82. Husband of Janet, nee Troianello; father of Joseph (Julie) Meo, Michelle (Joseph) Blakeley and Lisa (Randall Dennison) Meo; grandfather of Mary, Gabriella, Patrick, Katie, Christopher, Robert and Rebecca; brother of Jennie (Charles) Kriewaldt, late Frances (late Sam) Mussari, late Onofrio (Angela) Meo, late Nancy (Matteo) Scavelli and late James “Jimmie” (Patricia) (Laurie Galanti) Meo; brother-in-law of Dinah Troianello; uncle of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. NavarrO, Daniel Osornio. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. POkuta, Florence. Wife of the late Joseph; mother of Susan (Jerry) Feldman and Paul (Kelly); grandmother of Richard Feldman; sister of the late Ted Burakowski; sister-in-law, aunt and friend of many. Entombment private. Former President of the Winston Park Women’s Club. Donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Ave nue, Melrose Park. rOjO aNtuNEz, Gerardo. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. saLiNas PErEz, Catalina, nee Nava. Wife of Jorge Perez; mother of Alex, Natalia (Jesus) Hernandez, Jorge, Nancy (Jose) Hernandez; grandmother of Jayden, Mia, Anna, Mauricio, Jorge III, Estaban and Leah; sister of Octavio, Jose, Dario, Louis and the late Juan; daughter of Celso and Maria Nava; aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. saNds, MaryEllen, nee Sasenick, 90, of Westchester. Wife of Joseph J. Sr.; mother of Carolyn Durocher, Ava Sands and Joseph Sands; grandmother of Eric S. Paige and Gregory S. Paige; sister of Stephen (Pat) Sasenick, Joseph (Betty) Sasenick and the late Charles “Corky” Smith; aunt of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. skLENar, Alisa E. Partner of Tony Novelli; daughter of Richard and Christine Sklenar; bonus mother of Frank (Alexis) Novelli, Gianna (Dave) Novelli and Anthony (Carrie) Novelli; Ya-Ya of Luca, Nicholas, Anthony, James, Tyler, Frankie and Dominic; sister of Timothy; aunt and great-aunt of many. Donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. sOmErs, Rita Ann, nee Cardamone, of Melrose Park. Wife of the late Glen R. Somers; mother of Glen S. Sr. (Ca thy), Frank and Marianne; grandmother of Glen S. Jr. and Robert; sister of the late Marie (late James) Baskerville and the late Francine MacTavish; aunt and friend of many. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. Notices continue on page 38
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sPacONE, Leo. Husband of Roseanne, nee Galasso; father of Nick (Lisa) Spacone, Anthony (Annamarie) Spacone, Gino (Rachel) Spacone, Maria Spacone, Mario Spacone and Gina (Greg) Jolley; grandfather of Nicole, Anthony, Angelina, Isabella and Samantha; brother of Geatano (Liboria) Spacone, Cristina (Giuseppe) Caranfa, late Gabriele (Leonia) Spacone, late Caterina (Carmelo) Nannarone and late Eustachio (Jackie) Spacone; uncle of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. sPEziaLE, Nicholas, of Elmwood Park. Husband of Philomena, nee Renzi; father of Nicholas (Elizabeth) Speziale, Daniel (Lisa Heckler) Speziale, Gina (Tom) Taylor and Christen (Mike) Kockenkemper-Rice; grandfather of Nicholas, Joseph, Luke, Emma, Mark, Anna, Tommy, Zoe and Claire; brother of Therese (late Michael) Messuck, Mary (Rick) Pettineo, John Speziale, Robert (Laura and l ate Nora) Speziale, Julie (Jim) Elliott and Jeanne (Noel) Beauchamp; brother-in-law of Camille Speziale, David (Jae) Berni, Neil (late Kris) Renzi and Pam (Gus) Mauro; uncle and great-uncle of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. szWEjkOWski, Mitchell J. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. WhaLiNg, Lawrence A. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Hom e, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park.
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