Joel Pierandozzi - 57

2/26/1959 - 11/2/2016
Lifelong Chicago Heights resident

Joel Pierandozzi, age 57, passed away suddenly on Wednesday November 2nd. Lifelong Chicago Heights resident, recently of Lowell, IN. Graduate High School Class of 1977. Former proprietor of Massetti’s Restaurant. Employee of Con-way Trucking/XPO Logistics. Father of Joseph and Julianna Pierandozzi. Son of Thelma nee Massetti and the late Carlo Pierandozzi. Brother of Edie (Cliff) Pierandozzi-Hanrahan, Carlo Pierandozzi, Janice Najar, and Anthony (Noreen) Pierandozzi. Nephew, cousin, uncle, and dear friend of many. A memorial visitation and services will be held at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (US Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave) Chicago Heights on Tuesday, November 8th from 3:00 PM until time of services at 7:30 PM. For further information contact 708 481-9230 or

Donald Taylor - 87

6/11/1929 - 11/1/2016

Donald R. Taylor, age 87, Manteno resident formerly of Richton Park, passed away November 1, 2016 at Miller Rehabilitation Center. Don was born and raised in Olney, IL. He retired from Olivieri Construction and was a former Superintendent for Pepper Construction Company and Carpenter for Paschen Construction. Husband for 69 years of Lida K. nee Rodgers. Father of Ronald (Christy) Taylor, Donna (Mark) Brown, Mary (Michael) Frazier and the late Randy Taylor. Grandfather of Michelle Howell, Timothy Taylor, Matthew Brown, Kathleen Williams, Tonnia Taylor, Jason Taylor, Madeline Frazier and Megan Frazier. Great grandfather of Suzanne, Shannon, Emma, Grace, Meagan, Lexie and Zack. Brother of the late Rosemary Shaft, Jim,Wayne and Howard Taylor. Visitation will be held at Bourbonnais Church of Christ, Friday November 25th from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, followed by a memorial service. Private burial Haven Hill Cemetery, Olney, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. For further information please contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights. 708 481-9230 of

Madelyn "Mel" Bamonti - 81

10/20/1935 - 10/31/2016
Chicago Heights and Crete

Madelyn “Mel” Bamonti nee Nudi, age 81. Longtime Chicago Heights area resident recently of Crete. Born and raised in Kenosha, Wi. Retired from Bloom Township where she served for over 20 years as a clerk in the Seniors Department. She had been the proprietor of Miz Mel’s Cards and Gifts, and worked alongside her late husband at the family owned Savoia’s Restaurant. Wife for 40 years of the late August F. Bamonti, Jr. Mother of August F. III (Ruth), David (Rene), and Michael (Julie Hottinger) Bamonti. Devoted “Noni” to her grandchildren Bree (Steve) Bakowski, Morgan Bamonti, Michelle (Scott) Kurtz, Dan (Patti) Pohrte, Gianna, Brian, Olivia, Adam and Edith Bamonti, and her great grandchildren Dominic, Julian, Avery, Gabriel, Kevin, Natalie, John and Lola. Sister of Frank Nudi. Loving “Aunt Mel” and dear friend of many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Thursday November 3rd from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Funeral Friday 10:30 AM.  Private burial.  708-481-9230 or

Dr. John C. Budicin, MD - 84

6/29/1932 - 10/28/2016
Frankfort & Olympia Fields

John C. Budicin, age 84. Loving husband of Gloria (Manfredi) for 59 years. Fond father to Robert (Anne) and William (Karen).  Caring Grand-father to Emily, Kailee and Ryan. Brother to cherished sister Antoinette Marie (Terry) Senters. John passed away at home on October 28. He was born in Chicago and was a resident of Frankfort, IL. He graduated from Marquette University in 1957 and was later certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He served in the U.S.A.F. from 1961-1963.  He joined Boulevard Medical Clinic Family Practice Physicians in 1964 as the first specialist in the group.  He has served as president, treasurer and HMO director for the clinic at various times over the years.  He was also past chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. James Hospital and Medical Center, and South Suburban Hospital. Resting at Panozzo Bros Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (US Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave) Chicago Heights on Sunday, November 6th, from 1:00 PM until time of funeral services at 4:30 PM. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to American Diabetes Association, 55 E. Monroe St., Suite 3420, Chicago, IL. 60603 would be appreciated. For further service information contact (708) 481-9230 or

William G. "Torch" Stortz Jr. - 79

11/4/1936 - 10/28/2016
Frankfort and South Holland

William G. “Torch” Stortz Jr. age 79.  Longtime Frankfort resident formerly of South Holland, born and raised in Evergreen Park passed away peacefully on October 28th after a brief illness. For over 50 years, Torch proudly served as Merchandising Manager for Century Steel in Chicago Heights. Loving husband for 62 years of Marjorie nee Farino.  Father of Lynn (Gary) Van Sipma, William G. III, Brian and Brad Stortz.  Grandfather of Sarah and Ashley Van Sipma, Leah Rae and Hailey Stortz.  Brother of Rosemary Klein and Donna Allen.  Dear uncle and friend of many.  Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.),  Chicago Heights on Friday November 4th from 3:00 PM until time of funeral services at 7:00 PM. Graveside committal services Saturday 12:00 Noon at Good Shepherd Cemetery, Orland Park.  708-481-9230 or

Frances E. Lupo - 90

7/6/1926 - 10/27/2016
Mt. Greenwood and Roseland

Frances E. Lupo nee Mazza age 90.  Longtime Mt. Greenwood resident formerly of Roseland passed away peacefully at her home on October 27th, with her loving family at her side. Born and raised in Chicago’s Taylor Street area, Fran was a longtime parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua and St. Christina Parishes and had retired from Cook County where she worked as a Court Stenographer in the Adult Probation Department. Wife for 47 years of the late James Lupo.  Mother of Anthony (Jacqueline) and Domenic (Barbi) Lupo.  Grandmother of Vincenzo CPD, Gina and Domenic.  Sister of John, and the late Tony, Frank, James and Joseph Mazza.  Loving aunt and dear friend of many.  Visitation Tuesday November 1st from 3:00 to 8:00 PM.  Funeral Wednesday, 10:30 AM. from Curley Funeral Home, 6116 W. 111th St. Chicago Ridge to St. Christina Church, 111th & Homan Ave., Chicago. Mass 11:00 AM.  Entombment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. For funeral information 708-422-2700, or

Riccarda Cantele - 84

12/30/1931 - 10/22/2016
Crete formerly of Roseland


Riccarda Cantele nee Capecchi, age 84. Longtime Crete resident formerly of Roseland. Native of Homecourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. Wife of the late Antonio Cantele. Mother of Brigitte (Walter) Calgaro, Fabienne (Tom) Lentz, and Louise Seiter. Loving “Nonna” of Michael and Laura Calgaro, Kevin and Colleen Lentz, Anthony, Andrew and Angela Seiter, and the late twins Patrick and Catherine Lentz. Sister of Viviane Gandolfi and late Maria Tcherevatchenkoff. Beloved “Zia Riccarda” of many nieces and nephews. A fabulous cook and homemaker, Riccarda enjoyed her years as a cook at Old Town Tap in Crete. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home 530 W. 14th St. (US Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave) Chicago Heights on Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Body will lie in state Wednesday morning at St. Anthony Church, 11533 S. Prairie Ave, Chicago from 9:00 AM until 9:30 AM funeral mass. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. For information contact 708 481-9230 or

Ralph J. Allen - 67

6/14/1949 - 10/15/2016
Park Forest

Ralph J. Allen, age 67. Park Forest resident, formerly of Dolton and Roseland. A service manager and technician serving the Copier Products industry, he had recently retired from COTG-A Xerox Company (formerly Distinctive Business Products). He enjoyed traveling the world with his work for Toshiba Corp, collecting cars, singing Karaoke with his family, and was proud to have published a science fiction novel and most recently, completing his auto biography. Son of the late Mary Jane nee Rizzitiello and Ralph Allen. Father of Jeffrey and Bre Allen. Brother of Mary Ann Allen. Uncle of Tammy German, Tonia Gibson and James German. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (US Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave) Chicago Heights on Thursday Oct. 20th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral services Friday 11:00 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. 708 481-9230 or

Joseph S. Christofanelli Sr. - 93

3/12/1923 - 10/13/2016
Lifelong Chicago Heights resident

Joseph S. Christofanelli age 93. Lifelong Chicago Heights resident. Member of Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local 130 UA with over 40 years of service. World War Two veteran, flying 39 missions in the China-Burma Theater as a B25 Bomber Top Turret Gunner with the US Army Air Corps - 14th Air Force/Flying Tigers. Husband for 59 years of the late Catherine L. nee Landolina.  Father of Rose (Dennis) Kogut, Mario, Cosmo and Joseph Jr. (Sandra) Christofanelli.  Grandfather of Catherine and Mary Kogut, Philip, Michael, Joseph and Leah Christofanelli. Brother of Thomas Christofanelli and the late Angeline Gambarota, Fausta, Anthony, James, Sam, and Louis Christofanelli. Uncle and friend of many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Monday October 17th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Funeral Tuesday morning 9:15 AM chapel prayers to St. Agnes Catholic Church, Chicago Heights.  Mass 10:00 AM.  Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood.  708-481-9230 or

Geraldine Rovano - 83

8/29/1933 - 10/12/2016

Geraldine Marie Rovano nee DeMarco age 83.  Longtime Tinley Park and Orland Park resident, born and raised in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. Graduate of St. Anthony Grammar School and St. Willibrord High School. Retired after over 35 years of service as Office Manager for the Appellate Court of Illinois, Daley Center, Chicago. Wife for 35 years of Sgt. Major James J. Rovano, U.S. Army Retired. Mother of Darr Akers, Brian (Laurie), James, and Tony (Jenny) Rovano. Grandmother of Patrick Akers, Megan (Michael) Thompson, Anthony, Jacob, Nicholas and Mark Rovano. Great grandmother of Skyler, James and Joseph. Daughter of the late Theresa nee Santangelo and Angelo DeMarco. Aunt and dear friend of many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Sunday October 16th from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Funeral Monday 9:00 AM to St. Stephen, Deacon & Martyr Church, 17500 – 84th Ave., Tinley Park.  Mass 10:00 AM.  Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth.  708-481-9230 or

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