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John J. "Jack" Griffin II
John J. "Jack" Griffin II
John J. "Jack" Griffin II, 80, passed away peacefully, Feb. 26, 2014. Born Dec. 22, 1933 in Chicago, Jack attended Saint Hilary Grade School and graduated from Amundsen High School in Chicago in 1951. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's Degree in 1956 and DePaul University with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1958.

Jack served in the US Air Force as a JAG Officer from 1958-1961. He worked as an Attorney and CPA with his brother David, at Griffin & Griffin in Chicago. Jack was a proud Badger Fan, enjoyed traveling, Hawaiian vacations, skiing, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by a son, Gary (Lynette) Griffin, a daughter-in-law, Petrine Griffin ; grandchildren, John J. "JJ" (Hayley) Griffin IV, Christian, Danielle "Dani", Austin, Caleb and Jeremiah "Miah" Griffin; great-grandson, John J. Griffin V; great-granddaughter, Erin Elizabeth Griffin; brother, David (Chris) Griffin; and nieces, Lisa VanScoyoc, Sherri Griffin and Patty Miller. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ronna Lou "GG" Griffin (nee Alexander) whom he married June 2, 1956, in Madison, Wis.; son, John J. "Jay" Griffin III; parents, John J. and Eleanor (nee Fennell) Griffin.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517. For information, 847-381-3411 or where online condolences may be left for the family.


Colette Bailey
Colette Bailey
Colette Bailey, age 58, of Peoria, formerly of Glenview, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, after a brief illness.

She was the beloved daughter of Peggy Bailey and the late R. Emmett Bailey; dear sister of Vicky Coleman; loving aunt of Bob (Renee) Coleman, Laura (Brian) Brehart and John (Tracy) Coleman; and cherished great-aunt of Bobby, Ryan, Lyla and Emma.

Colette was a graduate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Regina Dominican, St. Mary's University in Minnesota and DePaul University.

She was an attorney in private practice and a public defender in Peoria.

Colette served on numerous boards, including the YWCA, the Women's Fund for the PACF, the Junior League and more. She volunteered for many other programs and was a lifetime member of the Phi Gamma Nu Sorority. Colette was named in the 40 Leaders Under 40 in 1995 by the Peoria Magazine and was also named to the Peoria Chamber of Commerce 25 Women in Leadership in 2000. She received the Louise Alloy Volunteer of the Year Award in 1998 from WTVP Channel 47 in Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sister Paulanne's Needy Family Fund, c/o Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

For more information, call (847) 675-1990 or visit

David Linde
David Linde
David E. Linde, 48, a 13-year-resident of Oak Park, died on Feb. 19, 2014 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood of complications from Cystic Fibrosis. Born on April 13, 1965 in Chicago, he was raised in Evergreen Park and graduated from Evergreen Park High School, Carroll College, and John Marshall Law School. He was a practicing bankruptcy attorney. 

David Linde is survived by his wife, Christine; his daughter, Samantha; his parents, Ralph and Caroline Linde; his sister, Julia (Derek) Inksetter; his nephews, Andrew and Charlie; his niece, Rachel Inksetter; and his aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Private interment took place on Feb. 24 at Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen Park. A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, March 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. with shared memories from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., in Oak Park. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at are appreciated.

Don Cadagin
Don Cadagin
Don Cadagin, 73, of Springfield, died on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Don was born November 25, 1940 in Springfield, the son of Frank A. and Gertrude O’Leary Cadagin. He married Kathryn Holl on December 20, 1975 at Blessed Sacrament
Catholic Church in Springfield.

Don graduated from Cathedral Boys High School and proudly served his country in the United States Army. He later received his law degree from Loyola University School of Law, and was admitted to the bar in 1972. Judge Cadagin has served as assistant State's Attorney, Public Defender, and Sangamon County State's Attorney. He was elected circuit judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit in 1994, and retained that position until his retirement July 8, 2005. Don was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church as well as the Sangamon County Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Edward, James, Jack, Robert, and Richard “Dick” Cadagin; and one sister-in-law, Jackie Cadagin.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Cadagin of Springfield; two sons, Sean (wife, Amanda Atkins) Cadagin of Chicago and Ryan Cadagin (fiancé, Katherine Dinges) of Springfield; one daughter, Meghan (husband, Bobby) Noll of Springfield; one grandson, Daniel Cadagin; three sisters, Mary (husband, Marvin) Farmer of Springfield, Patricia (husband, Larry) Snodgrass of Batavia, and Rita (husband, Ed) Norris of Springfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert J. O’Connell, age 86, of Evanston formerly from Fairbanks, Alaska. Veteran U.S. Army Korean War. Distinguished law professor at Marquette University, Kent Law School and John Marshall Law School as well as a recreational pilot.

Beloved brother of the late Franklin, Jr. M.D. (the late Mary Lou) O’Connell, the late Jerome M.D. (Ellen) O’Connell and the late Regina (the late James, Sr.) Nash.; dear uncle of Thomas (Terri) O’Connell, Deirdre (Edmond) deVlam, Meg (Michael) Hawkins, John O’Connell, Anne O’Connell,M.D. (Ethan Kunz), Patricia O’Connell (Stephen Bell), Edward (Julie) O’Connell, Peter O’Connell, Catherine Nash, James, Jr. (Nancy) Nash, Maura (Ted) Kennedy and Regina Nash; fond great uncle to many ; will be greatly missed by friends in Finland, Northern Wisconsin, Alaska and the Amish Community.

John Pieper
John Pieper
John N. Pieper, age 64, a resident of Naperville, IL since 2003, formerly of Moline and Winfield, IL, died Thursday, January 23, 2014 at his home. He was born October 16, 1949 in Davenport, IA.

John grew up in Moline, IL, attended Moline High School (Class of 1967) and was a 1971 graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign with a degree in chemistry. He graduated with distinction from John Marshall Law School, Chicago in 1976 and, shortly afterwards, clerked for Judge Allan Stouder of the Illinois Appellate Court. John practiced law for many years in Cook and DuPage Counties including operating the Law Offices of John N. Pieper in Wheaton and Naperville until his retirement in 2013. He was an active volunteer at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle and served on the board of the Naperville Humane Society. John enjoyed playing golf, scuba diving and gardening.

Loving companion to Shannon West, devoted son of the late Henry and Ruth Pieper, dear brother of Mary Kay (Wesley) Johnson of Moline, IL and Judith (Craig) Wyatt of Rockford, IL, fond uncle of Kathleen (Karl) Kochendorfer, Sara (Shawn) Wynn, Stephen Wyatt and Suzanne (Nathan) Parker, great-uncle of many, loving friend to Ron West.

A private visitation was held for family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Naperville Humane Society 1620 W. Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL 60563, (630) 420-8989 or Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532,, (630) 968-0074

Hon. Richard Rochester
Hon. Richard Rochester
The Honorable Richard R. Rochester of Northbrook, Illinois died Tuesday, January 28, 2014.  He was the beloved husband of Florenceen Rochester (DeGrazio) for 56 years. He was also the devoted father of five surviving children: Domineque (Scott McCartney), Richard (Kristyn), RoxAnne (John Marhoefer), Ronald (Kit Llerandi), and Rory (Julie). He is survived by his 13 grandchildren, Tyler, Kelsey, Richard, Riley, Robert, John, Dominic, Margo, David, Lucas, Brittany, Brooke and Brielle, and a great-grandson, Brayden.

Richard was born on August 20, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois and was the only child of Richmond Rochester and Anne Marie Rochester (Bockstahler). He was raised in Chicago and attended St. Patrick’s High School. He served in the United States Army. Richard completed his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois and obtained his law degree from IIT Chicago Kent Law School.  After working for more than thirty-five years as an attorney for private clients, Richard served as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, in Chicago, Illinois. He is a past president of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. After retiring he resided in Venice, Florida with his wife.

A memorial service will be held at Our Lady of the Brook Catholic Church at 3700 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, Illinois 60062 on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. (visitation), 11:00 a.m. (mass).

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Anthony Novak
Anthony Novak
Anthony "Tony" Novak of Urbana passed away Saturday (Feb. 8, 2014) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago after losing his battle with cancer. He was 63.

Tony is survived by his wife, Amy Fuller; his son, Henry; his mother, Anna Novak-Heller; his brother, Rick; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A devoted criminal defense attorney, Tony worked to ensure the justice system delivered on its promise of a fair trial.

He was active in the Jewish community, and was a past president of Sinai Temple and the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation.

He was passionate about tennis, skiing, bowling, boating, water-skiing and his friends.

He picked up friends across the spectrum and around the country; he collected people, art, funky furniture, toys and experiences.

He loved a good meal at a dive; pie; his mother's cooking; a good ski trip; a long story.

If an argument broke out, or someone voiced a harsh opinion of someone else, Tony's booming voice would interrupt with the solution that pleased the most parties, or made the most sense. He was a mediator of conflicts large and small, and he relied on a strong sense of justice to mete out his decisions.

His house represents him to his friends and family. It's independent, like Tony - outside of town, out of the way. It's colorful, filled with the quirky furniture and art that he collected over the years. It's filled with the memories that show his life was full, even if it ended too soon.

The house, and the woods behind it - the neighbors and family and friends who frequently visited both can go there to remember him.

William Morrison
William Morrison
William Leo Morrison lost his long and valiant battle with cancer on the evening of Dec. 4, 2013. William Leo Morrison died peacefully in the home he had made for 59 years with his loving and beloved wife, Kate.

The immediate cause of death may be linked to the crushing defeat of the Chicago Bears the Sunday before, which he weathered with his son.

Bill was born January 19, 1931, in Nampa, Idaho, and raised in the (then) small town of Aberdeen, SD, by James and May Morrison. He played high school football, worked in his father's grocery store, fished with his brother and father, but avoided hunting. He forged friendships and memories that sustained him to his final days.

He left Aberdeen to attend Harvard College, where he encountered Kate, close friends, and a world of literature - all of which, he felt, shaped the man that he became. After law school, he and Kate moved to Chicago, where they raised their family and he practiced law at the firm of Gardner, Carton and Douglas.

He was a man of great intelligence, integrity, and humor. He was generous in the extreme. He was a voracious reader - fiction, non-fiction, history, mystery and the news of the day. On the table beside his bed at the time of his death were the collected short stories of William Trevor, Alice Munro's "Dear Life", and "Bloodlands" by Timothy Snyder. His stoicism as a 50-year supporter of the Bears approached the quiet hope and resignation of a private religion. He loved advice columns, Scrabble and the Word of the Week.

Hon. Vincent E. Bentivenga
Hon. Vincent E. Bentivenga
The Hon. Vincent E. Bentivenga, Jr., 77, passed away on January 2, 2014. He was a graduate of St. Thomas the Apostle grammar school, Mt. Carmel High School, Loyola University, and DePaul Law School. Highly respected Judge of the Cook County Criminal Court for more than 20 years.

Beloved father of Mark (Rachelle - deceased) Bentivenga and Scott (Barbara) Bentivenga; loving grandfather ("Papa Vince") to Rachel, Rick, Jake and Rocco Bentivenga; dear brother of Guy (Bobbie) Bentivenga; loving uncle to Michael, Jimmy, Karen and Steve Bentivenga.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul of the Cross Church, 320 S. Washington Street, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068 or Mt. Carmel High School, 6410 S. Dante Ave., Chicago, IL 60637. Visit Vincent's memorial at