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W. Lee Deutsche

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home - Crete, IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Friday, January 28th from 2pm to 8pm at St. Paul UCC Church in Monee
Service Date: 01/29/2022
Place of Service: St. Paul UCC 5323 W Margaret Street, Monee, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: St. Paul's UCC Cemetery Maragret Street, Monee, Illinois (Map-it)

W. Lee Deutsche, 80, of Crete, Illinois, passed away on January 22, 2022, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, on April 1, 1941, to LeRoy and Esther (Bartels) Deutsche. Lee graduated from Crete-Monee High School in 1959 and from Arkansas State University in 1964, with a BS degree in Animal Husbandry.

As a high school FFA project, Lee purchased a few Shorthorn heifers. Raising and breeding Registered Shorthorn Cattle became a lifelong passion as a proud member of the American Shorthorn Association. Lee showed his cattle nationally, and in Canada. His reputation for knowledge of registered Shorthorn pedigrees was second to none. He also raised corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay, with his father, brother, and sons.

The Deutsche Family adopted and promoted land and water conservation practices such as terraces and no-till farming. Lee served on the Will/South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors. The Deutsche Family represented the region as Conservation Farm Family of the Year in 1982, and traveled to both the state and national conventions. Lee was the Nature Conservancy Citizen of the Year in 2016.

Lee also served his community on the Crete-Monee 201-U Board of Education, the Will County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Nature Conservancy Foundation Board, the Forest Preserve District of Will County, and the Will County Board. Lee was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and served on many church boards. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and school activities, and was a die hard Cubs fan who celebrated their long-awaited World Series Championship in 2016.

Lee is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sharon, infant granddaughter Marissa Sartori, and stepson TD Gearhart. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann; children Monica (Tim) Sartori, Darren, Amy, and Kyle (Kelly) Deutsche; stepchildren Mary Margaret (Rich) Tamez, and Elizabeth (Adam) Oestmann; grandchildren Justin and Paige Sartori, Ben and Jack Deutsche, Marisa (Cody) Hawk, Theresa Tamez, Emma and Anna Oestmann; great grandchildren Freya and June Hawk; brother David (Rita) Deutsche, and many brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s UCC, the Nature Foundation, or Will County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 28, 2022, from 2:00-8:00 p.m., and on Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 10:00-11:00 a.m., with a funeral service at 11:00, and burial and luncheon to follow at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5323 W. Margaret St., Monee, Illinois, 60449. Masks are expected to be worn at the church. The service will be livestreamed on  Arrangements entrusted to Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, IL.  Info:  (708) 672-7600.


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Lorraine A Madziarczyk

Funeral Home: Monee Funeral Home - Monee, IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Saturday, January 29th from 10AM until service at 11:30AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church
Service Date: 01/29/2022
Place of Service: Immanuel Lutheran Church 4800 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, IL (Map-it)
Cemetery: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery 4800 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, IL (Map-it)

Lorraine Ann Henrickson Madziarczyk, age 96, passed away peacefully at home in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. She was born May 3, 1925, at Chicago Lying-In Hospital to Floyd and Margaret Rost Henrickson. She lived in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago. Lorraine attended Van Vlissingen Grammar School, was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, and graduated Pullman Tech High School. She worked as a secretary at Sherwin Williams in Chicago. On May 24, 1947, Lorraine and Walter Stanley Madziarczyk, were married. Lorraine and Wally moved to Matteson, IL in 1974, where they attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Richton Park, IL. She was active in her church serving in the choir, Altar Guild, Ladies Society, and Evangelism Committee. Lorraine moved to Tennessee in the summer of 2021.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband Wally, her parents Floyd and Margaret Henrickson and her sister Dolores Alma Hamby. She is survived by her children Jerry (Ruth) Madziarczyk of Knoxville, TN, Ruth (Greg) Bloomberg of Boulder, CO, Beth (Ed) Sterling of Channahon, IL; her grandchildren Jonathan (Jen), Susan, and Jeremiah Madziarczyk, Thomas and Sara Bloomberg, and David, Laura, and Kevin Sterling; her great granddaughter, Coraline Tomala; brother-in-law Bill Hamby; sisters-in-law Irene Madziarczyk and Eleanore Bolalek.

Lorraine loved to read devotions daily and enjoyed books from the library or ones she received as gifts. She was always interested in playing games– canasta with the club girls, Racko, charades, and cards with the family. She watched Jeopardy for years. Shirley Temple was one of her favorite actors–she had even saved her original Shirley Temple paper doll.

Lorraine was a loving, kind and supportive wife and mother. She and Wally loved spending time with their friends and family playing cards and getting together for coffee and Sara Lee coffee cake. As a mother she made things special by making traditions and memories. Christmas cookie baking was always fun, and Lorraine— always a rule-follower who wanted things to look nice-allowed Jerry to mix the food coloring to make black frosting for the thumb print cookies. (We do think she preferred Ruth’s and Beth’s pink, green, and blue ones).
Her grandchildren adored her and always wanted to spend time with grandma. Lorraine had started collecting decorative frogs and soon so many people were gifting her with frog pins, figurines, pictures, and knick-knacks she needed to devote two shelves to her collection. The grandchildren loved to play with her frogs and great-granddaughter, Cora, was the last to enjoy her frogs.

People loved being with Lorraine. She was very funny and she usually had any group she was with laughing along with her. Her humor was lighthearted and never sarcastic; she didn’t have a harsh word for anyone. Lorraine said one of her favorite decades was when she was in her 70’s. During that decade she volunteered as a lunch lady at the Head Start Program at the church. She had been a Sunday School teacher when in Roseland and loved spending time with children. Her gentle ways seemed to make little ones comfortable with her.

If you knew Lorraine, you knew a kind, loving, funny, caring person who wanted to know more about you and your life than tell you about hers. If you knew Lorraine, you knew someone who was nice–very, very nice. She will be missed.

Donations can be made to Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center, St. Louis, MO 63141 at

Visitation and service on Saturday, January 29th from 10AM until time of service at 11:30AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 4800 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, Illinois.   Burial:  Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Richton Park, IL.  Arrangements entrusted to Monee Funeral Home 5450 Wilson St. (at Governors Hwy.), Monee, IL 60449.   Info: (708) 534-0016.

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Ronald B Schulten

Funeral Home: - , (Map-it)

Ronald Brendan Schulten, 72, of Crete, IL passed away January 13, 2022 after a brief illness. He leaves behind his wife of 48 years Jane Reynolds Schulten, his sons Keeler Schulten and Trevor (Karissa) Schulten and two beloved granddaughters Audrielle and Genevieve. He is also survived a brother Robert (Bridget) Schulten and three sisters Rene VanGemert, Christine Carter and Leigh Zaimes, as well as nieces and nephews.

Ronald was born in Easton PA and grew up in Darien CT. His first job was running the pony rides at his family-owned Old MacDonald’s Farm with its petting zoo, amusement park, and restaurant. He received a BA in Biology from Allegheny College. It was there he met his futurewife Jane.  He continued his studies at the University of Massachusetts where he earned a Masters and PhD in Botany. For his doctoral thesis he spent 3 summers studying plant life on Devon Island in the Baffin Bay region of Canada above the Arctic Circle.

He put his biochemistry skills to use managing the quality control laboratory for National By Products in Mason City IL. Always looking for a challenge and something different, he also worked for Acme Steel and McCann Group IT. Throughout his life, Ronald wasfirst and foremost an artist, teaching himself a number of metal working techniques to create hammered copper and forged bronze airplanes.

Ronald was happiest puttering in his garden, hiking a trail or enjoying a fine meal.  There wasn’t a topic of conversation he couldn’t add something to or a question he couldn’t answer. Brilliant, dynamic and full of life, he will be dearly missed.

A family celebration of his life will be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Nature Foundation of Will County at

Arrangements entrusted to Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois Info:  (708) 672-7600.


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U.S. Veteran

Ronald F. Alexander

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home - Chicago Heights, IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Saturday 1/22 from 9AM to 10AM
Service Date: 01/22/2022
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Ronald F. Alexander age 78 of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on January 19, 2022.  Loving husband to Judy Bova.   Dear father to Deanna, Sherrie, and the late Ronald.  Cherished grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 6.  Ron worked in the HVAC industry and was owner of Small Appliance Repair Service in Chicago Heights.  He served proudly in the U.S. Army and was a member of Park Forest American Legion Post 1198.

Ron was happiest boating and fishing, most at peace anytime he was near the water.  He loved to host social gatherings both large and small.  He enjoyed traveling across the country, also many vacations to Mexico.  Ron had a big smile and a big laugh; he will be missed by family and friends.

Visitation Saturday, January 22 from 9AM until time of service at 10:00AM at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Interment:  Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, Illinois.  (708) 754-0016.


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Grace M. Marchigiani

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home - Chicago Heights, IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Visitation/Mass on Saturday, January 22, 2022. 10AM until time of mass 11AM at Infant Jesus of Prague.
Service Date: 01/22/2022
Place of Service: Infant Jesus of Prague 1131 Douglas Avenue, Flossmoor, IL (Map-it)
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Grace M. Marchigiani (nee Piacenti) age 88 of Homer Glen, Illinois passed away on January 15, 2022.  Beloved wife to the late George (2005); devoted mother to Joseph (Claudia) Marchigiani, Gia (Daniel) Klug, Mia (George) Dunlap and Louis (Steven LeHew) Marchigiani.  Cherished grandmother to Courtney Klug, Samantha Dunlap, Justin Klug, Matthew Dunlap, Gianna Klug, Nina Marchigiani and Nicholas Marchigiani.  Dearest sister-in-law to Diane Piacenti, Carmella (John) Mascitti and Patricia Mark.  Preceded in death by her parents John and Dora (nee Pastere) Piacenti, brother Patrick Piacenti, her in laws, Mary (Carl) Schau, Louis (Ann) Marchigiani, Geno (Barbara) Mark, Lillian (Edward) Leo and Andrew Mark.  Adored  aunt to many nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.  Grace was a kind, genuine and endearing mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend to many who only saw the best in everyone she met.  She was the matriarch who brought joy and laughter through her endless memories and stories of her family. Grace will be deeply missed. 

Visitation on Saturday, January 22nd  at 10:00AM, Funeral Mass following at 11:00AM at Infant Jesus of Prague, 1131 Douglas Avenue, Flossmoor, Illinois.  Arrangements entrusted to Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.  Interment:  Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, IL.  Info:  (708) 754-0016.  



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Martha F. Aichele

Funeral Home: Monee Funeral Home - Monee, IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Viewing/Mass at St Lawrence O'Toole Church in Matteson
Service Date: 01/18/2022
Place of Service: St Lawrene O'Tool Catholic Church 214th and Governors Highway, Matteson, Illinois (Map-it)
Cemetery: Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery 6001 West 111th street, Alsip, Illinois (Map-it)

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Steger Funeral Home

On July 4, 2005 the new Steger Funeral Home was opened, located at 125 E. Steger Road (34th St.) in Steger, Illinois. Steger residents now have a choice in funeral homes.


This is a beautiful, modern facility with everything on the main level. No stairs here and there’s easy handicap access. As you enter Steger Funeral Home you’ll be greeted by a lovely seating area with a fireplace and a fully restored genuine Steger Grand Piano, built right here in Steger in the 1890’s.


We strive to serve only one family at a time at this location and will do our best to ensure you have the entire facility to yourself. The visitation chapel includes a 42” monitor to display your complimentary DVD. You will not be disappointed with this facility.


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