Alice M. Busin nee Guizzo - 106

10/30/1909 - 1/30/2016
Chicago's Roseland and Historic Pullman Neighborhood Alice M. Busin nee Guizzo, age 106. Immigrated from her home town of Selva del Montello, Province of Treviso, Italy in 1949 and settled as a Longtime resident of Chicago’s Historic Pullman and Roseland Neighborhoods. Wife of the late Arcangelo “Angelo” Sartor. Mama of Julie (Edwin) Braasch. Noni of Derek (Nina) Braasch and Keven (Allison) Braasch. Bisnona of Sebastian Braasch. Sister of Aldo Guizzo, Imidia Guizzo, Sergia Bardini and nine predeceased siblings in Italy. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th Street (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Tuesday February 2nd from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Lying in state Wednesday from 8:30 AM until time of funeral mass 9:30 AM at St Anthony Church, 11533 S Prairie Ave, Chicago. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. For further info 708-481-9230 and

Karen A. Nichols nee Zagorski - 64

3/9/1951 - 1/28/2016
Longtime Manteno and formerly of Matteson Karen A. Nichols nee Zagorski age 64. Passed away peacefully at home on Thursday the 28th of January 2016. Graduate of Rich East High School and later received her B.A. in Business Management at Benedictine University. Employed for over 20 years at Panduit in Tinley Park. Some of her many interests were dancing, reading books and cooking. Devoted mother of Veronica (David) Garcia, Annalisa (Alan) Cook and Cassandra Nichols. Loving grandmother of Nathaniel, Olivia, Natalie and Izabella. Daughter of the late Margaret nee Benjatka and Philomen Zagorski. Sister of Pamela Frenzel, Paulette (Gary) Emmett, Phyllis Walsh, Maureen Berryman and Richard Zagorski. Beloved aunt and dear friend of many. Services were private. For further information contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights at 708-481-9230 or

Jose Lopez - 72

5/2/1943 - 1/22/2016
Harvey Jose A. Lopez age 72. Longtime Harvey resident, native of La Piedad, Michoacan, Mexico. Retired Furnace Operator for GKN Metals with over 20 years of service. Husband for 46 years of Celia nee Reyes. Father of Juan (Lupita) Lopez. Grandfather of Emiliano and Sebastian Lopez. Brother of Celia Ramos, Anita, Juana and the late Miguel Lopez. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Sunday January 24th from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Monday 9:15 AM chapel prayers to St. Paul Catholic Church, 206 E. 25th St., Chicago Heights. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. 708-481-9230 or

Kolbin J.D. Chidlow Williams - 20

1/20/2016 - 1/20/2016
Steger Kolbin J.D. Chidlow Williams age 20. Longtime Steger resident, native of of Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. Beloved son of Dr. Shannon Chidlow Williams and James Williams. Loving brother of James, Gina, Austin, Alexis, Daniel and Matthew Williams. Grandson of Glenn and Marilyn Chidlow. Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Sauk Village, 22240 Burnham Ave., Sauk Village on Monday January 25th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and Tuesday morning January 26th from 9:00 AM until time of funeral services at 10:00 AM. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Steger. For further service information contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home 708-481-9230 or

Lynnette Joy Heuser - 61

1/19/2016 - 1/19/2016
Markham Lynnette Joy Heuser nee Mowen age 61. Longtime resident of Markham formerly of Country Club Hills. Hillcrest High School graduate. Private Home Health Caregiver. Mother of Michelle Vinezeano, , Christopher (Michele) Vinezeano, Lydia (Esteban) Vallejo, Jennifer Heuser, and the late Rebecca Vinezeano. Grandmother of Allysa, Andrea, Matthew, Kelli, Travis, Zoe, Emily, Xavier, Alexzander, Francesca and Madeline. Great grandmother of Lily, Leo and Laiyah. Sister of Leslie (Frank) Guerrera, Diane (Anthony) Lyles and Mary (Leslie) Fletcher. Devoted companion to her many pets. A memorial visitation will be held at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Monday January 25th from 12:00 noon until time of memorial services at 8:00 PM. 708-481-9230 or

Jack Thomas Feminis Jr. - 57

5/12/1958 - 1/19/2016
South Chicago Heights Jack Thomas Feminis Jr. age 57. Lifelong South Chicago Heights resident. Bloom High School graduate class of 1976. Beloved son of Carmella nee DeSalvo and the late Jack T. Feminis Sr. Brother of Joseph (Sheryl), Virginia, John and Michael (Meredith) Feminis. Loving uncle of Matthew, Anthony (Jenna), Christopher (Alyson) Feminis, Zachary Roszak, Gianna, Francesca and Sophia Feminis. Great uncle of Addison, Maria and Vincent. Loving nephew, cousin 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 Thursday January 21st from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral service Friday 10:30 AM. Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. 708-481-9230 or

Mellanie Gaile Trachsel - 67

5/12/1948 - 1/19/2016
Crete Mellanie Gaile Trachsel nee Zweifel age 67. Longtime Crete resident. Retired in 2011 from Harvey School District 152 after 40 years as a teacher at Holmes Elementary. Loving wife of the late Fred Trachsel. Beloved daughter of the late Ida (nee Kopeika) and Gerald Zweifel. Sister of the late Arnold Zweifel. Devoted daughter in law of the late Mae (nee Cannizzo) and Fred Trachsel. Dear cousin, aunt and friend of many. Mellanie was a graduate of Thornton Twp High School and Illinois State University. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from National Lewis University. Mellanie enjoyed traveling the world, her affiliation with DANK/Jolly Burgenlanders and the many other social and philanthropic groups she belonged to. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Wednesday January 27th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Thursday 9:45 chapel prayers to St. Liborius Church, 35th St. & Halsted Blvd., Steger. Mass 10:30 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. 708-481-9230 or

Rena Jean Newquist - 80

3/28/1935 - 1/18/2016
South Chicago HEights Rena Jean Newquist, age 80, died at home on January 18, 2016. She peacefully slipped away while her children were laughing together while they shared stories about her—which is exactly the way she wanted it. Opting for hospice care at home after battling multiple health issues for the past five years—while still working full-time at the job she loved—she said she wanted to die surrounded by family and friends, laughing and talking, and eating good food. The last week of her life was filled with love and laughter, including the happy sounds of her newest joy, her three-month-old great grandson. Born and raised in Steger, Illinois, Rena was the daughter of Alfred and Mary (nee Mongillo) DeAmicis. She was an only child who grew up living with one grandmother and next door to the other, which she often used to her advantage, prompting her father to affectionately refer to her for the rest of his life as “the Brat.” Her childhood was a happy one, filled with her extended Italian family, including her cousin, Phyllis “Tootsie” Paape, who lived next door, and many friends, including Rosalie Klyczek, her lifelong best friend. She went to St. Liborius School in Steger, where she was a lifelong parishioner, and to Bloom High School in Chicago Heights. Rena was a secretary at Thrall Car when she met the love of her life, Ronald A. Newquist. They married in 1955. In 2004, she wrote in a letter to God—one of several she’d write over the years—under the heading Best Memory Category: “When I was walking down the aisle to meet Big R in St. Liborius Church to get married, my hands were like ice (nervous?), but when I met him and he took my hand in his very warm paw, somehow I knew that no matter what happened in the future, it would always turn out right! Well, there were some detours along the way, but I have to admit that things were great until you decided to take him back!” Ron died in 2000. After marrying, Rena and Ron lived above a pool hall in the “Hungry Hill” neighborhood of Chicago Heights, where they had three daughters. Sherry was born in 1956 and Karen in 1957. The third, Kathleen, died the day she was born in 1959, a day Rena included in the Worst Memory Category in the same letter to God. When she was pregnant for the fourth time, Rena and Ron moved to a yellow brick house in a new subdivision in South Chicago Heights, where Colleen was born in 1961 and Ron in 1965. Rena lived in that house for the rest of her life. Rena loved to work. In the 1970s, she began working for Broadcast Advertisers Reports, later named Arbitron, quickly rising to the position of branch manager and ultimately managing 60 employees. The company monitored television commercials for advertisers, which suited Rena well. She always said she loved commercials as much if not more than TV shows. When the office closed after more than 25 years, she began her second career, working for Bloom Township, where she was transportation coordinator for 21 years, until she retired on December 1, 2015. Rena loved to be in charge, earning the nickname “the General” among the Bloom Township bus drivers. She could be bossy and demanding, and her wrath could make grown men quiver. At the same time, she was fiercely protective and an ardent defender of those who could not help themselves, especially children and animals. She believed in speaking up and speaking her mind, and had a strong sense of justice. She firmly believed that there was a place in the world for hit-men, particularly when it came to those who abused children and animals. Rena was resilient, tough, and unconventional. She cared deeply for people in her life—family, neighbors, co-workers, bus customers, and friends, including Mary Sanfratello and Linda Fox, who had many a Monday night pizza party with her, and Jolyn Bishop, who was her errand-runner, chauffer, and surrogate daughter in later years. She made sure every personal milestone and happy occasion were celebrated; every sad occasion acknowledged. She was terrific at making sure people knew she was thinking of them, keeping Hallmark and Fannie Mae candies in business with her many purchases. More than anything, Rena loved to laugh. Nothing pleased her more than sitting around a table with her family telling stories and laughing uproariously, except perhaps going to Disney World with the entire family, which she did several times. She was the first to laugh at herself and her foibles. She was who she was, with no apologies. She wrote in a letter to her family: “When I finally go down that golden road, I would like to be remembered as myself, not some ‘nice little old lady.’ I’d rather you remember the outrageous things or goofy things I did—I just couldn’t fit that picture of a sweet old thing.” Rena is survived by her children, Sherry Newquist, Karen (Mark) Gretzinger, Colleen (Michael Weiss) Newquist and Ronald E. Newquist; grandchildren Adrienne (Brian) Citta, Mook Gretzinger, and Aaron Weiss; great-grandson Tucker Citta; and two cats, Ernie and Angel. Sister-in-law of the late James (late Marge) and the late Thomas (Valeen) Newquist. Beloved niece, aunt, cousin and dear friend of many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rte. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Friday, January 22 from 3 to 9 PM. Funeral Saturday 9:15 AM chapel prayers to St. Liborius Church, Steger. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Steger. 708-481-9230 or Memorial contributions may be made to South Suburban Humane Society or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Peter Cannella - 68

9/14/1947 - 1/15/2016
Mokena resident, formerly of Roseland Peter Cannella, age 68, passed away peacefully on Friday January 15th. Born Sept. 14, 1947 in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood, he had been a longtime Mokena resident. Retired after over 30 years of service as a Bus Operator for the CTA. Served with the US Army Special Forces/Green Berets during the Vietnam War. Graduate of Fenger High School. Father of Lisa Marie and Amy Cannella. Son of the late Norma nee Cappozzo and Peter Cannella. Brother of Joann (Robert) Shaller. Former husband of Debra nee Weddington. Loving nephew, cousin, uncle and friend of many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (US RT. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave) Chicago Heights on Tuesday January 19th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Wednesday morning 9:00 AM chapel prayers to St. Mary Church, 19515 S. 115th Ave, Mokena. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. 708 481-9230 of

Marilyn E. Clarke - 100

6/12/1915 - 1/14/2016
Hyde Park and Village Woods, Crete Marilyn E. Clarke nee Hendershott, age 100, passed away peacefully on Jan 14th. Born June 12, 1915 in Ottumwa, Iowa. A proud resident of Windmill Nursing Home in South Holland, Marilyn had been a longtime resident of Village Woods in Crete, Chicago’s Northside and the Hyde Park neighborhood. Wife of the late John. Mother of Donald (Beth). Grandmother of Phillip (late Terri), Matthew (Julie), Brendon and Collin. Great grandmother of Jordan Ramirez. Great-great grandmother of Jaxx Ramirez. Beloved aunt and dear friend of many. A longtime Chicago resident, Marilyn’s greatest joys were her family and traveling with her husband John. Visitation Monday morning January 18th at St. James Catholic Church, 22400 S. Torrence Ave, Sauk Village from 9:30 AM until time of funeral mass at 10:30 AM. Private interment St. James Cemetery, Sauk Village. Memorials in Marilyn’s name to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the Clarke family. For further service information contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights, 708 481-9230 or

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