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Former ISBA Counsel Joseph P. Marto passed away on Feb. 28, 2014. He was born on March 18, 1938 in Great Falls, MT. After living in Shelby Montana, he was raised in Oregon and Washington finally settling in Sprague in Lincoln County.

He entered the seminary in 1954, and was ordained a priest for the diocese of Spokane in 1963, receiving his M.Div. Degree. He worked in several parishes until he became Diocesan Director of Religious Education. In 1971, he left the active ministry and married Rosemary Gaffney.

They moved to Chicago, where he attended The John Marshall Law School, receiving his J.D. degree in 1974 in the top 10 of his class. His legal career began in Springfield, IL as house counsel for the Illinois State Bar Association.

From there, he moved to various firms in Chicago, primarily as a trial attorney for insurance defense firms. He obtained a Real Estate Broker 's license in 1976, and owned several apartment buildings. He retired to McHenry IL in 1989, and began an active life of volunteering. He first organized a computer class for Seniors at McHenry Township and then became involved in the AARP Tax Aide Program preparing free taxes for Senior Citizens. He also ran a free legal aide program at Senior Services for several years.

After 15 years in the AARP Tax Aide program, he became ill in January and died on February 28, 2014. A memorial service will be held at the Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry on Thursday, March 6, 2014 with a gathering at the Church Chapel at 10:00 and Mass at 10:30. Joe is survived by Rosemary, his wife of 42 years, several cousins, and many nieces and nephews.

Marshall Susler
Marshall Susler
Marshall Susler, long time lawyer and civic leader, an upstanding man known for living his principles, died on April 30. He and Wylmarose Miller Susler, his wife of 23 years until her premature death from breast cancer in 1981, were parents to Jan Susler, Julie Susler Blum, Jody Susler Schneeberg, and David Susler. In 1983, he married Eileen Ruski, becoming father to her children Maureen Ruski, Kelly Gonzalez, and Rob Ruski. After 30 years of marriage, Eileen says she loved him even more than she did the day they married. They have seven grandchildren: Aaron and Daniel Blum, Jason Gonzalez, Devon and Malone Ruski Moretti, and Simone and Stella Rose Schneeberg.

Marshall was born in 1930 to Sewell and Marion (nee Appelbaum) Susler, working class people who struggled to ensure that he and his sisters Sharna Blumenfeld and Beverly Susler Parkhurst valued education. Marshall was accepted to Millikin University on academic scholarship, graduated Summa Cum Laude, and attended the University of Chicago School of Law. After serving in the Army in military intelligence, he returned to Decatur to practice law, representing civil and corporate clients and many in the Decatur community whose cases other attorneys would not take.

James Tidwell
James Tidwell
James A. Tidwell, chairman of the Journalism Department at Eastern Illinois University, died Saturday, April 12, following a 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 65.

A nationally recognized authority on the First Amendment and the student press, Dr. Tidwell taught communication law to hundreds of students in his 41-year career in higher education, including 27 years at Eastern. He was the author of Media Law in Illinois: A Reporter’s Handbook, among other works on the First Amendment and the press.

Gregarious and outgoing, Dr. Tidwell possessed a keen sense of humor. He was well known and liked at Eastern, where he was a past chairman of the Faculty Senate and the Council on Academic Affairs, and had been a board member of the faculty union, the University Professionals of Illinois Local 4100, and had served on the administration’s collective bargaining negotiating team.

Born July 6, 1948 in Oklahoma City to Ray and Maxine Davis Tidwell, he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. He earned his master’s in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Juris Doctor cum laude from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.

He joined the faculty at Eastern in 1987 where he taught every class offered by the journalism department during his tenure and served as legal adviser to student publications.

He served as director of the Eastern Illinois High School Press Association (1988-2005) and as executive secretary of the Illinois Journalism Education Association (1989-2005.)

Joseph P. Koucky
Joseph P. Koucky
Joseph Paul Koucky, 76, of Indian Head Park, has passed away. Joe was a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School.  He was a member of the Worker’s Comp. Lawyer’s Assn. and the Bohemian Lawyers.  He was also a loyal Cubs fan. 

Beloved husband of Margaret.  Loving father of Daniel (Kristen) and Ellen Koucky.  Devoted brother of Marilyn Meyer and the late Robert Koucky.  Fond brother-in-law of Bill (late Dorothy) Gelderman.   Dear uncle of many. 

Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to UNG Make-A-Wish Fund, P. O. Box 1599, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 in memory of Joseph Koucky appreciated.  Funeral home phone 708/352-6500 or www.hjfunerals.com

Donald Randall Hellyer, age 90, of 3207 Brentwood Drive, Quincy, died Friday, April 25, 2014, at 7:05 pm in Illinois Veterans Home.

Donald Hellyer | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois
Donald was born March 26, 1924 in Greeley, Colorado, the son of Albert E. and Jennie Randall Hellyer. He married Dorothy Daye July 24, 1948 in Chicago, IL. She survives.

He joined the Navy in 1942, served in World War II in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands. He was discharged in 1945. Donald graduated from Indiana University and went on to get his Law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. He practiced law in Chicago and in Rockford, IL, retiring in 1984. Donald was an active volunteer, delivering Meals on Wheels, walking dogs for the Humane Society, and volunteering at the Veterans’ Home.

Along with his wife, Donald is survived by two children, Denise (Ed) Dutton, of Kenton, TN and David Hellyer of Sarasota, FL; two grandchildren, Ashli (T.J.) Williams of Martin, TN and Adam (Jeni) Kelley of Quincy, and four great grandchildren, Jayden and Ethan Williams and Nicholas and Connor Kelley.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Donald Hellyer, Jr.

There will be no services. Donald donated his body to St. Louis University

Memorials: Quincy Humane Society

Robert Frankenstein
Robert Frankenstein
When attorney Robert Frankenstein introduced himself, people did a double take.

“What did you say your name was?’” they’d ask.

“Frankenstein, like the monster,” he’d reply.

If people pronounced it “Franken-STEIN,” he’d sometimes channel Gene Wilder from the movie “Young Frankenstein,” correcting them with a tongue-in-cheek hissy fit.

“It’s not Franken-STEIN, it’s Franken-STEEN,” he’d say.

But “then he would say, ‘whatever,’ ’’ said his daughter, Jamie Steckler.

Mr. Frankenstein, who really did pronounce it Franken-STEEN, went from being a kid who grew up in a West Rogers Park apartment to a lawyer who traveled the world, skiing and scuba diving. He tooled around Glencoe in his Corvette, his Labrador retriever Max riding shotgun, long ears fluttering behind him.

He died last month at his Palm Springs home at age 70. He was diagnosed in December with Stage IV lung cancer, said Susan, his wife of 43 years.

Read the full obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times

Tomas M. Magdich
Tomas M. Magdich
The Honorable Tomas M. Magdich of Dixon died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was 74.

He was born July 2, 1939, in Gary, Ind., to a bookkeeper, Ann Magdich, and a carpenter, Milan Magdich. His working-class childhood was made difficult by the death of his father at the age of 13. He was raised by a hardworking, single mother in the 1950s, and delivered papers to contribute to the family’s grocery money. Although his life was difficult, from early on, he always had a passion for school and learning.

Tom graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1957 in Gary, and then attended Ripon College. At Ripon College, he met his future spouse, Judith Lawson. He became president of his fraternity, where he developed many lifelong friendships. And it was at Ripon College where he was mentored to seek a career in law after graduating with a degree in philosophy.

While attending Northwestern Law School, he discovered his passion for the law and his lifelong mission to help people seek justice. During his first year, he married Judith Lawson on Aug. 11, 1962. During his last year of law school, he found himself in need of employment due to the impending birth of their first child. A job opportunity with the firm Gunner and Keller is how he came to Dixon 50 years ago, a place that he thought would be a temporary home but grew to endear.   

Robert S. Krockey
Robert S. Krockey
Robert S. Krockey, 73, of Shorewood, Ill., and Fountain Hills, Arizona, passed away March 29, 2014. He was born to the late Sol and Miriam Krockey, December 6, 1940, in Chicago.

Mr. Krockey was a proud Roosevelt Rough Rider, Class of June, 1958; a graduate with a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Illinois, Class of 1962; a Certified Public Accountant since 1965; a graduate of DePaul University School of Law, 1966; and a member of the Illinois Bar since 1966.

Mr. Krockey practiced law in Joliet from 1967-2014. He was senior partner of the law firm, KCCC (Krockey, Cernugel, Cowgill and Clark). He served on numerous bar association committees and was a mentor to many. Mr. Krockey was a board member and President of Will County Legal Assistance Program for many years, devoting many hours of legal aid for the poor.

He was President of Will County Sheltered Workshop and United Cerebral Palsy, where he was recipient of the Mel Larson Award. Mr. Krockey also was a member of the Joliet Jewish Congregation, serving as Vice President at the time of his passing. He was a proud, very amateur musician with Southwest Community Band, Joliet Junior College Band, Bicentennial Park Band; a devoted University of Illinois alum, and a rabid Bears, Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan. More than anything, he was a lawyer who was devoted to his clients, and his greatest joy were his four grandchildren.

Anthony "Tony" G. Catullo, age 70, of Crown Point, IN passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Tony graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1970 and was actively practicing law in the Chicago south suburbs for over 39 years. He was an avid golfer, scuba diver and amateur photographer.

Beloved husband of Patrice "Patty" (nee McCormack); loving father of Anthony M. Catullo and James N. Catullo; brother of Patrick A. (Karen) Catullo; brother-in-law to Michael (Judy) McCormack; Brian (Carla) McCormack; and James (Marilee) McCormack; uncle to Christopher (Shannon) Catullo and Nicholas J. Catullo; great uncle to Alessia and Nicholas Catullo. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas J. and Eva J. Catullo.

Services have been held. Sign hte guestbook at www.GeisenFuneralHome.com

Theodore Gebhardt
Theodore Gebhardt
Theodore "Ted" William Gebhardt, age 51, of Dunlap, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Metamora.

Ted was born on December 21, 1962 in Peoria to Richard Lawrence and Sandra Lee (Herman) Gebhardt. He married Carol Rae Walker on September 3, 2011.

Ted is survived by his wife, Carol, of Dunlap, IL; his son, Brock Gebhardt of Springfield, IL; his daughter, Samantha Gebhardt of Dunlap, IL; his step-children, Eddie Elson of East Peoria, IL, Brian Wikoff of West Peoria, IL and Troy Wikoff of Dunlap, IL; his step-grandchild, Anthony Elson; his parents; two brothers, Rick (Maritza) Gebhardt of Dunlap, IL and Randy Gebhardt of East Moline, IL; his sister, Jill (Joel) Dryden of Peoria, IL; and seven nieces and nephews, Meghan Dryden, Micah Dryden, Matthew Dryden, Cassie Gebhardt, Dane Gebhardt, Rachelle Mewshaw, and Katarina Gebhardt.  He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his aunt, Margie Strand.

Ted graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign in 1985. He also received his law degree from the  U of I. Ted was admitted to the IL Bar Association and practiced law for several years. He was the Operations Director for Central Pool Supply/Pride Manufacturing. He was a member of the TKE fraternity and was a big supporter of the Downs Syndrome Organization, the South Side Mission and of the Washburn Community. He also attended Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria.