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Michael Patrick Mullen, Sr. has passed away on September 17, 2013. On June 7, 1942 he was born, raised and lived in the Chicago area.

Michael started out his career as a CPA in 1965. He then graduated from DePaul University with a Juris Doctor. He was a determined litigator with a "never give up" attitude. He honed these skills as a U.S. Assistant Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois under U.S. Atty Gov. Jim Thompson in his famous "kiddie corps". The kiddie corps were a group of young Attorneys who helped clean up corruption in the City of Chicago in the early 70's. They prosecuted over 2000 public officials some of which was documented in the book Beneath the Badge. He won a highly publicized trial in the defense of the MacArthur Foundation in Florida in the 70's. 

He paved the way in the implementation and prosecution of the Indian Arts and Craft Act which was a great benefit to Native Americans. He was always available to give advice to those in need. He practiced law for over 40 years as a litigator. 

He was a diehard Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks fan. His fondness for the water was shown in his owning of powerboats over the years. He picked up running, from his former wife Mary, and completed 2 marathons which he experienced the feeling of "hitting the wall". He enjoyed racquetball as well. His love of skiing was demonstrated on the family ski trips to Colorado with his 5 sons, Michael, Daniel, Timothy, Matthew and Edward. His passion for music was confirmed through his love of dancing and hitting the town in one of his multiple colorful Zoot suits with his wife Danuta and his sister Kathleen and her late husband Bob. 

Hon. Creed Tucker
Hon. Creed Tucker
Creed D. Tucker passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Friday, September 6, 2013.

Creed was born April 30, 1924, in Glendale, Calif., to Constance Davis and Creed Airol Tucker. His father was a pharmacist and his mother was a homemaker. In 1933 Creed's father had the opportunity to return to Illinois to run the family farms in Pesotum, and the family moved to Illinois. As his parents were great travelers, Creed's youth was spent between Pesotum and Glendale.

After graduating high school from Peekskill Military Academy in Peekskill, N.Y., Creed began attending the University of Illinois. But, like so many others during this era, his education was cut short by World War II. He was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and served for just more than three years. The majority of his naval service was as the executive officer aboard a 135-foot converted tuna clipper, a refrigerated commissary ship for the Pacific Fleet. He also participated in the liberation of the Philippines.

After the war was over, Creed returned to the University of Illinois, where he graduated with a degree in journalism in 1948. As he missed California, Creed chose to begin his journalism career covering the police beat for the Los Angeles Mirror. While he enjoyed the majority of his time at the L.A. Mirror, he came to realize that this was not his final calling. He decided that he would return to Illinois to attend law school.

Winston J.M. Block, 71, passed away on August 26, 2013 at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He was born April 24, 1942 in Hyde Park, IL, the son of Theresa (Mayer) Block and Max Block.

Winston, a U.S. Army Veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star, practiced law in the Joliet area for over 50 years. He received a Juris Doctorate Degree from John Marshall Law School and was also a medical school graduate from Spartan Health Sciences in St. Lucia. He was a law Professor at both John Marshall and Joliet Junior College.

Mr. Block, also a world traveler, enjoyed many endeavors during his life, including being an innkeeper, a pilot and an ostrich rancher.

He was the beloved husband of Cathy Wintersteen Block of Joliet; loving father of Tyler (Penelope) Block of Dana Point, CA and Tiffany (Scott) Vaughan of Nashville, TN; proud grandfather of Amory and Arabella Block and Anna Vaughan; dear brother of Michael (Judith) Block of Shorewood, and beloved uncle of sixteen. Also survived by his mother-in-law, Phyllis Wintersteen. Preceded in death by his daughter, Tanja Block; his parents; father-in-law, Carroll Wintersteen and sister-in-law, Colleen Powers.

As it was Mr. Block's wish, Cremation Rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the Salvation Army, the Spanish Community Center or the Forest Park Community Center would be appreciated.

 

Philip Creed
Philip Creed
Philip A. Creed, 76, of Glenview, passed away on Sept. 2, 2013. Mr. Creed practiced law in Chicago for over 40 years.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia nee Loftus. Loving father of Kathleen Creed, Maureen (Edward) Coursey, and Timothy Creed. Proud grandfather of John Philip Coursey. Dear brother of Elizabeth (Joseph) Danzer and the late John and William Creed. Brother-in-law of Anne Creed, Catherine Creed, Arlene Loftus, Raymond (Armida) Loftus, Dr. Gerald (Mary Clare) Loftus, and the late John (Margaret) Loftus, Thomas Loftus, and Rev. Robert J. Loftus. Fond uncle of many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation Friday, September 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Rd., Glenview. Family and friends will meet for funeral mass, Saturday, September 7 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1775 Grove St., Glenview. Interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sr. -Paulanne’s Needy Family Fund, C/O OLPH, 1775 Grove St. Glenview, IL 60025. Funeral information 847-998-1020.

William Sutter
William Sutter
ISBA Past President William Paul Sutter, 89, of the Village of Golf, Florida and Northfield, Illinois, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2013 after a brief illness.  Bill was born in Chicago on January 15, 1924 to Harry Blair and Elsie Paul Sutter.  He graduated from Yale University in the Class of 1945 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  Bill’s time at Yale was interrupted while he served his country in World War II.  He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Field Artillery stationed in the Philippines. Bill received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan in 1950 and was a member of the Order of the Coif.

Upon graduation from Michigan, Bill joined Hopkins & Sutter, the Chicago law firm co-founded by his father.  Bill twice argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and he served as President of the Illinois State Bar Association from 1973-1974.

Hon. Robert Raleigh
Hon. Robert Raleigh
The Honorable Robert Gerst Raleigh, 61, of Florissant, Mo., born Feb. 11, 1952, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Bob was of counsel at Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, and also served as a municipal court judge for the City of Florissant, Mo.

Bob graduated from McCluer High School in 1970, then received a bachelor's degree from Drury College in 1979. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1983 and was admitted to both the Missouri and Illinois bars.

Bob was a gifted with beautiful tenor voice and loved to sing. He glorified God by singing in the Chancel Choir of Central Presbyterian Church. He was invited to sing in the Home of Jack Buck on several Christmas Eves. He loved to make people laugh, and was a proud member of The Courthouse Steps and the Dogtown Tenors.

Bob was a member of the Order of the Veiled Prophet and loved dressing to the nines and escorting his girlfriend, Noelle, to the Veiled Prophet Ball every December. He was also a board member of the Hot City Theatre, a volunteer for the St. Louis Variety Club, and a member of Elks Lodge 9. Bob was a season ticket holder at the Muny and also was an avid fan of shows at the Fox Theater.

Bob had a deep compassion for all animals and was an ardent supporter of the Humane Society of Missouri and the Belleville Humane Society. He had a fierce love for his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Charlie, who served as the 2011 HSMO Bark in the Park Mascot. He was happiest simply sitting on his couch snuggling with and receiving canine kisses from Charlie and Noelle's dogs, Oscar and Fenway.

Ronald Brown
Ronald Brown
Ronald M. Brown, 78, of Phoenix, passed away July 30, 2013. Ron was born in Cheyenne, Wyo. to Evelyn and Max Brown. He spent most of his life in Chicago, where he raised three sons, and practiced law for more than 30 years. He was a graduate of the University of Chicago and Chicago-Kent College of Law. He was honored as Senior Counsellor recognizing more than 50 years of service in the Illinois Bar. Ron was a lifelong Cubs fan and avid golfer. He retired to Phoenix in 1995. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Marlene. He is also survived by three sons: Neil Brown of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Steven Brown of Phoenix; Howard Brown of Ahwatukee; daughters-in-law Gelareh Asayesh and Belinda Brown; grandchildren Aaron, Mina, Cameron, Max, Eric and Elizabeth; sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Martin Buck of Chicago. A private memorial will be held in Phoenix in the fall. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley

Ted E. Killingsworth
Ted E. Killingsworth
Ted E. Killingsworth, 91 of Rockford died Friday, July 26, 2013 in his home. Born June 28, 1922 in Ellenton, South Carolina, the son of Ted and Bertha Killingsworth.

He was an engineering graduate at Clemson University where he was a student council president and sang in the school musicals. Ted was a captain in the Air Force during World War II serving in the Philippines. Upon discharge he attended the University of Utah Law School. After working in the patent department in Washington, DC he joined a patent law firm (Intellectual Property) in Chicago until he joined Sundstrand Corporation in 1974 as their patent counsel and remained there until his retirement at age 70.

He loved his family and playing golf at Forest Hills Country Club. He served on committees at Court Street United Methodist Church and Wesley Willows Retirement Home.

Survivors include his wife, Jean of Rockford; children, Patrick (Patty) Killingsworth, John (Leslie) Munger, Margaret Killingsworth and Joan (Tim) Camper all of whom loved and respected him. He also leaves behind his six fabulous grandsons, Matt, Tom, Andy, Tim, Ted and Grant who adored him in return. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Leo and Alan.

In lieu of flowers memorials to Wesley Willows Good Samaritan Fund.

Alison O'Hara Barasa
Alison O'Hara Barasa
By Nancy Gier, Special to the Tribune

After stints as an attorney in both the public and private sectors, Alison O'Hara Barasa joined the family business and went on to become the first female chairman of Follett Corp. in its nearly 140-year history.

Mrs. Barasa joined Follett as senior counsel in 1999 and worked in litigation, contracts, employment and benefits. The company supplies educational materials to schools and is based in River Grove.

Mrs. Barasa became Follett's chairman in 2011 and gained a reputation as a catalyst for change and an innovator in moving the company forward in digital content and technology, despite battling breast cancer, colleagues said.

"Her tenure will be viewed as a pivot point in the company's next 140 years," said Mary Lee Schneider, Follett president and CEO.

Mrs. Barasa, 50, died of complications from breast cancer Saturday, July 20, at Midwest Palliative Care in Glenview, according to her husband, James Barasa. She was a resident of Glenview.

Schneider sat on Follett's board with Mrs. Barasa for more than 10 years.

"She pushed us to look at everything differently. She invited discussion and she felt that the best decisions were made through conversation," Schneider said. "She challenged how the family was involved with the business. There were no sacred cows with Alison."

Mrs. Barasa also served as Follett's acting president and CEO after her cousin Charles Follett retired in 2012. Schneider took over as president and CEO this year.

Lori Ann O'Brien
Lori Ann O'Brien
Lori Ann (Parrovecchio) O’Brien, 53, passed away peacefully at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 in her home with her family and friends. Born July 21, 1960 in Rockford the daughter of Tony and Josephine Parrovecchio.

She was a graduate of Boylan Catholic High School class of 1978 and the University of Nevada Las Vegas with honors in 1994. Lori went on to receive her Juris Doctor in 1997 from Northern Illinois University College of Law.

She married her loving husband, Pat O’Brien on September 17,1988 in Las Vegas. She had previously worked for the City of Rockford in the City Attorney’s office and until recently worked as an assistant State’s Attorney for Boone County. She was a member of the Nevada and Illinois State Bar Association, enjoyed crocheting, reading, music and was an avid sports fan, especially fond of the Chicago Bears.

Lori loved living and vacationing in Las Vegas and spent much of her free time there. She was a wonderful and caring person with a beautiful smile that always brightened your day, she will be missed greatly by all. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Northern Illinois Hospice and to Lori’s wonderful and caring friends and associates that stopped by to visit with her.