Two Great ISBA Member Benefits Sponsored by
A Value of $1,344, Included with Membership

Obituaries

Illinois Lawyer Now lists obituaries for ISBA members. Please send information, including local newspaper links, to sanderson@isba.org

Carl DeBroux
Carl DeBroux
Carl H. DeBroux, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at his home. He was born June 27, 1935 in Kaukauna, WI. Carl DeBroux was a good man, beloved by many. He was a kind, loving and humble man who made the most out of his life.

Carl worked as an air traffic controller with the Air Force in Fukuoaka, Japan, where he was also instrumental in creating an orphanage for the deaf children of Fukuoka. Carl was an honored guest at the governor's thank you dinner. Carl and his wife Jan eventually settled in North Aurora.

Although Carl worked at the Aurora Air Traffic Control Center, his true purpose in life was to team with others to improve situations he believed could be better. Carl was influential in forming PATCO which improved the working conditions of the air traffic controllers. Carl was also a long standing member of the Lions Club. He also spent time working on the North Aurora Library and Fire Boards.

Later, Carl earned his J.D. and had a very successful career as a lawyer, including, successfully litigating a case in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1985. He did this on behalf of several air traffic controllers.

Charles Kierscht
Charles Kierscht
Charles (Chuck) Mason Kierscht, 78, passed away peacefully at his home in Hinsdale, IL, surrounded by his loved ones on June 29, 2017. Born April 4, 1939 in Des Moines, Iowa, he was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Florence Kierscht. Chuck was the beloved husband of Marion, devoted and loving father to Charlie (Jennifer), Matthew (Brenda), Susan (Denny) Georgopulos, and Cynthia. Adored by his grandchildren, Michael, Alex, Ryan, Kennedy and Leah, he was proud and happy to be with them. Chuck received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1960 and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1962.  After proudly serving in the Navy, Chuck joined Kemper Financial Services as an attorney in 1966 and retired from the company in 1995 as chairman, president and CEO. Putting all others before himself, he generously gave his time volunteering for many organizations, including 26 years on the University of Iowa Foundation and 24 years on the Law School Foundation. He recently served as chairman of the Grant Park Music Festival, and chairman of Friends of the Forest Preserves in Cook County. His service also included support for the Field Museum, Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Urban League, the Crusade of Mercy/United Way, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, among others. His smile and gentle manner will be missed by all who knew him. 

James Curtin
James Curtin
James K. Curtin passed away peacefully July 14, 2017. Best friend and wonderful husband of Donna (nee Havle) for 57 years. Jim was born in Chicago November 4, 1935 to Thomas and Helen Curtin. Father of James W. (Rita) Curtin and Donna Lynn Curtin, grandfather of Bridget and Margaret Curtin, brother of Dolores (late Charles) Singleton, Audrey Curtin, Charles (Joan), late Thomas (late Phyllis), late John (Lucilla) and late William (Myrna Curtin Fry), uncle to several nieces and nephews. Teacher at Hyde Park HS, Kennedy King College, Becker CPA Review, and attorney and tax professional. 

Robert Stewart
Robert Stewart
Robert Cowl Stewart passed away at 75 on July 20, 2017 at Rush Medical Center in Chicago after a three year struggle with cancer. He is lovingly survived by his two children, Dan and David Stewart, and four grandchildren: Hugh, Cole, McAllister ,and Louge Stewart. Robert was born in Leon, Iowa, on December 31, 1941, to John Cowl and Gene Louge Stewart. He graduated from Leon High School and then went on to the University of Iowa where he earned a J.D. in 1965. He was married in Iowa City to Marilyn Leuz in 1964 and they were happily married for 29 years until her passing in 1993. Bob loved to live life and try new things. As a child, he was always busy riding horses, being an Eagle Scout and playing his trombone. Later in life, he loved skiing, scuba diving, wine tasting, tracking family genealogy, and taking trips to new places with his loving partner of 20 years, Mary Prow. Robert had several successful careers: he was county attorney of Decatur County Iowa for ten years, a local futures trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, and then founder and president of a real estate management company for the remainder of his life. 

Thomas A. Hickey
Thomas A. Hickey
Thomas A. Hickey, Jr. ("Tom") 78, died May 1, 2017 in Greenville, SC. Tom leaves behind Patricia, his wife of 56 years, his two daughters Sara (TenBroek) and Mary (McCauley), and grandchildren Jake, Tommy and Katie McCauley, and Grace and Elizabeth TenBroek. He also leaves behind his siblings John and David Hickey, Phyllis Howe and Marilyn Lolas, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

Born in Chicago on November 25, 1938, Tom was the eldest son of Ruth and Thomas Alanson Hickey. Growing up in Elgin, Tom attended Elgin High School where he was Class President and a graduate of Class of 1956. He entered Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and was chosen Sachem Orator for the graduating Class of 1960. Tom graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1967. He was licensed to practice law in Illinois and before the U.S. federal bench. Tom worked at American National Bank, G. H. Walker & Co. and G.H. Walker, Laird & Co., before joining the Union National Bank and Trust Company, in Joliet, Illinois, which was acquired by First Midwest Bancorp (FMBI). Tom rose to CEO of First Midwest Bank, Illinois where he was CEO, and a SVP and Director of First Midwest Bancorp. He was also Chairman and CEO of First Midwest Trust Company, Chairman of First Midwest Insurance Company and Chairman of First Midwest Asset Management Company. In 1993, Tom retired from FMBI and founded Prairie Asset Management Inc., an investment advisory business in Illinois. He was also an owner in several rural Illinois banks.

Joseph Heaton
Joseph Heaton
Joseph Edward “Jock” Heaton Jr., 67, of Dixon, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at home surrounded by his beloved family, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Jock was born Dec. 19, 1949, the son of Joseph and Mary Elizabeth “Bette” (Elmer) Heaton. He grew up in Dixon, and attended South Central Elementary School and Madison Elementary School. He graduated in 1968 from Dixon High School, where he was active in student government, sports, and music. He attended Indiana University, where he was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in business economics. He graduated in 1975 from The John Marshall Law School, with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.


Edmund H. Sadowski, 91, died on June 26, 2017 peacefully at his home with his beloved son Joe at his side. Ed was born on September 13, 1925 in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood to Pearl and Edmund J. Sadowski. He attended Bowen High School in 1943 and immediately upon graduation served as an aviation cadet in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

Ed obtained his law degree from DePaul University, where he met and later married Marie (née Scribano). He was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court bar in 1958, though never practiced before the court. He worked as an attorney for the Illinois Department of Housing and Urban Development, as president of Century Savings and Loan in Chicago, and as a real estate attorney. He reluctantly gave up his law practice when he was in his late 80s. Ed always had his toolbox at hand and was known for his ability to fix anything...whether you wanted it fixed or not! He completely rehabbed their home in the Beverly neighborhood and until his final days kept their Darien home, his children's homes, and the family cottage in good working order.

Michael S. Holewinski, of Chicago, passed away June 19, 2017. Mike was born April 30, 1947 to Stanley and Genevieve Holewinski, who preceded him in death. Mike enjoyed an accomplished life, which included toy buyer for Montgomery Ward, pilot, Illinois legislator, attorney, administrative assistant to Mayor Harold Washington, vice chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, chairman of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association and, most significant to him, a manufacturer. He took over the family business, Ace Plating Company, and continued to build his manufacturing empire with Acme Spinning Company, F&S Stamping, Cano Tool, Art Specialty and Barnes Plating. When he wasn't working, Mike preferred to relax on the beaches of South Maui and Chetek, WI. He always looked forward to spending time with his family, the "Cousins" and his many friends and neighbors. Mike was a political junkie who relished a good debate. He is thrilled to finally be with his beloved daughter, Annie, after 17 years.

Stephen H. Katz
Stephen H. Katz
Stephen H. Katz, 75, passed in the early afternoon of June 20, 2017. He was a mentor to aspiring lawyers and always willing to give of his time to help colleagues. He began his career in the Judge Advocate General's Corp during the Vietnam War and was a founding partner of Katz, Goldstein, & Warren.

Among his professional distinctions, he was elected as one of the top 20 divorce lawyers in the Chicagoland area by Northshore Magazine, a member in the Leading Lawyer Network, and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He retired after a nearly 50-year career, known as a formidable matrimonial lawyer.

He had a quick wit and sense of humor, adored classical music and opera, was an avid cook, reader, handball player and golfer, and had a never-ending thirst for knowledge. While Stephen spent a career as a well-respected attorney, his love and passion was always his family. He was a dedicated and loving husband, son, father, brother, and grandfather.

James Karraker
James Karraker
James “Larry” Karraker, 69, died at 5:03 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at home. Larry was born on August 21, 1947, in Carbondale, the son of James C. and Moneada E. Karraker.

He was a 1965 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro High School and a 1969 graduate of Southern Illinois University majoring in political science. He obtained his law degree in 1972 from the University of Kentucky School of Law and began his legal career. He was a public defender in Alexander County, assistant state’s attorney in Union County and regional counsel for DCFS for southern 17 counties.

Larry was an avid reader and To Kill a Mockingbird was the inspiration for his dream to becoming an attorney. He was a skilled criminal defense attorney who loved the law and had a great sense of humor. He was a member of Cobden Masonic Lodge #466, a friend of Bill W and sponsored many who reached out to him. He shared his mother’s love of Cardinal Baseball, but his true passion was Kentucky Basketball. He was the first person awarded the Gazette Democrat Alumni of the Year Award in 1992 as an example of a successful person that high school graduates could emulate.

Larry touched many lives in many different ways. He will be missed by his family, friends, and clients.

He married Cindy (Sorrells) Swope in 1967 and shared three children. In 1996, he married Lorraine (Basler) Karraker and she survives. They blended their families and were blessed with six children and three grandchildren.