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George F. Dvorak
George F. Dvorak
George F. Dvorak of Indian Head Park, born February 21, 1924, passed away May 15, 2013. Beloved wife of Billye, nee Williams. Loving father of Randall Dvorak and Carol (Bill) Dvorak-Mola. Cherished grandfather of Brandon and Lauren.

Mr. Dvorak was born in Chicago and raised in Cicero. Graduate of Morton High School, Electrical Engineer Program at Northwestern University, and The John Marshall Law School. Served in the US Navy Pacific Theater WWII and was commissioned from the US Naval Academy, Annapolis. He was a Patent Attorney for 53 years, 47 year member of the Union League Club, member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Bohemian Lawyers Association, and a Village of Westchester Police and Fire Commissioner for 18 years.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Entombment was in the Woodlawn Mausoleum, Forest Park. Arrangemnts by Woodlawn Funeral Home, Forest Park. Info. 708 442-8500 or www.woodlawnchicago.com.

Donald Ridge, 94, of Sarasota, FL, died on Apr. 7, 2013.

Donald was born and grew up in Chicago, where he attended elementary, middle, and high school. He then went on to graduate from University of Chicago and Chicago School of Law. After serving as a Lieutenant in the US Infantry and being wounded, he was assigned to be a commandant of the Prisoner of War Camp in England.

He is survived by his wife Imogene; children Scott (Nancy) and Ann (Greg) of Chicago; step-daughter Brooke Smith and step-granddaughter Blair Ault of Houston, TX.

Mari-Jo Jacquette
Mari-Jo Jacquette
Mari-Jo Jacquette, 47, of Waukegan passed away unexpectedly on April 16, 2013. She was born on June 17, 1965. She was married on August 12, 1988 to Thomas (TJ) Jacquette at the Old St. Patrick's Church in Wadsworth.

Mari-Jo Jacquette attended Marquette University Law School and graduated in 1995, Cum Laude. She was admitted to the Bar in 1995 and practiced family law in Waukegan. She was a member of the Lake County, Illinois and Wisconsin State Bar Associations. She was a member of the Family Law Section of the Lake County Bar Association, a member of the Judicial Selection and Retention Committee of the Lake County Bar Association and past treasurer and president of the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County.

She worked passionately representing children and protecting their rights. Mari-Jo also belonged to the Lithuanian Historical Cultural Society located in Chicago, Illinois and was proud of her heritage. She enjoyed spending time hunting mushrooms, picking berries, and fishing at her Wisconsin home with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas; her sons, Frank Matthew, and Walter Joseph, and her canine companion, Tessie. She is also survived by her extended family.

She is preceded in death by her father, Walter J. Bukantis; her mother, Betty Mae Bukantis (nee Fischer), and her great-niece, Rebecca Boice.

In lieu of flowers, donations or memorials to St. Raphael the Arc Angel Church in Millburn, IL, Prairie State Legal Services or a Safe Place.

Julius Lytton
Julius Lytton
Julius M. Lytton, 99, of East Moline, passed away Wednesday April 24, 2013, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.

Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Temple Emanuel, Davenport. Burial will be at Tri-City Jewish Cemetery, Davenport. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Temple Emanuel, Davenport. Arrangements are entrusted to Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island.

Julius was born Aug. 10, 1913, in Chicago, a son of Morris and Minnie Friedman Litvin. He graduated from DePaul University Law School in 1935.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Julius married Beverly J. Stewart on Feb. 4, 1940, in Chicago. She preceded him in death Oct. 26, 2003.

Julius practiced law in Chicago before moving to the Quad-Cities in 1947. He practiced law locally until 2005, when he retired at the age of 92.

Julius was a member of Temple Emanuel, Davenport, American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Rock Island County Bar Association and East Moline Rotary Club.

Surviving are his son, Tom Lytton and his wife Mary Lind, of Moline; and one granddaughter, Emilie Lytton, and her husband Brian Dout, University City, Mo. Julius was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers, Daniel Litvin and Albert Litvin.

Stephen E. Walter
Stephen E. Walter
Stephen E. Walter, 65, was born October 14, 1947 in Evergreen Park, IL and died April 14, 2013 at Condell Medical Center, Libertyville.

He achieved the Bronze Tablet from the University of Illinois and was a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. He was a public defender in Lake County, IL. He had a private practice before becoming a Judge in 1985 until 2006 when he retired. He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. After retirement he then practiced law as a part time mediator and arbitrator and enjoyed spending time with his family. Steve loved sports and was a diehard Chicago White Sox fan.

He is survived by his loving wife Claudia (nee Fiore), proud father of Matthew (fiancee Caroline) Walter, Mia Walter, John Walter and Sarah Walter, his sister Linda Olen and his canine companions Spencer and Missy.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Catholic Charities 2050 Ballenger Ave Suite 400 Alexandria, VA 22314 or Lake County Bar Foundation 415 Washington St. Waukegan, IL 60085.

For information visit www.kristanfuneralhome.com or call 847-566-8020.

Justice Moses W. Harrison II
Justice Moses W. Harrison II
Chief Justice Moses W. Harrison II was a judge and a gentleman. Most of all, he was a friend and a champion of ordinary people. Chief Justice Harrison passed away Thursday, April 25, after a long illness. He was 81.

"My former colleague, friend and mentor Chief Justice Harrison will be remembered as a prominent judge in Illinois legal history not because he was a great man, but because he never lost sight of the common man," said Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride "His commitment to equality and fairness went well beyond his simple, succinct, yet superlative opinions. He treated all people in all stations in life with the same kindness, dignity and respect. That fundamental decency guided his work as a judge, and his work guided Illinois law.

"Illinois is a sadder place today because of his death, but it will forever be a better place because of his life."

Justice Harrison was a member of the Illinois judiciary for 29 years; a member of the Illinois Supreme Court for 10 years; and Chief Justice from Jan. 1, 2000 to September 5, 2002, when he retired. His legacy is quite larger.

A Chicago Tribune profile in 1999 described him as "a gentleman rebel, a distinctly gracious man whose convictions are firm and manners mild."

During his tenure on the Supreme Court, he was most known and honored for demonstrating a commitment to justice and human welfare, writing—either for the majority or in dissent—to defend the poor, the weak, the young and the elderly against corporate or government policies which went against their interests.

Hon. Joseph F. Beatty
Hon. Joseph F. Beatty
Retired Circuit Court Judge, Joseph F. Beatty, 64, of Rock Island, died Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minn.

Joseph Frank Beatty was born Nov. 10, 1948 in Rock Island, a son of Russell and Helen Just Beatty. He married Jacqueline Spala on May 15, 1976 in St. Louis.

He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1966 and from St. Ambrose College in 1970. Judge Beatty received his Juris Doctor from St. Louis University Law School in 1973 and did additional course work at the National Judicial College, Reno, Nev. He was licensed to practice law in Missouri in 1974 and in Illinois in 1978. Judge Beatty was elected a Judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit Court in 1983 and retired from the bench on Dec. 31, 2007.

Judge Beatty was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island, a member of the Board of Trinity Regional Health System, Alternatives for Older Adults, Quad Cities Youth Build and Prairie State Legal Services. He was also a member of the Rock Island Kiwanis Club, and served ten years as a coach or assistant coach with A.S.A. Girls Softball. He loved baseball and was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela (Richard) Hostetler, Shreveport, La, Helen Elizabeth “Beth” Beatty (Eric Alvine), Chicago, and Emily Beatty, Chicago; grandsons, Drew and Dillon Hostetler; sisters, Sandra (Bill) Coopman, Moline and Sharon (Charles) Killion, Springfield, Ohio; brother, Daniel (Karen) Beatty, St. Anne, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Robert Howard
Robert Howard
Attorney Robert Howard was called one of “the lawyers who reformed Chicago.”

Mr. Howard used the law to fight police spying, help desegregate schools, and empower African-American police officers. He also campaigned for the election of two African-American “firsts”: Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and President Barack Obama.

Political consultant Don Rose included Mr. Howard among the “The Lawyers Who Reformed Chicago” in a 2011 analysis he wrote for www.theweekbehind.com. Mr. Howard and two other attorneys filed suit around 1974 to investigate illegal police spying in what became known as the “Red Squad” case.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, opposition to the Vietnam War — and the push for civil rights and other causes — created a cultural upheaval. Some Chicago Police officers infiltrated groups that were deemed subversive, but often were composed of social-justice activists or organizations unfriendly to Mayor Richard J. Daley. The police intelligence squad — known as the Red Squad — amassed thousands of files on people and associations. Sometimes, the squad used rumors to try to destabilize so-called anti-establishment groups. Surveillance targets included author Studs Terkel; Aldermen Leon Despres and Dick Simpson; Dr. Quentin Young, the head of medicine at Cook County Hospital; Chicago Defender Publisher John Sengstacke; Clergy and Laity Concerned; the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago; the Organization for a Better Austin, and Operation PUSH.

Richard J. Kissel
Richard J. Kissel
Richard J. “Dick” Kissel, President of the Board of Directors of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Senior Citizens Foundation and a 45-year resident of Lake Forest, died in his home on March 23, from cancer. He was 76.

Mr. Kissel was an incredible man who succeeded in business, life, and philanthropy. Under Mr. Kissel’s leadership, the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Senior Citizens Foundation expanded its community offerings, strengthened its financial position, and enjoyed increased participation by the area’s senior citizens.

Mr. Kissel was also a Director of the Board of the National Retirement Research Foundation. This followed a professional law career where he gained national prominence in establishing environmental law as a distinct and important practice area in the U.S. and across the globe.

Born in Chicago and raised on its West Side, Mr. Kissel’s hardworking parents believed their son’s education was the most important gift they could give him. After attending Western Military Academy in downstate Alton, Kissel earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, where he was President of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and was the first of his family to attend college. During his senior year he was Chairman of the famed student talent show, Waa-Mu. Mr. Kissel earned his law degree at Northwestern University, as well, graduating in 1961.

Paul W. Kaiser, Jr., age 85, a life-long resident of Waukegan, Illinois died on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Northwestern University Hospital.

Paul graduated from Waukegan High School and then attended the University of Illinois, Urbana, graduating with a degree in business in 1950. He served with the United States Air Force in Japan during the Korean War.

Following his discharge, he attended the University of Denver Law School. He served three years as a Lake County Assistant State's Attorney. While building his private practice, he was appointed as a part-time Public Defender. He served as secretary and treasurer of the Lake County Bar Association.

His experiences serving in the criminal justice system led him to become involved in the Lake County Family Service Agency and Lake County Mental Health Society. He worked with the late Rev. Ralph Smith to organize a group home for young men on probation in need of guidance called "Young Men's Fellowship." The group home was one of the first programs of its kind in the State of Illinois. Now called, "Rebound," it is still in operation. Later, he and Rev. Smith created "Contact," a telephone crisis-intervention hotline.