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James Kollbaum

Dec 28, 1946 - Sep 27, 2023

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New Lenox, IL

James J. Kollbaum, age 76, of New Lenox passed away on September 27, 2023. Jim was the beloved companion and life partner of Laurene Wajchert; loving father of Michael (Sara) Kollbaum; proud grandfather of Sabrina, Daphne, and Samuel Kollbaum; father figure to Missy (Mike) Gale and Michael Wajchert; adored papa of Dominic Congelose, Michael Jr. , Ryder, Brody, and Maggie Wajchert. Jim proudly served in the United States Army from 1968 - 1971. He was a Vietnam Veteran and was awarded the Nationa...Read More

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Jerry E. Lewis

May 04, 1944 - Mar 01, 2024

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New Lenox, IL

Jerry E. LewisPassed away at Silver Cross Hospital, surrounded by his family, Friday, March 1, 2024 at the age of 79 years.Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Jane A. Lewis, their son Christopher Richard Lewis, two cherished grandchildren Hunter and Haley Lewis and his sister Sue Ann Ellet and brother-in-law Jonathon Ellet, sisters-in-law Mary Alice (Joe) Maloni and Leslie (Bob) Zahm, and long-time friends Carolyn Baitinger, Sherry Sayles, and Debra Brubeck.Preceded in death by his parents Eldon and Martha Lewis and his in-laws Lester and Margaret West.Jerry was born on May 4, 1944 in Huntington, Indiana. Jerry met the love of his life Janie in kindergarten in 1949; they were married on June 13, 1965. Upon receiving his degree in Music from Indiana University, Jerry was hired at Bloomington Central Junior High School as band director. During that time he earned his Master’s Degree in Trumpet at Indiana University and interviewed with Joliet Junior College. Jerry and Janie packed their two cats into the car and headed for Joliet, a decision that they never regretted.Jerry retired as Chairman of Fine Arts at Joliet Junior College in 2003. During his tenure, Jerry's impact was immeasurable. He founded both the Joliet Junior College Community Band and the Joliet Junior College Jazz Band, leaving an indelible mark on the Joliet musical legacy. Jerry also worked diligently on a proposal to have the Joliet Junior College Music Department accredited by NASM (National Association of Schools of Music). The hard work paid off and JJC was accredited in November 2002. He was a driving force behind the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Jazz Band, and showcased his passion for music by performing at events throughout the country. In addition to his professional achievements, Jerry was a devoted fan of the Indy 500 Raceway, attending the race for 50 consecutive years. He enjoyed leisurely rounds of golf, his summers in Door County, and winters in Destin, Florida. All brought him great joy and relaxation.Lying in State, at United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 W. Haven Ave. New Lenox, Thursday, March 7th from 10:00 A.M. until services at 11:00 A.M. Interment in Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to the Jerry E. Lewis Scholarship Fund at JJC or the United Methodist Church of New Lenox Music Department will be appreciated. Visitation will be held at the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home & Crematory, 2320 Black Rd., Wednesday, March 6th from 2:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M

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Kyle Kristopher Korosa

Sep 03, 1976 - Feb 24, 2024

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New Lenox, IL

Kyle Kristopher KorosaAge 47 of New Lenox passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, IL. Kyle was born in Chicago, IL to Bruce and Kathy (nee Kwinn) Korosa. Beloved husband of Sherry (nee O’Brien) Korosa; loving father of Kristopher Korosa, Victoria Myers, and Allen Myers; dear brother of Brian (Nicole – who Kyle referred to as "Buella") Korosa; cherished uncle of Nick Korosa, Cal Korosa, and McKenzie O’Brien; cherished brother-in-law, cousin, and friend of many. Kyle was Operations Manager at United Rental. He was the drummer for the Bruce Korosa Orchestra. Kyle was one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. A selfless man who always lived for others. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. The family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel 102 E. Francis Rd, New Lenox, IL on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, from 3pm – 8pm. Funeral Services Thursday, February 29, 2024, with prayers at the funeral home at 10:15am then to St. Jude Catholic Church, New Lenox, IL for Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am. SERVICES WILL CONCLUDE AT THE CHURCH. PRIVATE family burial will take place at Good Shepherd Cemetery, Orland Park, IL.

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Kenneth John Yearley

Nov 13, 1954 - Feb 24, 2024

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New Lenox, IL

Kenneth John Yearley, affectionately known to his family and many friends as Kenny, passed away peacefully in his hometown of New Lenox, IL on February 24, 2024.He was born on November 13, 1954, in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago, IL to the late John and Mildred (nee Budd) Yearley.Loving husband of Pam (nee Fornaciari) Yearley; loved nephew, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, and friend of many.Ken was raised in Riverdale, IL and graduated in 1972 from Thornton High School. He has been married to the love of his life Pammy for nearly 42 years. Ken worked in the auto industry for most of his life and retired from his AAMCO Transmission business in South Holland. He was a member of the Riverdale, IL and New Lenox, IL Lions Clubs and the Sons of the American Legion in New Lenox, IL.Being extremely outgoing, Ken had many friends. He loved to play golf, was an excellent cook and enjoyed watching the Cubs, Bears, Notre Dame, and Indy racing. Ken also enjoyed music, DJing, and bartending. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.In lieu of flowers donations to the family for for a Memorial Bench and Memorial Tree in Kenny's name, at The Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox, IL, would be appreciated.The family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel 102 E. Francis Rd. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 2:00pm until time of Funeral Service at 6:00pm. Interment will be private.

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William G. Stilke

Feb 24, 1934 - Feb 27, 2024

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New Lenox, IL

William G. Stilke, age 90, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. William is survived by his beloved children, Gloria Bush, Judy Sands, Edward (Vickie) McCaffrey, and Gail (Bill) Doepp; grandchildren, George, Daniel, Patrick, Shannon, Morgan, Bailey, Sawyer, Andrew, and Caitlin; great-grandchildren Ava, Isaiah, Zurelda, Tanis, Elrik, Jessica, Jada, Drake, Dakota, Nathan, Collin, Julia, Jacob, and Maximus. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marjorie Stilke; his sister, Diane Favero; and his parents Ewald and Hazel Stilke. William was a US Navy Veteran who proudly served his country for 35 years. He will be missed by all who knew him. Services for William will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 102 E. Francis Road in New Lenox, with a visitation from 10am until the time of service at 12:30pm. William will be laid to rest at Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery in Orland Park.

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Betty Jeanne Orseno

Oct 02, 1932 - Feb 27, 2024

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New Lenox, IL

Betty Jeanne Orseno, age 91, of New Lenox. Formerly of Orland Park. Beloved wife of the late Richard. Loving mother of Pam (Phil) Perino, Sandy Orseno, Donald (Charm) Orseno, Debbie (Mike) Stiehler, Shelley (Glenn) Wagner, Vicky Orseno, Richard (Sherry) Orseno, Tammy Orseno, Mona Young and the late Ricky Orseno. Grandmother of Michael (Jill) Stiehler, Rich (Donna) Stiehler, Joe (Kim) Stiehler, Philip (Amy) Perino, Lauren Perino, Scott (Kelly LaFlech) Cooper, Brian (Jamie) Cooper, Donald Jr. (Samantha) Orseno, Christina (Christopher) Hack, Dennis (Jill) Stiehler, Steven (Sarah) Stiehler, Lisa (Mike) Ciametti, Kevin Wagner, Nicole Orseno, Christopher Pasowisty, Kelly Pasowisty, Heather (Brian) McGrath, Jacob Orseno and Jason (Katelyn) Young. Treasured great-grandmother of Mike Stiehler, Dakota (Katherine) Stiehler, Tiffini Templeton, Bella Savarino, Vinnie Savarino, Charlie Wagner, Danny Wagner, Tiarra Templeton, Devin Stiehler, Dylan Stiehler, Sebastian Stiehler, Ashley Stiehler, Alyssa Stiehler, Emma Perino, Logan Perino, Aeden Roger, Drake Roger, Brooklyn Cooper, Preston Cooper, Landen Cooper, Donald III Orseno, Giuliana Orseno, Kiah Hack, Kellan Hack, Kason Hack, Nicolas Stiehler, Gianna Stiehler, Mario Stiehler, Blaize Stiehler, Hunter Tesar, Ben Tesar, Hannah Stiehler, Riley Stiehler, Hope Stiehler, Faith Stiehler, Savannah Stiehler, Gunner Stiehler, Maverick Stiehler, A.J. Patterson, Austin Patterson, Lexi Bermudez, Zac Gattello, Olivia Wagner, Ella Wagner, Mason McGrath, Grady McGrath and Dylan Young. Dear sister of Carol Davis, the late Helen “Gabby” Slavens, Ruth “Tootie” Wortham and MaryAnn Wright. Fond cousin of Judy Lund.Visitation Sunday 12:30pm until time of Chapel Service 4:00pm at RICHARD J MODELL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES 12641 W. 143rd Street, Homer Glen.Interment Private.In lieu of flowers donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/) in memory of Betty are greatly appreciated.For further information 708-301-3595 or rjmodellfh.com.

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Valerie Kay Mac Connell

Died : Feb 06, 2024

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New Lenox, IL

"Valerie Kay Mac Connell, age 63, of New Lenox, Illinois unexpectedly passed away February 6th, 2024. Beloved mother of Samantha, Janelle, and Taylor Bartman; loving sister of Vicki Mac Connell, Pamela (Deniz) Sidkey, and the late Patricia Mac Connell; and cherished aunt of Erica Swansey and Deniz Sidkey. Val was an avid reader and a competitive thrill seeker, whether it was a sporting event or a family holiday session of board games/cards. She enjoyed attending an array of musical and theatrical shows such as Broadway, ballet, and opera. A common stress reliever for her was tending to her garden which included perennials, vegetables, and herbs. But above all, Val fiercely loved her 3 girls. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to your charity of choice. Visitation Tuesday February 13th, 2024, from 2 PM until time of Funeral Service 7 PM at Vandenberg Funeral Home, 19604 Wolf Rd, Mokena, IL 60448."

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Alex McCray

Dec 16, 1930 - Jan 28, 2024

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New Lenox, IL

Alex McCray was born December 16, 1930 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Ella Travis and Eli McCray. He passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Illinois. Alex, also known as “Buddy,” was a proud resident of Joliet, Illinois. He was baptized at an early age. Alex was a member of Holy Cross Missionary Baptist Church in Joliet, Illinois. Alex served in the Korean War and received a Bronze Service Star, along with receiving a United Nation Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Combat Infantry Badge. Alex was a former employee of Mancuso Cheese Company in Joliet, Illinois. He was a long- time dedicated employee until his retirement. Even though he retired, he continued to be of service when needed. Alex was among nine siblings. He loved family, he had seven children and three bonus children after joining in marriage to Louis McCray. Alex is preceded in death by four siblings, James McCray, Emma Travis, Lizzie Lott, Lee Edward McCray; four children, Shirley McCray, Eloise McCray, Melvin McCray and Lisa McCray. Alex leaves to cherish his memory: loving wife, Louise McCray; three children, Alex McCray Jr., Marlene McCray, and Pernell McCray; three bonus children, Milton (Stacey) Jones, David (Shavall) Jones and Maurice Jones and his special friend, Trish; four siblings, Jennie Myers, Sam (Francis) McCray, Barbara (Burnell) Turner and Dwight McCray; godson, Pastor Cornell (Melody) Ervins; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. To to the family or in memory of Alex McCray, please

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Valerie Kay Mac Connell

Aug 01, 1960 - Feb 06, 2024

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New Lenox, IL

Valerie Kay Mac Connell, age 63, of New Lenox, Illinois unexpectedly passed away February 6th, 2024. Beloved mother of Samantha, Janelle, and Taylor Bartman; loving sister of Vicki Mac Connell, Pamela (Deniz) Sidkey, and the late Patricia Mac Connell; and cherished aunt of Erica Swansey and Deniz Sidkey. Val was an avid reader and a competitive thrill seeker, whether it was a sporting event or a family holiday session of board games/cards. She enjoyed attending an array of musical and theatrical shows such as Broadway, ballet, and opera. A common stress reliever for her was tending to her garden which included perennials, vegetables, and herbs. But above all, Val fiercely loved her 3 girls. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to your charity of choice. Visitation Tuesday February 13th, 2024, from 2 PM until time of Funeral Service 7 PM at Vandenberg Funeral Home, 19604 Wolf Rd, Mokena, IL 60448.

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Brian Daniel Chellios

Jan 10, 1979 - Feb 02, 2024

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New Lenox, IL

Brian Daniel Chellios, age 45, of New Lenox, formerly of Manhattan, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 2, 2024, at Silver Cross Hospital with his loving family at his side. Survived by his parents Danny and Lynn (nee Fitzgerald) Chellios, his siblings Eric Chellios and Stacie (Ryan) Streicher, his maternal grandparents Jack and Judy Fitzgerald, his nieces and nephew Addison, Emma, McKenna, and Logan, his aunts and uncles Shelia Perkins, Roseann (Tracy) Johnson, Karen (Steve) Chellios, Kelly Patterson, Jackie (Pat) Reilly, John (Jennifer) Fitzgerald and numerous cousins. Preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Constantino “Connie” and Rosemary Chellios. Brian was a graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School, Prairie State Community College with his associate degree, University of Arizona with his bachelor’s degree in public administration and numerous fire science classes from several schools. Brian was currently working on his master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Brian began his fireman/paramedic career as a volunteer firefighter with Manhattan Fire Department. He worked his way up to Chief of University Park Fire Department and held all ranks in between. He was an active member of Local 3661 where he served on the Union Board and the AFFI Honor Guard for multiple years. His brothers at UPFD are quoted in saying, “Brian was the embodiment of Pride, Duty, and Tradition.” Brian also enjoyed watching sports, especially the Chicago Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks and Notre Dame. He was quick witted and was famous for his one-liners and quoting movie lines. Brian was a devoted son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, donations in Brian’s name may be made to University Park local 3661, 698 Burnham Dr, University Park, IL 60484, or the Manhattan Fire Department, PO Box 65, Manhattan, IL 60442 and would be most appreciated. Visitation for Brian will take place on Thursday, February 8, 2024, from 3-8:00 P.M. at Forsythe Gould Funeral Home. An additional hour of visitation will take place the following day, Friday, February 9, 2024, from 10:00 A.M. until the time of his funeral at 11:00 A.M. also at the funeral home. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Manhattan. Arrangements entrusted to Forsythe Gould Funeral Home, 507 S. State St., Manhattan, IL 60442, 815-478-3321. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.forsythegouldfh.com.

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Nicholas C. Bayci

Apr 22, 1982 - Jan 28, 2024

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New Lenox, IL

Nicholas C. “Nicky” Bayci, age 41, a 20 year resident of Shady Oaks West in Homer Glen, IL, formerly of New Lenox, IL and Misericordia Home in Chicago, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox, IL. He was born on April 22, 1982 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL.A complete obituary is pending.Arrangements by Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Plainfield, IL.For more information, please call (815) 436-9221 or visit www.overman-jones.com

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