Donald J. Croarkin - 84

2/12/1933 - 10/11/2017
Chicago Heights Donald J. Croarkin age 84 of Chicago Heights, formerly of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. U.S. Army National Guard Veteran. Don attended St. Brides, Chicago, Quigley Prep Seminary, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary (BA), Loyola University Chicago (M.Ed), Dominican University (MLS) and the University of Vienna. Over the years he was employed by Chicago Public Schools, Springfield Ave. Jr. High in Midlothian and Bloom Township in Chicago Heights. Don Spent 36 years as Librarian at Bloom Trail H.S., where the library was named for him. He was the Co-Director of Bloom Alumni Association since 2000 and served on the Bloom H.S. Credit Union for 30 years. Member of the IEA, NEA and Knights of Columbus. Don was honored with the Christi Fidelis Award by the Chicago Archdiocese. His hobbies included golf, stamp collecting, family genealogy and foreign travel, especially to Ireland and Italy. Don was a giving, selfless, faithfull loving man always willing to provide a helping hand to anyone. Son of the late Eugene Croarkin and Rose Croarkin-Metzinger nee Staskiewicz. Brother of the late Jeannine (Larry) Leaveck and infant Richard Croarkin. Uncle of Suzanne (Joseph) Trujillo, Sean (Angela) Leaveck, the late Laurinne (Michael) Kinney, Timothy (Debbie) Leaveck, and LiAnne Leaveck. Nephew of the late Albert (late Wanda) Nyholt, Monsignor Walter Croarkin, Albert (late Mary) Benson, Rudolph (late Rita) Cross, and Gerry (late Mildred) Croarkin. Special cousin of David (Joyce) Croarkin, Daniel (Chris) Croarkin, MaryRita (Joe) Janz, Martha (Bill) Brennan, the late Tom (Mary Therese) Croarkin and Albert (Sharon) Croarkin. Best friend of Mary Prendergast nee DiGiovanni. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Friday October 20th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral Saturday morning 9:15 am to St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. In lieu of flowers, memorial in Don’s name to the American Cancer Society, 17060 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL, 60477 would be appreciated by his family. For further service information contact 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com

Dolores M. Pittacora - 87

10/26/1929 - 10/9/2017
Calumet City Dolores M. Pittacora nee Gayer age 87, Longtime Calumet City resident formerly of Chicago’s Roseland Neighborhood. Wife for 37 years of the late Frank Pittacora. Mother of Claudette (late Marco) Minghetti, Susanne (Ronald) Cimarolli, Francine (late Gregory) Pettenon, Frank Pittacora and Richard Pittacora. Grandmother of Nicole (Brian) Nickless, Christina (Rich) Mathias, Ronald (Katie) Cimarolli, Jacqueline (Chris) Wendelin, Christopher Cimarolli, Katherine Cimarolli, Michael Cimarolli, Gregory Pettenon, Pamela (Andrew) Gibson and Jeffrey Pettenon. Great-grandmother Anthony and Brian Nickless, Leonardo and Nicolas Cimarolli, Alexis, Christopher, Matthew and Emma Wendelin and Andrew Gibson. Sister of Madeline (late John) Dal Santo. Resting at St. Anthony Church, 11533 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, on Thursday October 12th from 8:30 AM until time of funeral mass at 9:30 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. For further service information please contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com

Grace A. Vela nee Alvarez - 75

2/3/1942 - 10/6/2017
Longtime Chicago Heights Grace A. Vela nee Alvarez age 75, Longtime Chicago Heights resident born in Nueva Rosita, Mexico. St Agnes Church parishioner active with the church choir. Graduate of Bloom High School Class of 1963. Retired from St James Hospital after 50 years service working in the Business Office. Wife of the late Jose M. Vela. Mother of Theresa Roberson, Cecilia (Michael) LoCicero, Claudia (David) Ellis, and Jaclyn (Billy) Adams III. Former mother in-law of Gary Roberson. Devoted grandmother of Jeffrey Jones, Julia Roberson, Geena LoCicero, Alexus Vela, Jeremy Roberson, Geno LoCicero, Daniel Vela, Prinze Ellis-Vela, Jenna Roberson and Joseph Ellis-Vela. Great-grandmother of Eden Daniels. Daughter of the late Maria nee Romo and Alvaro Alvarez. Sister of Armando (Jesusita), Philip, Angela, and the late Oscar Alvarez. Dear aunt and friend to many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Tuesday October 10th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Funeral Wednesday morning 9:15 AM to St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com.

John Vrabec - 89

6/5/1928 - 10/1/2017
South Holland John Vrabec age 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday October 1st at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy where he had resided the past 3 years. Longtime South Holland resident, formerly of Chicago’s Roseland area. Retired after 35 years of service as a machinist at Argonne National Research Laboratory. John was a Pullman Tech High School graduate and U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. Loving husband for 49 years of the late Gloria nee Panozzo. Devoted father of Lurita (Jeffrey) Garritano. Proud grandfather of Brandon and Sean Maicher. Son of the late Mary nee Buza and Samuel Vrabec. John was an active member of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima and Tresche Conca Society. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Friday October 6th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Saturday morning 9:00 AM to St. John the Baptist Church, 15746 S. Union Ave., Harvey. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com

Yolanda Formentini - 92

5/12/1925 - 9/30/2017
Lifelong Chicago Heights resident Yolanda Formentini nee Iaconi age 92, longtime resident of Chicago Heights and parishioner of St. Agnes Church, passed away peacefully at her home in LaGrange on Saturday, September 30th. She worked at Cipriani’s for over 30 years as a waitress. Yolanda was born in Chicago Heights to the late Maria and Jack Iaconi. She was a loving wife for 64 years to Louis “Gigi” Formentini. Beloved mother of Paul (Bonnie), Lou and Jeff Formentini, and Mary (John) Harrell. Adored grandmother of Lauren, Emily, Andrew and Bryana Formentini, Vittoria and Ellyson Harrell. Sister of the late Joseph, Arnold and Pasqual Iaconi. She was dedicated to her church, family, work, home and friends. Anyone who knew Yolie, recognized her devotion to her family was first and foremost in her life. She enjoyed socializing with large groups of lifelong friends and was known for her quick wit and her lively sense of humor. Yet, she will be most remembered for her skill in the kitchen. Her cooking and baking were unmatched. The family wishes to extend their deep gratitude to Yolanda’s caregivers, Amy, Sheila and Dima, for all the love and support they provided these past several years and to the many others who were there to lend support when needed. A visitation will be held at St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights on Friday October 6th from 10:00 AM until time of funeral mass at 11:00 AM. Entombment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Yolanda’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated by her family. For further service information please contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights at 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com

James F. Panas - 74

11/17/1942 - 9/27/2017
Munster & Columbus, OH James F. Panas age 74. Longtime Columbus, OH resident, recently of Munster, IN. Born and raised in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood/St. Willibrord Parish. 1960 graduate of Mendel High School, 1964 graduate of St. Joe’s College. U.S. Army Veteran/Vietnam. Retired accountant for the United States Army in Columbus, OH. Son of the late Antonia nee Pelk and James Panas. Brother of Adrianne Eagle and Louise Booth. Uncle of Anne (Steven) Duggan and Christopher Booth. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Tuesday October 3rd from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Wednesday morning 11:00 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, IL. 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com

Concetta "Connie" Faso - 99

8/31/1918 - 9/26/2017
Lifelong Chicago Heights resident Concetta “Connie” Faso nee Pagoria age 99. Lifelong Chicago Heights resident, passed away peacefully at her home on September 26th surrounded by her family. Graduate of St. Agnes Grammar School and Bloom High School. Wife for 44 years of the late Phillip J. Faso. Mother of Concelia (Paul) Giorgi, John (Michele) Faso, Angela (late Leonard) Carlman, Joseph (Sue Caprio) Faso and Phillip (Livia) Faso. Grandmother of Paul III, Thomas, Geoffrey, and Gina Giorgi, Taressa Leonardo, Christopher Faso, Anjoli Siller, Cara Mooses, Christa Lund, Lauren, Phillip and Bianca Faso. Loving “Bedda” to her great-grandchildren Jenna, Grant, Elena, Alyssa, Enzo, Elle, Brody, Trace, Alexandria, Christian, Francesca, Michael John, Nicholas, Alessia, Lilliana, Maximilian and Adelynn. Daughter of the late Angeline nee LoBue and Joseph Pagoria. Sister of Rose Macaluso and the late Andretta ”Curly” Marconi, Celia Faso and Nick Pagoria. Mrs. Faso was a homemaker, who enjoyed nothing more than being surrounded by and cooking her sumptuous Italian dishes for her five children and spouses/companions, twelve grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends who visited often. She will be remembered for her kind and gentle manner and her generous heart. She often referred to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as her “little chick-a-dees”, and pleased them with “whatever your little heart desires”. She was a joy to be around and her home often became the place to gather. Her greatest hobby for over 60 years was playing pinochle with her “club girls”. In earlier days, she was a member of the St. Agnes Altar and Rosary Society and the PTA. 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 1st from 2:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral Monday morning, 9:15 AM to St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights. Mass 10:00 AM. Entombment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com

Ida Pollack - 94

3/26/1923 - 9/26/2017
born and raised in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood Ida Pollack, nee Panozzo, age 94. Born and raised in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood/St. Anthony of Padua Parish. Retired after over 35 years of service at Sherwin-Williams Paint Company. Wife of the late Raymond Pollack. Mother of Patricia (Ronald) Baldauf. Beloved “Nan” to her grandson Jason (Deborah) Baldauf. Daughter of the late Rosa and Antonio Panozzo. Sister of Catherine (late Conrad) Trent, Louise (late Louis) Lavarda, Joaquim (Joan), Frederick, and the late John (late Henrietta) and Aldo Panozzo. Dear friend to many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (US Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave) Chicago Heights on Saturday morning September 30th from 9:00 AM until time of funeral services at 11:00 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. 708 481-9230 or panozzobros.com

Paul J. Nicola - 72

5/16/1945 - 9/25/2017
Flossmoor Resident Paul J. Nicola, age 72. Flossmoor resident formerly of South Holland and Blue Island. Graduate of Mendel Catholic High School in Chicago’s Roseland Neighborhood and Lewis University, Lockport, IL. Retired Vice President of Commercial Loans of many Chicagoland banks after 45 years of service. Former Roseland Lions Club and Jaycee’s member. Volunteer for the South Holland and Thornton ESDA. Loving husband of Janet nee Glass. Father of Peter (Jodi), John (Tamara) Nicola, Mara (James) Heinecke and Michael (Bethany) Nicola. Grandfather of Taylor, Cassie, Conner, Gabriella Nicola, Madison, Morgan, Samuel Heinecke, Jerzie, Alexander, Gavin, Sophia, Eden Nicola. Son of the late Rose nee David and Peter Nicola. Brother of Robert Nicola. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W 14th St (US Rt 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Friday September 29th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral Saturday 9:15 am from funeral home to Infant Jesus of Prague Church, Flossmoor. Mass 10:00 am. Interment private.

Jose T. Bucio - 73

5/14/1944 - 9/22/2017
Chicago Heights Jose Bucio, age 73. Longtime Chicago Heights resident, passed away Friday morning September 22nd. Native of Salvatierra, Guanajuato, Mexico. Retired from Bull Moose Tube Company in Chicago Heights after 33 years of service. Member of United Steelworker Local #9777. Proud and active member of St. Agnes Parish in Chicago Heights since 1993. Husband for 32 years of Maria Rosa Ramirez. Father of Rosa (Alejandro Gonzalez) Bucio, Christina Ramirez and Alejandro Ramirez. Grandfather of Julian, Benjamin, Jesse, Alex, Alexis, Sofia, Angelo and Alivia. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (US Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave) Chicago Heights on Tuesday Sept. 26th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Wednesday morning 9:15 AM chapel prayers to St. Agnes Church. Mass 10:00 AM. Burial will take place in Jose’s hometown of Salvatierra, Guanajuato, Mexico.

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