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it’s all you really need, right? Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Hillside) is now the first Black Speaker of the Illinois House in state history and he’s ready to get to work on the issues.

Made from the sole of a shoe and kept close to the heart, this gift from a dad to his daughters saved a family business from the pandemic.


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We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.

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Check, please. Seems like a light year ago that I appeared on that PBS television show

where a few people get together around a table, after visiting each other’s favorite restaurant, and talk about the pros and cons of each place—from the food and service to parking and the surrounding neighborhood. The precursor to many of today’s news channel food critics and more visual than even the most commendatory kudos by the late Sun-Times culinary guru Pat Bruno, the show could absolutely change the trajectory of a restaurant’s customer flow. A “thumbs up” could mean a steady stream of people from near and far...and reruns just keep stirring the pot. Just about everyone and every kind of business has been impacted by the pandemic but restaurant owners, especially small cafes, family-owned pizzerias and dine-in establishments in general have been burned big time. Forced to reinvent the wheel constantly, absorb the gluttonous fees from delivery services and drool over the long lines that prevailed at fast food locations, the favorite “mom and pop” spots that we took for granted for an occasional sub, burger or breakfast were starving. As of September 2020, according to the National Restaurant Association, nearly 1 in 6 restaurants (representing nearly 100,000 restaurants) closed either permanently or long-term. But for some owners and patrons, where there’s a will (and social media) there’s a way to save jobs and livelihoods. Board member Jack Stonebraker said the Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce and Community Development, together with the Village of Melrose Park, began carefully surveying “To Go” social media efforts launched by far west suburban communities last spring before creating its own and leading the way in this area in November. In just a few short months, the Melrose Park To-Go page, which has tallied over 2,400 members and 450 unique posts (4-8 new posts/photos every day) that put a spotlight on approximately 90 local restaurants, fires up interest in people like myself, who are fascinated by the possibilities at places they never imagined patronizing. “The Melrose Park To-Go page gets the community talking and sharing about the restaurants that need our support more than ever. I couldn’t be happier with how it has sparked interest in new and longtime locations.” In Oak Park, Ravi Parakkat created a mathematical formula with an ambitious goal: to get 10,000 Oak Park households to spend just $25 each week at any of the Village’s 100 restaurants, serving up a potential windfall of a million dollars each month in takeout business. Unlike Melrose Park’s platform, Parakkat’s Takeout 25 campaign (www.takeout25oakpark.com) comes with a side order: a virtual “pledge” by members to truly support local. His recipe for success not only drew in the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation, the OPRF Chamber, Downtown Oak Park and other leaders as well as the Village of River Forest and the Forest Park Chamber, the model has got the attention of local radio/TV segments and interest from as far away as California and Texas. Takeout25 Elmhurst popped up right before Christmas and Takeout 25 Elmwood Park is just getting ramped up on Facebook and Instagram. Lifting restrictions certainly allows business owners to take a deep breath but they have a long road ahead before they can taste solvency again. Yes, in times of necessity, some people do amazing things. Hats off to these neighbors who didn’t sit idly by, wring their hands and watch the boarding service show up. Put a bib on and dig into these social media pages!

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Please Note: All OPEN locations are refilled regularly! BELLWOOD n Bellwood Public Library n Mickey’s Drive-In n Gioacchino’s Ristorante n Bellwood Village Hall n Currency Exchange on Mannheim n Center at Stevenson Park BERKELEY n Republic Bank n JK Restaurant n Berkeley Village Hall and Library n Torres Fresh Market BERWYN n Lucky Dog on Harlem Avenue BROADVIEW n NEW Chicken Shack on Roosevelt n Broadview Public Library n Broadview Family Restaurant n Lucky Dog on Cermak n Dunkin Donuts on Roosevelt ELMHURST n Silverado Grill n Lezza Spumoni & Desserts n Elmhurst Metra Station ELMWOOD PARK n NEW Armand’s Pizzeria on North Ave. n Russell’s BBQ n Elmwood Park Village Hall n Elmwood Park Public Library n Elmwood Park Recreation Center FOREST PARK n NEW Charlie’s Restaurant on Roosevelt n NEW Kribi Coffee Air Roasters n Twisted Cookie on Madison n Harvest 365 n Ed’s Foods n Forest Park Library n Forest Park Community Center n Starship Restaurant FRANKLIN PARK n NEW Pet Paradise Supermarket n NEW Yadi’s Grill, 25th and Grand n Franklin Park Metra Station n Lulu Belle’s Pancake House n Al and Joe’s Deli n American Legion Post #974 n Smart Wash Laundromat n Franklin Park Public Library n Park District of Franklin Park n Franklin Park Village Hall n Leyden Township & Community Center HILLSIDE n Emilio’s Tapas Restaurant n Eisenhower Park n Hillside Village Hall n Russo’s Chapels n Holiday Inn Express & Suites n Q’s Restaurant & Pizza n Hillside Public Library MAYWOOD n Poor Boy, 1st & Roosevelt n Maywood Village Hall n Maywood Public Library MELROSE PARK n NEW IHOP in Winston Plaza

MELROSE PARK, CONTINUED n NEW El Rodeo Mexican Grill & Seafood n NEW Greenhouse Dispensary n NEW Johnnie’s Grill on Lake Street n NEW Rube’s Garage Fitness on Ruby n Ozzie’s Deli on Grand n Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel n Tony’s Finer Foods on Mannheim n Bets on Broadway n Dunk Donuts on Lake Street n Lucky Dog on Lake Street n Melrose Park Public Library n Sacred Heart Church and School n Harlo Grill n Café 23, 23rd and Lake Street n Veterans Park District Leoni Complex n 7-11 on Broadway n PNC Bank, Winston Plaza n Scudiero’s Bakery & Deli n Melrose Park Village Hall/Senior Center n Pan American Bank n Melrose Currency on Broadway n Caputo Cheese Market n St. Paul Lutheran Resale Shop NORTHLAKE n NEW Cuomo To Go n Grant Park Recreation Center n Northlake Public Library NORTH RIVERSIDE n Catie’s Place Gaming Cafe n North Riverside Village Commons n North Riverside Public Library OAK PARK n NEW Oak Park Township n Potbelly’s n Byline Bank n Rush Oak Park Hospital n Oak Park Public Library RIVER FOREST n La Parrillita Mexican Grill n River Forest Chocolates n Whole Foods n River Forest Library RIVER GROVE n Quasthoff’s Florist n Catie’s Place Gaming Cafe n Triton College n Rich’s Fresh Market n Dunkin’ Donuts: River Road & Belmont n Bargains in a Box n Blondie’s Diner n River Grove Public Library n River Grove Village Hall n River Park Moose Lodge SCHILLER PARK n Al & Andy’s Restaurant n Marathon Station, 25th & Irving n Gambino’s Fresh Market, 25th Avenue STONE PARK n NEW Stone Park Village Hall n Firehouse Subs n Shwings Shrimp & Wings WESTCHESTER n NEW Quick Mart on Mannheim n Westchester Village Hall

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High-traffic distribution in the towns including Oak Park and River Forest, Bellwood, Berkeley, North Riverside, Forest Park, Hillside, Maywood, Melrose Park, Westchester as well as Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Northlake, Schiller Park, River Grove and other communities. Neighborstm has the edge over other publications when it comes to readership. Tina Valentino Executive Editor and Contributor Winner of a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism Dee Tintori Account Executive Mailing Address P.O. Box 1501, Melrose Park, IL 60161-1501 Phone Phone 708.343.0205 E-mail & Website mel60160@aol.com www.neighborsmagazine.com READ ISSUES ONLINE AT WWW.ISSUU.COM PRINTED IN THE U.S.A. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any manner without permission. Opinions and advertisements expressed are those of the writers themselves and are in no way to be construed as statements, positions or endorsements by in particular, inc. © 2021 Neighborstm is a trademark of in particular, inc.


It will take a while for our favorite restaurants to recover—they need support from all of us. Check out these Facebook and Instagram pages: Melrose Park To-Go, Takeout 25 Elmwood Park and Takeout 25 Oak Park (which includes River Forest and Forest Park). Spend a little, save a business.












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“Moments pass. But this one will live on in our state’s history forever. I am honored and humbled to be of service to you. God bless our state and country.” —State Rep. Emanuel “Chris”Welch, newly-elected Speaker of the House


NORTHWESTERN & PROVISO ARE PROUD Amid the flurry of fanfare for Rep. Welch’s rise to Speaker are his alma maters Northwestern University and Proviso West High School. Already featured in “Northwestern Now,” Welch’s Facebook page has been lit up by former classmates and former baseball coach Tim Alpin, whose memory of Welch as a ball player was included in the Chicago Tribune as a letter to the editor on January 19.

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State Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch headed to Springfield last month focused on his usual mission: to serve working families every day. He would take his oath of office for a fifth term as State Representative (D-Hillside) and continue his agenda to advance justice and equality for all. In the blink of an eye, everything changed. On January 12, Democratic colleagues united in an effort to have Welch fill the post held by Mike Madigan for almost four decades: Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. Within hours, Welch was elected with 70 votes, ten more than he needed, as the state’s first Black speaker of the House. “As Speaker, I pledge to ensure that the People’s House will be

inclusive and focused on addressing the needs of families across the state. Together, I know we can build a better and stronger Illinois for all families,” said Welch. In an interview on Windy City Live, Welch said adamantly that his priorities include rebuilding Illinois and its economy (“a nice jolt from the federal government wouldn’t hurt”), facing tough budget issues and remaining consistent and united. “If we’re going to accomplish anything, we must do it in a united fashion. We can only get the job done if we’re working together.” Despite a whirlwind of media coverage and facing enormous responsibility, Welch, reflects: “In this new job, I am reminded often to keep God First, and family second.”

Follow Speaker Welch on Facebook and Instagram and visit his official website at https://www.emanuelchriswelch.com/ Constituents can contact his District office at 10055 Roosevelt Road in Westchester at (708) 450-1000

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It started out as just crosses, but the DeAngelos quickly adapted to demand and have branched out...It’s now its own business called “The Cobbler Cross.” —from a feature story by Joyce Duriga in the January 20th Chicago Catholic



IDEA GIVES HOPE TO DAD...AND OTHERS When Alexandria and Angela DeAngelo threw a “Hail Mary” of an idea to their dad, Larry, to help save his family shoe repair business at the start of the pandemic in the spring, little did they know that the concept would be embraced by people all over the country and shared around the world. The response has been so overwhelming that a website was launched to handle the demand.


When the pandemic forced many people to work from home last spring, business at Al’s Shoe Service in Mount Prospect almost completely dried up overnight. Owner Larry DeAngelo, who inherited the business from his father Al DeAngelo and who has been repairing shoes for almost 50 years, watched as days went by and no customers came in. “My business died because of COVID. There was nothing here,” DeAngelo said. “I was really questioning what I was going to do now.” But then his daughters, Alexandria and Angela DeAngelo, had an idea. Why not sell the small handmade crosses he had been making and giving away to people for over 20 years? They both loved the crosses he made for them and had an instinct that others would too. It could be a way to bring a little money into the shop. “We don’t want to see this legacy die that he’s carried on in our grandfather’s name for all of these years,” Angela DeAngelo said. So in April, she shared a post on a neighborhood Facebook page asking people to purchase the crosses to help support her father’s store. “The next thing we know—I’ve never experienced a viral thing—all of sudden our phones were blowing up with notifications because all of these people were responding,” Angela DeAngelo said. Many of the messages talked about how much they loved Larry and wanted to help him. People shared the post and it went all over the country. (story continues on page 10)

Story by Joyce Duriga, reprinted with permission from the Chicago Catholic: chicagocatholic.com • Photos by Karen Callaway

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HEART AND SOLE Cobbler pivots to religious goods to help save business

It started out as just crosses, but the DeAngelos quickly adapted to demand and have branched out into selling key chains, rosaries, chaplets, wraparound and beaded bracelets and even vegan crosses. It’s now its own business called “The Cobbler Cross,” with its own website for orders. It’s a true family effort for this trio. Larry DeAngelo makes the crosses and his daughters (all three pictured below) make other items and handle the orders. Neither daughter knew how to make key chains, rosaries or bracelets before this all started, but with an entrepreneurial spirit, they taught themselves how to do it and have ideas for more products. Their latest offering is a smaller version of the cross for animals. Named after Larry DeAngelo’s dog, who died in early January and who was a fixture at his shoe repair shop, Doxie’s Cross has a tiny paw print stamped in the center. All of the materials used to make the crosses were blessed by Deacon Jack Smith. “I never thought it would be something I would sell,” Larry DeAngelo said of the crosses. “There are people from years ago—I don’t even remember all the people I gave them to—who will say to me, ‘I still have that cross you gave me.” Each cross is made from high-grade shoe leather called Super Prime, the strongest leather used for shoe soles, Larry DeAngelo explained. “We’re taking a sole— S-O-L-E—and I’m transforming it to a S-O-U-L experience,” he said, smiling broadly. When cross sales took off, the family invested in a computerized machine that cuts the initial crosses out of the shoe sole. The rest is done by hand in an eight-step process. After the cross forms are cut, Larry DeAngelo buffs off the rough edges using his father’s shoe machine. Next, he contours the edges of the cross, and then Alexandria DeAngelo drills a hole through the top and threads a piece of brown wax string through it. story continues on page 12

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Her father then conditions and dyes the leather cross and buffs it on the machine so it shines. In the last step, Larry DeAngelo uses a leather tool he has had for 40 years and hammers an imprint in the center of the cross, which he calls the “mark of the Holy Spirit.” It’s labor intensive and a labor of love, all to carry on the legacy of Larry DeAngelo’s father, Al, who founded the shop at Division Street and Laramie Avenue in Chicago in 1937. Drafted by the Army 1942, Al DeAngelo had to close the shop so he could serve in the military. When he returned from the war in 1946, he opened it again, this time in Franklin Park. “I grew up in that store, building model airplanes and watching my father,” he said. “That machine that we make these crosses on was my father’s machine from 1946. This is all a tribute to my parents. I’m the custodian of my father’s legacy.” Larry DeAngelo moved to the Mount Prospect location 17 years ago and has become a fixture of the community. The interior design of Al’s Shoe Repair is about shoes, but it’s also about celebrating DeAngelo’s father and his family. Old black-and-white photos adorn the walls, showing the early days of the shoe shop, both Al and Larry’s service photos (Larry served in the Air Force) and photos of his parents from their wedding. Rosaries and holy cards fill the walls and shelves. In addition to being a cobbler, Larry DeAngelo is a professional flute player. Musical instruments hang on the wall of the shop, and a small sign over the cash register reads, “Live music performed here daily.” He has an amplifier, a keyboard and microphone in the shop and his trusty flute is stored under the glass countertop. DeAngelo is proud to tell visitors that both Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and Cardinal Francis George blessed his flute. It’s that man Alexandria and Angela DeAngelo want to honor. “We wanted to honor him the way he has honored our grandfather,” Angela DeAngelo said. “And a cross never goes out of style. Everybody can use a little faith in their lives.” For information on “The Cobbler Cross” and to purchase the wrap bracelet, beaded bracelet, rosary, chaplet, keychain and more from the online shop, visit the website at www. cobblercross.com.

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Follow the Village of Melrose Park on Facebook! The Melrose Park Senior Center is currently accepting donations of canes, wheelchairs, walkers, etc., that can be given to Village senior citizens that are in need. To donate usable items, call 708-343-4000, ext. 4448. Melrose Park homeowners interested in a parkway tree (one tree per household) for the 2021 Fall Tree Planting program should call the Public Works Department at 708-343-5128. To participate in the 2021 50/50 Sidewalk Restoration Program (replacement of sidewalk squares), call the Melrose Park Public Works Department at 708-343-5128. Registration for the Melrose Park Little League is now open. Baseball/softball season is around the corner and Little League offers a safe and positive environment for boys and girls. Deadline is February 14. Visit the Facebook page for registration information such as dates and fees: www.facebook.com/melroseparklittleleague/

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The Elmhurst History Museum, located at 120 E. Park Avenue in Elmhurst, offers interesting, informative and fun in-person exhibits and online/virtual programs for adults and families. The Museum reopened as of January 22 but visit the website for details at www.elmhursthistory.org. Face mask and social distancing still required. together We cannot fail: Overcoming the great depression. How did Chicago area suburbs meet the Depression’s challenges that loomed like a dark cloud amid the worst economic crisis in U.S. History? View rare footage, photos and more. Now through May 2, 2021. Donations of canned goods for the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry will be collected in the gallery. Call 630-833-1457 to reserve your time slot. Online Lecture: the great depression’s impact on chicagoland. Through May 2. Dominic A. Pacyga, Ph.D. and Emeritus Professor of History at Columbia College Chicago presents an illustrated lecture exploring the impact of the Great Depression on the Chicago area. Visit the Programs page of the website for the link. Online Book discussion: the Worst hard time: the Untold story of those Who survived the great American dust Bowl. Read the acclaimed National Book Award-winning book by Timothy Egan that tells the stories of a dozen families during the darkest days of the Depression then join Museum staff on Zoom for a lively discussion. For adults. Registration required. Email ehmprograms@elmhurst.org to register. Online #tBt Lecture: the civilian corps in Elmhurst. Starts February 11 through May 2. Free. Visit the Programs page of the website for the link to the prerecorded program. In the first Throwback Thursday lecture of the year, the Curator of Collections, Dan Lund, will discuss the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the New Deal-era federal program created to provide work for young men in the 1930s. facebook Live gallery talk. Sunday, February 28, Noon to 12:30 pm. Free. Join the Museum’s Curator as he takes viewers on a virtual tour of “Together We Cannot Fail: Overcoming the Great Depression.” During this gallery talk on Facebook Live via the Museum’s Facebook page, Dan Bartlett will share some of the interesting information he learned while researching, curating and designing the exhibit. Participants are encouraged to submit questions during the program. Visit the website or call for more information about the Museum’s Facebook page.

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n Wildcard Bingo. Enjoy a boxed lunch prepared by Cuomo Catering and bingo on Friday, February 26 from Noon to 2 pm at Grant Park in Northlake, 44 W. Golfview Drive. Fee is $10 per person. n Bunco and Brunch. Calling all Bunco lovers! This program is designed with social butterflies in mind but welcomes all. Invite some friends to play and sign up for both February dates! Fee is $8 per person per event. Monday, February 8, 11 am to 1 pm at Grant Park, 44 W. Golfview Drive, Northlake Monday, February 22, 11 am to 1 pm at George A. Leoni Complex, 800 17th Avenue in Melrose Park.

n early childhood: lucky leprechaun scavenger hunt. Join the lucky leprechaun adventure through the park. Dress for the outdoors, hunt for lucky leprechaun items and get a special surprise at the end. For ages 3-6. Monday, March 15, 4:30 to 5:15 pm at Grant Park Recreation Center, 44 W. Golfview Drive in Northlake. $12/$16. n youth athletics: volleyball. This fun and instructional program prepares players to succeed in volleyball. Improve serving, bumping, setting and spiking skills. Games will be played throughout the program. Teamwork and good sportsmanship are stressed. Ages 1114, Mondays and Wednesdays, March 22 to April 14, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Grant Park Recreation Center in Northlake. $55/$70. n creative arts: magical mosaics. Unlock your creativity through the ancient technique of making paperpiece mosaics. Everyone will make mosaic scenes of nature, animals or any subject. Ages 5-10, Friday, February 26, 5 to 6 pm at George A. Leoni Complex, 800 N. 17th Avenue in Melrose Park. $12/$16. n exploring Plants With art. Go beyond drawing what you see and create something totally new in this class. Study nature and use many kinds of materials and experiments. Program covers trees, wildflowers, vines and still lifes. Ages 8 and up. Wednesdays, March 10 to April 14, 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Kahl Park, 255 Palmer in Northlake. $60/$75. n spring Transformation Workshop. Celebrate the changing of the season by coloring animals, bugs and nature that transform during spring. Participants will transform tadpoles to frogs, snowflakes to flowers, caterpillars to butterflies and create hanging window ornaments that will make a fun spring decoration. Ages 5 and up. Friday, March 19, 5 to 6 pm at Grant Park Recreation Center. $12/$16. n cimbalo Fitness center: hatha yoga For Beginner yogis. Learn the basics of yoga, deep breathing techniques, meditation, poses and asanas. These techniques offer many health benefits such as improved posture and balance, stronger joints and muscles and a healthier mindset. For ages 15 and up. Sundays, February 21 to March 21, 9-10 am at Cimbalo Fitness Center, 1203 N. 24th Avenue, Melrose Park. $35/$50. n Pound. This Pilates-based workout combines cardio and strength through rhythmic movements. Pound refers to the drum-technique, using lightweight drumsticks for continual movement—truly a cardio jam session. Instruc tor is Hilda. Tuesdays, February 23 through March 23 at Cimbalo Fitness Center, 1203 N. 24th Avenue, Melrose Park. $35/$50.

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MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Trailside museum is located 738 Thatcher (at chicago and Thatcher avenues) in river Forest. To preregister for programs, call 708-366-6530. advanced registration is required for many programs. Please note that the footpaths around Trailside museum are not suitable for strollers. ask about receiving Trailside’s monthly program schedule automatically by email. Follow Trailside on Facebook and Twitter. many programs are temporarily contactless or “live” on Facebook.

explore Thatcher Woods (contactless), saturday, February 6, 11am-2pm. Adults and families, come explore at Thatcher Woods in River Forest. Grab one of the provided self-guided nature activities or take a hike on the trails. Remember to take one of the take-home nature craft kits to continue the adventure at home. children’s animal valentine card craft (contactless), February 11-14, 9am-4pm. Pick up a bag at the Museum with all the materials you need except for crayons, glue and scissors. children’s story Trail: ruby’s Birds (contactless), monday, February 15 through sunday, February 21, 9am-4pm. Celebrate birds in your neighborhood as you walk a short trail near the Museum while reading a posted nature story. After, pick up a bag with related craft materials and suggestions for more outdoor adventures. explore Westchester Woods (contactless), saturday, February 27, 11am-2pm . Adults and families, come explore at Westchester Woods near Westchester/La Grange Park. Grab one of the provided selfguided nature activities. Roam around the preserve and try to discover animal tracks! If conditions are right, bring a sled and hit the sledding hill. Remember to take one of the take-home nature craft kits so you can continue your adventure at home.

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NEIGHBORS BAssEtt, Jack L. Sr. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. BELLiNi, Madeline, nee Leoni, 99, of Melrose Park. Wife of the late Joseph; sister of the late Richard Leoni, late Vadie Autrey, late Valencia Lubko, late Alberta Provenzano, late George Leoni, late William Leoni, late Aurora Simon and late Anita Leoni; aunt, greataunt and great-great-aunt of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. BEtjAcOB, Julia, 90. Wife of the late Abraham; mother of Jean (late Denis Brzezinski), Julie (Robert) Eberle, Anthony (Karen) Betjacob and Joseph Betjacob; grandmother of Gena (Kevin) Kasperbauer; great-grandmother of Sabrina Kasperbauer and Gabriella Kasperbauer. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. BOULAhAN is, Christopher George, 49. Father of Nikko Christopher Avila; son of Marie Sue, nee Bruno, and the late George Nick Boulahanis; brother of George (Kelly Cleary) Boulahanis; uncle of George Robert Boulahanis; nephew, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. h cOmPtON, Glenn. Veteran of the United States Navy. Husband of Nancy, nee Palermo; father o f Karri (the late John) Spillane, Glenn (Mary Lou) and Gerry (Greta); grandfather of Samantha, Charlie, Ellie, Joe, Kaitlyn, Maizy and Elizabeth; brother of Jim (Kay) and the late Joyce; uncle, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. dABE, April C. Daughter of the late Roger Dabe and the late Jean (Louis) Engelhart; sister of Jackie Engelhart, Toni (Glenn) Balanay and the late Donald Engelhart; aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. deLEO, Sam Jr., 83. Husband of Mary Jean, nee Leone; brother of Gloria (the late Dominic Basili) and the late Michael DeLeo; uncle of many. dEmAriA, Joseph Anthony Demaria, Jr., 65, of Las Vegas. Husband of Katherine Ann, nee Powrozek; brother of Diana Dema ria and Michael (Amber Stokes) Demaria; stepfather of Tammie (Mike) Vandevelde, Roland (Irene) Pelletier, and Connie (Greg) Aumamn; grandfather of Nicole, Cameron, Hayley, Eddie, Ariana, Blake, Mason, Isabelle, and Claudio; great-grandfather of Mia, Emie, and Cruz; uncle of Michael, Anthony, Jakob, Jaileigh, Annie, Bobby, and Christopher. diAmONd, Richard J. Jr. Brother of Leann Diamond, Rene (Harry) Mazz one, Michael (Terese) Diamond; uncle of Michael (Dee) Diamond, Alexis (Jonathan) Blaue, Mark Cardelli, Rachael Cardelli, Nick Cardelli and Marissa Mazzone; great-uncle of Evelyn, Addison and Mason. fALAgAN, Juana. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park.

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gONzALEz, Eulalia. Wife of the late Melquiades; mother of Maria Nealis, Benito (Gloria) Gonzalez, Enrique (May) Gonzalez, Nelda Lugo, Cesar (Victoria) Gonzalez, Edward (Christina) Gonzalez; grandmother of Natalie, Angela, Phillip, Eric, Diane, Matthew, Christina, Rick, Gabriel, Isabel, Jacqueline, Martin; great-grandmother of Alexandra, Kalyssa, Destyne, Emma, Sophia, Annalisa, Rhett and Teddy; sister, a unt, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. h grEEN, Marcus, 28. Veteran of the United States Navy. Son of Kimberley Triplett and Wilbur Green. Brother of Jason Green, Carl Green and Jaylen Green; friend of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. gUidO, John Anthony Sr. Husband of Diana, nee Kampf; father of Deana (David) Tomczyk and John Guido Jr.; brother of MaryAnn (Thomas) Navigato, Anthony (Doris) Guido and the late Rosanne (late John) Burzawa; grandfather of Gabriella, Brianna and Angelina Guido, Brandon and Carli Tomczyk; uncle of many. h hErrErA, Ubaldo. Veteran of the United States Marines. Husband of Miriam Herrera; father of Ingrid and Ubaldo Jr.; son of Socorro and Pablo Malaquias Garcia; brot her of Sandra Garcia and Angela Grimaldo. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. h jONEs, Howard Avery, 72. Retired Chicago Police Officer, Cook County Forest Preserve Police Officer and decorated United States Marine Corps Sergeant. Father of Kimberly Jones Boulaid and Jennifer (Dean) Jones Slawek; grandfather of Sean Slawek and Joseph Slawek; brother of the late Edwin (Gina), Marvin, Janet (Fred) Haas, Larry (Maryanne) and Wayne Jones. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. h mAPLE, Johnny L., of Maywood, 74. Veteran of the United States Army. Husband of Cheryl L., nee Jackson; father of Sonja Maple and the late Christopher Maple; grandfather of Mario, Rheshad, Nadya and Mennoye Maple, Kelilah Daniels, Jasmine Carroll, Joseph Carroll, D’Angelo Williams and Crystal Maple; greatgrandfather of Naziah, Zelyah, Rheshad Jr., Laniya and Harley; brother of Gus (Florence) Spann, Perry (Beverly) Maple, Marty Haynes, Mary Haynes, Sandra Haynes, Hosea (Phyllis) Haynes, Steve (the late Cassandra) Haynes, the late George Maple, late Larry Haynes and late Benjamin “Juggy” Haynes. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hil lside. miNghEttiNO, Russell. Husband of Stella, nee Selvaggio; father of Sara, Rocco (Nadia) and Nicolas (Meghan); grandfather of Arianna, Thomas and Madeline; uncle of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. mUrrAy, Ellen, 77, of Bellwood. Mother of Steve Murry, Gregory L. Sr. (Patricia) Murry, Brenda J. Leonard, Marvin G. Murry, Kenneth L. Murry, Kelvin Murry Sr., Tracey N. (Gregory E.) Butler; grandmother of Demeriel, Jasmin, Erica, Gregory Jr., Joshua, Christian, Brittany, Myiesha Murry, Myiesha Davis, Antwan (Nicole) Waters, Latoya, Andrew, Raquel, Kendall, Kenesha, Brianna, Kelvin Jr., late Kelvin MyShawn and Kahlil; great-grandmother of many; sister of Levarn C. (Delphine) Murry, Lester Murry, Rosetta (the late Joseph) Matthews, the late Edgar (Rosetta) Ran dle, the late Willie (the late Jesse) Randle, the late Roosevelt (Dorothy) Randle, the late James (the late Essie) Randle, the late Ezekiel Jr., (the late Loria and the late Ernestine) Murry, the late Duke Ellington (Janet) Murry and the late Earlene (the late Earnest) Walker; cousin, aunt and friend of many. Ellen was an usher at Rock of Ages Baptist Church. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 45 00 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

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