Robert J. "Bob" Neubauer - 80

10/28/1935 - 5/28/2016

Robert J. “Bob” Neubauer, age 80, Frankfort resident. Former Vice President of Marketing for the Illinois Central Railroad, Past President for 15 years of the Mokena Community Public Library District Board. Former longtime member of Olympia Fields Country Club. Married for 58 years to Judith “Judy” nee Yaskoitz. Loving father of Donna (David) DeMarco, Robert (Laura) Neubauer and Linda (Joseph) Mick. Caring grandfather of Gina and Sara DeMarco, Robert, Ashley,  and Emily Neubauer, Alexandra and Lauren Mick. Son of the late Rose nee Bodendorfer and Adolph Neubauer.  Brother of the late Dolores (late Edward) Kreher and Adolph Neubauer. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 65 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort, IL 60423 on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 3-9 PM. Funeral service Friday, June 3, 2016 with chapel prayers at 9:30 AM to St. Anthony Catholic Church, 7659 W. Sauk Trail, Frankfort, IL 60423 for a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial. Interment Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Frankfort, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the United Leukodystrophy Foundation, 224 N. Second Street, Ste 2, Dekalb, Illinois, 60115.  Info or 815-806-2225.

Sam J, DiGiovanni - 87

11/5/1928 - 5/26/2016
Olympia Fields, Illinois

Sam J. DiGiovanni age 87.  Longtime Olympia Fields resident, born and raised in Chicago Heights. Retired in 1986 as a Partner at Arthur Anderson & Company. Graduate of Bloom Township High School and Indiana State University. U. S. Navy Veteran.  Longtime Member of the Olympia Fields Country Club and Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL. Past President and longtime Director of the Western Golf Association, Evans Scholars Foundation Trustee (WGA).  Sam’s charismatic nature and enthusiasm for life was evident in his passion for family, golf, cooking and the finer things in life.  He left a lasting impression on all that he touched in his 87 delightful years. Husband for 50 years of the late Doreen nee Massetti.  Father of Nick (Tonya Roberson Japp), James (Diane) and the late Perry (Misty) DiGiovanni.  Grandfather of Jennifer Smucker, Jessica, Michael, Ryan and Sam DiGiovanni.  Brother of Joseph (Sharon), Nick (Sharon) DiGiovanni and the late Josephine (late John) Zaranti, John (Barbara) and baby Giuseppe DiGiovanni.  Devoted friend and companion of Charlotte Horan. Beloved cousin, uncle, and friend of many. A memorial mass will be celebrated Friday June 17th, 10:00 AM at St. Anthony Church, 7659 W. Sauk Trail Ave, Frankfort.  A luncheon reception and celebration of Sam’s life immediately following at Olympia Fields Country Club. In Lieu of flowers, memorials to Evans Scholars Foundation, 1 Briar Road, Golf, IL 60029.  The link for online donations is:  For further service information please contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights, IL., 708 481-9230 or

Theresa V. Greci - 89

2/23/1927 - 5/22/2016
Olympia Fields

Theresa V. Greci nee Molinare age 89. Olympia Fields resident, born and raised on Chicago’s Westside. Longtime member of Olympia Fields Country Club.  Wife for 66 years of the late Vincent Greci.  Mother of Linda (Edward) Ewing, Jim (Marie) and Vincent Jr. (Sheri) Greci.  Grandmother of Lisa (Frank) Dudzik, Christina (James) Christofferson, Anthony Ewing, Elyse (Jacob) Bandy, Linnea, Jaclyn and Vincent “VJ” Greci III.  Great grandmother of Savannah, Frank Jr., Joshua, Caleb, John and Leo Dudzik, and Palmer Marie Bandy. The youngest and last of eleven Molinare siblings, Theresa was a woman of strong character and a great sense of humor. She will be fondly remembered by her family and those fortunate to have known her. Committal services will be offered on Friday morning May 27th, 10:30 AM at the Good Shepherd Cemetery chapel, 16201 – 104th Ave., Orland Park followed by Mausoleum entombment.  Memorials to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the Greci Family.  For further service information please contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights, IL. 708-481-9230 or

Aristide "Arthur" Cioe Sr. - 81

5/9/1935 - 5/19/2016
Longtime Chicago Heights resident

Aristide “Arthur” Cioe Sr. age 81.  Longtime Chicago Heights resident. Native of Amaseno, Prov. Frosinone, Italy. Proud employee of Alpha Construction/Arquilla Companies where he served for many years as Master Mechanic and Heavy Equipment Manager. Owner Operator of the family owned Arturo’s 3-Star Restaurant in Chicago Heights from 1989-2000. Husband of the late Maria Giovanna “Joan” (nee Gasparetti) Cioe. Father of Mary Ester (Luciano) Panici, Roberta (Joseph Sr.) Cioe Buoscio, and the late Arthur Jr. (Traci) Cioe. Devoted “Nonno” of Luciano (Christine) and Joanna Panici, Joseph Jr., Alexander and Mark Buoscio, Aristide III “AJ” and Giovanni Rocco “Gio” Cioe. Bisnonno of Isabella Marie Panici. Brother of Vincent (Maria) Cioe, Joseph (Maria Chiara) Cioe and the late Adele “Lina” (late Mario) Minotti. Beloved “Zio Arturo” to his many nieces and nephews. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Thursday May 26th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Funeral Friday 9:15 AM to St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights.  Mass 10:00 AM.  Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood.  708-481-9230 or

Dr. Gerald Emmett Byrne Jr. M.D. - 78

12/31/1937 - 5/17/2016
Naples & Miami, FL., formerly of Chicago's South side

Gerald Emmett Byrne, Jr., M.D., 78, formerly of Miami, FL and recently of Naples, FL died May 17, 2016.  Born in Chicago, December 31, 1937, he was the son of the late Gerald E. and Angela Genevieve Kilboy Byrne.


He graduated from St. Catherine of Genoa grammar school in 1951; Mendel Catholic High School in 1955; St. Joseph’s College in 1959; and St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1963.  Dr. Byrne completed postdoctoral training in Pathology and Hematopathology at St. Louis University and the University of Chicago where he was one of the first two fellows in Hematopathology in the United States.


Following completion of his training, Dr. Byrne entered the U.S. Air Force as a Major and was assigned to the Malcom Grow USAF Hospital at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Maryland.


After serving in the USAF, he returned to the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Director of the Clinical Hematology Laboratory from 1971-1975.  In 1975, Dr. Byrne became Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Miami (Florida) School of Medicine.  He was promoted to full professor in 1980.   During his tenure at the University of Miami, he served as Director of Hematopathology and Director of Clinical Pathology. He was Director of Residency Training for 15 years.


Dr. Byrne was highly sought after to provide continuing education programs for pathologists, hematologists, and oncologists.  He frequently spoke at meetings of state and national pathology societies. Dr. Byrne was President of the Florida Society of Pathology, 1986-1987.


Of all these accomplishments, he was most proud of his family.  Gerald “Jerry”, will be missed by his loving wife, Maxine Trivelli Byrne of 55 years; son, Christopher, his wife, Julia and grandson, Joseph all of Marco Island, FL; daughter, Rebecca, her husband, Anthony Malloy and grandchildren, Mitchell, Rachel, Anthony, Jr. and Shannon all of Riverside, IL; daughter, Erin, her husband, Stephen Pierce and grandchildren, Samuel, Anna, and Baby Jacob Gerald all of Mishawaka, IN; sister, Patricia Ann Byrne Sonnicksen of Glenview, IL. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Geraldine Angela Byrne Swallow.


Jerry’s family will forever remember him for his kindness, generosity and dedication.  He exemplified the character and integrity of a true gentleman.  He was especially grateful for his friends who brought such joy to his life and for the privilege of working with many colleagues who tirelessly made patient care their priority.   His Irish eyes and beautiful smile will live on in the hearts of all those who loved him dearly.


In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Byrne’s memory may be made to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1475 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136 or St. Joseph College,1498 S. College Ave., Rensselaer, IN. 47978 

Visitation is Sunday, May 22nd from 2:00-7:00 p.m. at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Family and friends will meet at Christ the King Church, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago. for a 10:00 AM Funeral Mass.  Entombment will be at the Mausoleum of the Archangels, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, IL.

Theresa M. Piunti - 97

2/14/1919 - 5/16/2016
Lifelong Chicago Heights resident

 Theresa M. Piunti, age 97. Lifelong Chicago Heights resident. Beloved daughter of the late Adelina nee Sebastian and Salvatore Piunti. Sister of Sam (Darnell) and the late Giudo Piunti. Aunt of Sharon Sanfratello, Andrea Willaert, Cheryl Piunti, Kristi Porcelli, Nancy Karpus, Sheldon, Guido, Vince, and Jason Piunti. Great aunt of many. Theresa’s life work was one of selfless devotion and caring for her parents, brothers, nieces and nephews. Her memory will forever be embraced in the hearts of those she touched.  Visitation Saturday morning May 21st at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Chicago Heights, from 9:00 AM until time of funeral mass at 10:00 AM. Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. For further service information please contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights, 708 481-9230 or

Richard Austin Potts - 87

10/7/1928 - 5/13/2016
Longtime Crete resident

Richard Austin Potts age 87. Longtime Crete resident. Graduate of St Rita High School and the American Academy of Arts. Retired Commercial Artist in the Chicagoland area.  Husband of the late Anne nee Byrnes. Father of Dr. Steven Potts DO, Susan Kluskowski and Lisa (Vincent) Polito. Grandfather of Jacob and Nicholas Kluskowski.  Brother of Robert (Irene) Potts. Son of the late Blanche nee Kennedy and Bryson Potts. Funeral services and burial private.  In lieu of flowers memorials to Richard & Anne Potts Scholarship Fund, c/o Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland Ave., Chicago Heights, IL  60411.  For further information please contact Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights at 708-481-9230 or

Donald J. Aprati - 69

11/29/1946 - 5/6/2016
Chicago Heights


Donald Aprati age 69.  School Board President of Bloom Township High School District 206. Lifelong Chicago Heights resident, graduate of Bloom High School Class of 1964. Awarded B.S. in Education and M.S. in Education Adminstration – Principal Certificate and Superintendency Certificate from Northern Illinois University. Prior to his retirement in 2006, Don served Chicago Heights School District 170 for 37 years, as Teacher, Dean of Boys,Principal, and Assistant Superintendent. After retiring, he worked as an ESL Instructor at Prairie State College and a Principal Mentor for the State of Illinois/South Cook County Intermediate Center. Husband for 49 years of Barbara nee Apponi. Father of Lisa Aprati and Brian (Michelle) Aprati. Grandfather of Skylar, Kendelle, Noelle, Kellsey, Isabella Aprati, the late Philip and Victor Aprati. Son of the late Marie nee Wycykal and Joseph Aprati. Brother of Mary Ann and the late Joseph J. (Debbie) Aprati. Beloved uncle and dear friend of many.  Don’s tireless work and advocacy for the students of the Chicago Heights area will forever be appreciated and remembered. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Wednesday May 11th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Funeral Thursday 9:15 AM to St. Kieran Church, Chicago Heights.  Mass 10:00 AM.  Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood.  708-481-9230 or

Herbert "Bud" Saller - 84

5/7/1931 - 5/4/2016
Chicago Heights and Crete

Herbert F. “Bud” Saller age 84.  Longtime Chicago Heights and Crete resident. Former Co-Owner and Operator of Bahlman Oil Company. U.S. Navy Veteran/USS Frank Knox. Member of Theta Chi Fraternity at Valparaiso University. Beecher High School graduate. Beloved husband for 61 years of Melrose “Mel” nee Rhode.  Loving father of Lauren (late Jeffrey) Thiesen, Steven (Dana) Saller and Joy (Lawrence) Wells.  Grandfather of Adam (Kathryn) and David Thiesen, Grant (Iva), Austin (Donna) and Jordan (Krista) Saller, Ashley and Nicole Wells. Great grandfather of three. Brother of the late Charlene (late Arthur) Graham and William Saller.  Uncle and dear friend of many. Bud’s engaging nature and sense of humor will be fondly remembered by those fortunate to have known him. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Monday May 9th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Funeral services Tuesday 11:00 AM.  Interment Mt. Greenwood Cemetery, Chicago.  708-481-9230 or

Marion A. Ohlendorf - 90

5/15/1925 - 5/3/2016
Lifelong Chicago Heights resident

Marion A. Ohlendorf nee Carley age 90, passed away peacefully in Wauwatosa, WI on Tuesday, May 3rd.  Lifelong Chicago Heights resident and  Bloom High School graduate.  Longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  Wife for 66 years of the late Norman C. Ohlendorf.  Mother of Kathleen (late Richard) Wales, Robert (Gail) Ohlendorf and Carol (Rev. Warren) Uecker.  Grandmother of Sue  and Don (Peggy) Wales, James, Jeff, Kyle (Kris) and Greg Ohlendorf, Toby and Josh Uecker.  Great grandmother of Jayden Ohlendorf.  Sister of the late Allen and Edwin Carley.  Loving aunt and dear friend of many.  Marion enjoyed her many years with the Happy Swingers Square Dance Club, roller-skating, and travelling.   Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Monday May 9th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Body will lie in state at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 330 W. Highland Dr. (10th St. & Ashland Ave.), Chicago Heights on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until time of funeral service at 10:00 AM.  Interment St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Flossmoor.  708-481-9230 or

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