"Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord, and May the Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them."
Please keep these families in your prayers. They are part of the long history of believers who have blessed our parish over the years.
Alba Loverde Wright — January 2018
Alba Loverde Wright, (nee Nesti) 91, born May 20, 1926, in Segromigno Monte (Marlia, Lucca), Italy. Beloved spouse of the late Billy R. Wright and the late Honorable Charles M. Loverde; Dearest Mother of James M. Loverde, Carol (Dominic) DiFrisco, Joy Loverde (David V. Schultz), Peter (Orasa) Loverde, and Linda (Louis) Belpedio; Loving Grandmother of Bonnie (Joseph) Blackburn, Angelina and Maria Loverde, Louis and Nicolas Belpedio; Loving Great-grandmother of Lanea, Henry, Siena, and Ivy Blackburn. Loving Sister-in-Law of Bernice (the late Frank) Nesti. Loving Aunt to the Nesti and Stanton families. Dearest Cousin to la famiglia Pagni in Lucca. Long-time resident of Melrose Park, IL, on Andy Drive and most recently Chicago’s Old Town. She loved her family, neighbors, and friends very much. A Memorial Visitation will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1107 N. Orleans Street, Chicago, on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 11:00 am until the time of the Memorial Mass at 11:30 am. Interment private. Alba's Guest Book can be signed on her Sun Times Legacy page.
Norma Gerbich — January 2018
Norma Gerbich, 85, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2018. She was long-time parishioner of Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish who frequently attend Sunday and weekday Mass. She is survived by her five children and grandchildren. Much of her life was devoted to her vocation of teaching English and Art. She will be greatly missed. Her Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Saturday, January 27th in St. Joseph Church.
Gaynor Kelley — January 2018
Gaynor Kelley, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at his home in Chicago, IL. Gaynor was born in New Canaan, Connecticut where he spent his childhood with his parents, four older brothers and one younger sister. Gaynor loved Connecticut and would remain there for over six decades to raise all five of his children in New Canaan and nearby Ridgefield.
Gaynor did not just live the American dream he created it with his unprecedented work ethic and drive. Gaynor began his career at the age of 19 with the Perkin Elmer Corporation in Norwalk, Connecticut eventually retiring 45 years later after serving as the Company’s CEO. He holds patents, awards and distinctions that only a select few have ever achieved in their professional careers and had a hand in developing Nobel Prize winning products that translated the tiniest molecules in the human body (PCR), managed the Cold War (KH-9 Hexagon) and explored the largest chasms of space (Hubble Space Telescope).
Gaynor’s proudest accomplishment was his family. There is no question that he was the best husband, father, uncle, brother and in-law that you could find. During the height of his very busy career, Gaynor never missed the opportunity to take his boys camping, attend a little league game, stand rink side for squirt hockey, and hold the reigns of his daughter’s mount at a horse show. Gaynor’s last and favorite job was being grandpa. He was the best storybook reader, ice cream scooper and cheerleader that you could find. He was a true patriarch and will be so very missed.
Gaynor is preceded in death by his parents, James and Mable Kelley and his brothers and sister, David, Roger, Jerry and Virginia Kelley. Gaynor loved his wife Diane (Curio) Kelley like no other, moving her back to Chicago, IL upon his retirement in 1996 – a promise he made to her more than 30 years earlier. Gaynor was so very proud of his five children, Guy (Linda) Kelley, Russ (Jill) Kelley, Ted (Peg) Kelley, Ron (Shauna) Kelley, and Victoria (Andrew) Hodson. He is also survived by his grandchildren Ryan Kelley, Mike Kelley, Erin Kelley, Anna Kelley, Christopher Kelley, June Hodson, Josephine Hodson, Charlie Hodson and Penny Hodson as well as his great grandson James Kelley and many, many adoring in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 10:00am-11:30am at St. Joseph Church, 1107 North Orleans Street, Chicago, IL 60610. A funeral Mass to honor Gaynor will directly follow the visitation beginning at 11:30am. There will be a celebration of Gaynor’s life in New Canaan, Connecticut on his birthday, May 12, 2018. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Gaynor to Misericordia and Mission of Our Lady of the Angels.
Douglas Dorn — December 2017
Joan Lamb Moore — December 2017
George Lawrence Plamondon, Jr. — May 2017
George Lawrence Plamondon, Jr., 80, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2017 in Mt. Dora, Florida. Born October 21, 1936, Mr. Plamondon was a lifelong resident of Chicago and Lake Forest, Illinois, attending Lake Forest Academy, then Georgetown University and Lake Forest College. After serving as Vice President of Operations for N. Marshall Seeburg & Sons, he spent much of his career as a commodities trader on the Chicago Board of Trade.
He served in the National Guard, was an active community member, serving as the President of the Winter Club of Lake Forest and on the Board of Trustees of Lake Forest Academy, and was a long-standing member of the Racquet Club of Chicago. He was an avid golfer, motorcyclist and boatsman — he loved being on the water in his 1937 ChrisCraft, the appropriately named “What Fun.” For many years, George was an active participant in The Antique & Classic Boating Society as a director and as president of its Illinois Blackhawk Chapter, which in 2011 hosted the Society’s largest ever international boat show in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. George was instrumental in the success of the Society’s annual boat shows, as well as its programs for teaching youthful boating enthusiasts the skills of wooden boat building and repair.
He is survived by children Elizabeth Plamondon Cutler and George L. Plamondon III, both of New York, New York; grandchildren Nina and Lucy Cutler, and Tate, Luke and George L. Plamondon IV; his sister, Diane Plamondon and his nephews, George and Christopher Cushing, of Houston, Texas.
Saturday, May 20th at 6:00pm
Immaculate Conception Church, 1431 N. North Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60610
Daniel A. Aljinovic — April 2017
Daniel A. Aljinovic, loving husband for 38 years of Alice (nee Stopka). Devoted father to his beloved children Katherine Aljinovic (Benjamin Rin) and Anthony (fiancée Claire Zagar) Aljinovic. Beloved brother of Michele Aljinovic. Cherished son of the late Anthony and Mary Perisin Aljinovic. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Attorney for 38 years and friend and revered counselor to many. Visitation Sunday, April 23rd, from 3 to 8pm at the John E. Maloney Funeral Home 1359 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago and Monday, April 24th from 9:30am until time of Mass, 10am at St. Joseph Catholic Church 1107 N. Orleans Street, Chicago. Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or American Heart Association would be appreciated.
Jeanne Marie Hartnett — April 2017
Jeanne Marie Hartnett, age 88. Beloved daughter of the late John B. and Claire nee Kavanaugh Hartnett. Dear sister of Sr. Kathryn Hartnett OP and the late Michael (Felicia Czerwionka) Hartnett.Fond cousin and good friend to many. Memorial Visitation, Tuesday, April 25th from 10am until time of Mass, 11am at St. Joseph Catholic Church 1107 N. Orleans Street, Chicago. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Joseph “Joe” Edward Weber — February 2017
Joseph "Joe" Webber was born on January 20, 1929 in Jacksonville, Florida to Adelaid C. Weber and went on to his eternal rest on February 27, 2017 at his home in Chicago at the age of 88.
Joe and his older sister, Mary, were raised by their hardworking single mother, in a very hard era. Try as she might to pull ahead working as a nurse, during the depression Adelaid felt it best to place Joe and Mary into the Angel Guardian Orphanage for several years when Joe was young. When the economy picked up and Adelaid was back on her feet, she returned for Joe and Mary, and the small family moved to the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago where they lived for many years.
As a teen, Joe went to Campion High School, a Jesuit boarding school in Prairie du Chien Wisconsin, graduating in 1947 (alongside actor David Doyle, best known as “Bosley” on Charlie’s Angels!)
In November of 1950 Joe joined the United States Army and was trained at Fort Custer, Michigan. He served as a “Clerk Typist” over seas for a short time during the Korean Conflict. Joe was neither a smoker nor a drinker, so enjoyed explaining how he would sell the cigarettes, which had been rationed to him, to the other fellows since he didn’t want them. Joe earned an Army Occupational Medal, a Combat Infantry Badge and a Foreign Service Medal for his work in the Army. Joe stood at 6’ 3” and weighed in at 150 lbs. when he left the Army with an honorable discharge in September of 1952. He came back to Chicago and worked a number of unique jobs.
Because of his Army typing experience, he was able to get a job at the Tribune in the sport section making the odds on the horse races and writing other sports stories. He drove a cab for years but we’re pretty sure he never owned a car!
As a cabbie he picked up many an interesting character but his favorite fare of all time was Doris Day. Despite a surly male companion telling Joe which way to go, Ms. Day was all charm and courtesy. Joe remembered that story like it was yesterday and would sing the praises of the lovely and down to earth movie star.
Joe took at job at “the Bank” – American National - downtown and worked as a teller for many years, serving business clients and regular Joe’s. His most interesting customer was a refuted mobster who loved to share just an inkling about his shenanigans with Joe. With a wink and a nod, Joe never quite knew what this good-fella was up to, but he knew it was probably no good.
Joe later worked in the mailroom at Crown/CC Industries, making pick-ups and deliveries around the loop. Later yet, he worked for his good friends Karen Reardon and Dan Sherman in their Law Offices, also in the loop.
Early on in life, Joe developed a love of Jazz music. Upon his return to Chicago after his stint in the army, Joe would regularly visit the old classic Jazz clubs. He made friends with many greats including Von Freeman, George Freeman, Fred Anderson, John Young, Billy Brimfield, Eddie Johnson, Harrison Bankhead, Hamid Drake, Charles Walton, Larry Gray, Bettye "Boop" Reynolds, Eric Schneider, Joanie Pallatto and Bradley Parker – Sparrow, and many more. He eventually started hiring the musicians, producing concerts and fundraisers for St. Joseph Church and School.
In the late 80s/early 90s, Joe found friends at St. Joseph Church in the Cabrini Green neighborhood. As a group of young tutors, together with old, faithful parishioners led by Father Sebastian Lewis and Sister Stephanie Schmidts rallied to save the church’s school, Joe sat on committee after committee to organize raise funds and ensure the school stayed open another year. Joe brought many others into the beautiful sanctuary through the musical concerts of his Jazz buddies, paying the musicians to come and play, and then donating all the proceeds, helping the church and school live on through some very tough times.
Joe made many friends during those days at St. Joseph, many of whom he kept in touch with for years. Friends mourned the loss of Joe calling him an inspiration and a model of Christian generosity of spirit.
Joe lived in the same apartment in Lincoln Park for 40 years and prided himself on never opening the oven except to store his record albums and then cds! He ate often at Columbus Hospital cafeteria and then later at the St. Joseph’s Hospital cafeteria when Columbus Hospital closed. He could find good, healthy food in additional to fellowship among several neighbors who often joined him or met up with him there spontaneously. Even after he moved north to the Wilson Yard Apartments in Uptown Joe would take the bus back to St. Joseph Hospital to catch lunch and Mass at the lovely Chapel upstairs.
Joe loved hanging out with the younger set and was the center of attention at family gatherings of his good friends. Even the little kids loved to hear his stories, and his wisdom and faith went a long way, especially during the last few politically charged years.
Joe got around the city up until the end, insisting on walking or bussing even as friends would force him into their cars for rides home. Sensible shoes and a warm parka prepared Joe for the treacherous Chicago winters, and he was proud of his fortitude.
Joe never married…he was the consummate bachelor. A lone wolf, but a friend to all.
Joe will be remembered by his many Chicago friends, as well as his niece, Julie Keith, in California, and her 3 children. He is preceded in death by his mother, Adelaid Weber and his sister, Mary Brewer and a nephew.
Betsy Wheeler — January 2017
Mary Beth "Betsy" Wheeler passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones January 29th. Services were held on Tuesday, January 31st at St. Joseph Church. Betsy was a resident of Sandberg Village for over 30 years and regularly attended Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. Betsy grew up in Shawnee, Kansas and after years of Catholic education and graduating from Benedictine College, she served as a legal court record reporter in Chicago. She was inspired to go back to school and she studied to be a lawyer. Betsy had a love for English literature, poetry and music. Donations can be made in Betsy’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Daisy Smith — January 2017
Daisy Smith passed away January 28th; her services were held Saturday, February 4th, at St. Joseph Church. Daisy was born in Louisiana, but spent most of her life in Chicago where she and her husband Willie raised 7 children; they were also blessed with 23 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren. Daisy’s spiritual relationship with St. Joseph Church dates back for more than 70 years, and many of her children and grandchildren attended the old St. Joseph School. She worked at Margaret Manor and was generous and kind to many of the families that lived in the Cabrini Green homes. Daisy will always be remembered for being strong willed woman who mastered the art of survival.