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Katerina Karras, “Kay” (nee Panagiotopoulos), 75, Elmhurst, died May 4. Beloved mother of Paul (Fran) and Sophia (Tim) Berdebes; dearest “yiayia” of Nick (Jennifer), the late George, Helen, Katerina, and Peter; great-”yiayia” of Eva and Niko; loving sister of George Panos (Gloria); fond aunt of many nieces and nephews here in the United States and in Greece. Katerina will be remembered for her selfless heart, forever putting friends and family first, and will be truly missed. May her memory be eternal.
Michael R. White
Michael R. White, 64, New Lenox, died May 3. He was an avid reader (sometimes two or three books a week), attended live performances whenever possible and enjoyed music, films and television. Michael was a people-person, he enjoyed helping in the community and at his church. He loved dogs – always kidding around – when he saw a dog out in public he said, “all dogs know me, they love me.” As did most people. Mike has friends all across the country. His Christmas card list is made-up of over 200 addresses, and he planned the mailing carefully so every card arrived on the first delivery day after Thanksgiving. He was in constant contact with many, many people. Michael is survived by his husband Tim Miller, parents Robert and Carol White, brothers E. Anthony (Alita) and Terry (Sheila), and a long list of nieces and nephews, and great-nieces/nephews. And Michael’s dog Sadie.
Mark Galvan, 74, New Lenox. died May 3. Retired after over 30 years of faithful service for I.B.E.W. Local 701. U.S. Army Veteran. Husband for 52 years of Anna (nee) Valle; father of Christine (Michael) Bonnan, Renee (Michael) Dybala, and Nicole (Alan) Krusza; devoted “Nonno” of Brianna, Jacob, Julia, Kyle, Katherine, Lea, and Kelly, “Bisnonno” of Ryan, Nolan and Rylee; beloved father figure to Kimberly and Steve Vick; brother of Teresa Fabris, Maria Tenuta, Lucia Emrich, Flora Lakomek, Andrew and the late John and Anthony Galvan; dear uncle and friend of many. Beloved brother-in-law and Zio Marco to his extended family in Italy. Mark was a proud and active member of American Legion Post 1977, the Knight of Columbus Father Dick Allen Council #10926 of St. Jude Church, and the Veneti nel Mondo.
Charles E. Ellis
Charles E. Ellis, 88, New Lenox, and known to many as “Red”, “Chuck”, and “Charlie”, died Sunday, April 28. Beloved husband of Patricia Ellis (Otis); loving father of David (Kathleen) Ellis; cherished grandfather of Rachel, Samuel, Matthew, and Jared Ellis; dear brother of Louise “Lou” (late Earl) Voight, brother-in-law of Lois Ellis, Debra (Ricardo) Rael and Donna Buchholz. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents Jackston Sr. and Julia Ellis (Thornton); brothers Jackston Jr. (late Zelda) Ellis and William “Bill” Ellis and brother-in-law Clint Buchholz. Chuck was a United States Marine Veteran serving in the Korean War. He was 40 plus year member of AOPA, (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) and was on the search and rescue team for the Civil Air Patrol. The family wishes to thank the Joliet Area Community Hospice team for the compassionate care that Charlie and the whole family received during the last few months. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Faith Bible Church, The Center, Legacy Families, or Joliet Area Community Hospice would be appreciated.
Dena D. Luzi
Dena D. Luzi, 84. died Wednesday, May 8, New Lenox. Daughter of the late Elizabeth nee Pignotti and Peter Luzi. Sister of Rose (late George) Kristina and the late Ann (late Edward) Karpas, Nancy Luzi and Norma (late Anthony) Capretti. Beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews.