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

Walter B. Remdt passed away December 18, 2012 at age 88. Wally was the husband of Gloria (nee Bernin); father of Victor (Patricia) Remdt and Laura (James) Johnson; devoted grandfather of Max, Caroline and Emily Johnson and Victoria Remdt; dear member of the Kuehn and Rosenbaum families.

Walter was born in Manebach, Germany on July 21, 1924 to Aline and Maximilian Remdt. The family moved to Chicago during the late 1920s. A decorated World War II veteran and Bronze Star recipient, Wally proudly served the United States in the 65th Signal Battalion and the 3261st Signal Service Company in Europe. After the war, Wally graduated from the University of Illinois and attended John Marshall Law School. He started and ended his career with the insurance adjusting firm of Toplis & Harding, Inc. (agents for Lloyds of London) rising to President of the company.

During his retirement, he enjoyed world travel, shared his business acumen as a counselor with SBA's Service Corps of Retired Executive (SCORE), continued his long-standing relationship with the American Turners, and was active in the American Legion.

A former Lake Forest resident, Wally resided in Florida until his death. Services will be private. For information, contact jj4374@gmail.com

Arthur Greenberg, 83, of Peoria, died on Jan. 21, 2013, at his residence.

He was born July 31, 1929, in Chicago, to Irving and Dorothy Gordon Greenberg. He married Bonnie Mosiman on February 9, 1994, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Dean Greenberg of Carbondale, Nina Dunavan of Austin, Texas; his grandson, Abraham Traverso of Carbondale; his great-grandson, Mateo Traverso and his sister, Nancy Plotkin, of Chicago.

Preceding him in death are his parents and granddaughter, Leah Dunavan.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor.

He was a United States Navy veteran, serving his nation during the Korean War.

Arthur was a noted attorney in the Peoria area for many years, engaging in the practice of law from 1957 to 1978, 1982 to 1997, 1999 and 2000. He was also Resident Circuit Judge, Peoria County, Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court (1997-1998); Commissioner on the Inquiry Board, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) 1997; an Assistant State's Attorney, Peoria County, 1960 and 1962, and has been appointed special prosecutor and receiver in special cases.

He was licensed to practice law in all local Federal Courts, State of Illinois, State of Michigan, and before the United States Supreme Court.

Arthur was President of the Peoria County Bar Association (1992-1993), the Standing Committee on Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board (2005-2006), and the Illinois Central College Justice Advisory Board (2005 to 2011).

Peer Pedersen
Peer Pedersen

Peer Pedersen, 87, of Lake Forest, died on January 21, 2013. Peer was a proud graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law.

As former chairman and founder of Pedersen & Houpt, A Professional Corporation, Peer devoted his legal practice of more than 60 years to being a dedicated advocate for his clients. He was proud to have identified, mentored and trained generations of corporate attorneys.

Beloved husband of the late Sarah Derrick Pedersen; loving father of Leslie Bertholdt, Peer D. (Michelle) Pedersen, Mia (Fernando) Guidarini, Kristen (the late Bert) Meers, and Erik (Monica) Pedersen; adored grandfather of Kimberly, Sarah, Katherine, Peer, Parker, Derek, Ulrik and Annelise Pedersen, Kristin and Alixandria Lloyd.

Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, 550 W. Van Buren Street, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 345 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or the University of Illinois College of Law, 504 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Champaign, Illinois 61820.

Kenneth E. Scranton, 97, of Palatine, passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

He was born Feb. 4, 1915, in Chicago, to the late Cassius and Nellie (Ducey Cleary). He graduated from Northwestern University in 1937 and from Northwestern Law School in 1940. He completed his Navy officer training at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., and was assigned to a submarine squadron in 1942 operating in the South Pacific and China Straits.

He served in various Cape cities overseas for 34 months, entering the Japanese Navy Base with the U.S. fleet in November 1945. He was honorably discharged from the Navy shortly thereafter, and commenced his law practice as a member of a leading law firm in Chicago. He eventually opened his own law practice until his retirement in 2001 at the age of 86.

He continued to practice law, sitting on various boards until the time of his death. He was extremely proud to state that he was the personal attorney for members of the Wirtz family as well as corporate attorney for Wirtz Corp. and its subsidiaries, which includes the Chicago Blackhawks.

Joseph DuCanto
Joseph DuCanto
ISBA Laureate Joseph DuCanto, 85, a founding partner of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, passed away after a brief illness on Friday, Feb. 8.

“Joe” DuCanto, became a founding partner of the Chicago law firm Schiller DuCanto & Fleck in 1981. He devoted himself professionally to elevating the status of the practice of matrimonial law, and of its practitioners.  With his dedicated guidance and support, shared equally by his partners, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck has become one of the most distinguished matrimonial law firms in the country. Best Lawyers in America has named it the number one ranked Family-Law divorce law firm in the United States.

Mr. DuCanto was known throughout the country for preparation and distribution of divorce-tax related materials, including his annual Federal Income Tax Charts, dating back to 1977, which are used today by lawyers, judges, accountants, bankers and financial planners.

Joe was also a prolific writer, who was frequently published in law Journals, including the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. From 2000-2008 Mr. DuCanto wrote “All in the Family”, a monthly column for the Chicago Lawyer,  where he critically examined many newly issued cases, movements, trends and ideas in the practice of family law. Ultimately, a collection of those articles was published in book form.

Anthony G. Scariano
Anthony G. Scariano
Nationally recognized attorney Anthony G. Scariano of Flossmoor, Illinois passed away peacefully on December 26, 2012 at his most beloved place, Redstone, Colorado.

Anyone who had the pleasure of making Tony's acquaintance can attest to the larger than life impression left by this irreplaceable man. He was a passionate fan of gardening, literature, sports, art, cooking, photography, music, and so much more. Seeming to have a never-ending cache of knowledge, Tony could have a conversation with you about any topic in this world.

Tony was also a loving grandfather who treasured his most precious possession in the world, his granddaughter, Julianna Marie Scariano. Mr. Scariano was a trailblazer in the field of school law. He first practiced law with his father, the late Anthony Scariano who was an Illinois Appellate Court judge, state legislator, and founder of the law Firm of Scariano, Himes and Petrarca. Tony eventually transformed his father's general practice law firm into one of the first and few law firms in the nation that has a unique expertise in the representation of educational institutions.

Carl J. Frank
Carl J. Frank
Carl J. "Bud" Frank, of Riverside, died Dec. 30, 2012.

Mr. Frank was an attorney who was actively engaged in the practice of law for more than 40 years. Admitted to practice in Illinois by the Illinois Supreme Court and the three federal district courts in Illinois, he was also a member of the bar of the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services.

He was a retired (December 2008) captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Navy. He was an honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Law School.

Following graduation from law school, Capt. Frank reported for active duty and served surface warfare tours as damage control assistant and engineering officer on the USS Power and USS Charles F. Adams.

In 1982, he accepted a direct commission in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve. He served as defense counsel/administrative officer, VTU LAW 1314; law of armed conflict attorney, status of forces agreement attorney and international agreements attorney, Commander In Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe; defense counsel and trial counsel/training officer, NR LSO Great Lakes; executive officer, VTU LAW 1314; staff judge advocate, Personnel Mobilization Team; commanding officer, VTU LAW (awarded the RADM Gerald E. Gilbert Cup as the most outstanding Naval Reserve Law Program Unit in 1997); deputy judge advocate, Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Midwest; commanding officer, NR LSO North Central 113; and, staff judge advocate, NR Naval Network and Space Operations Command.

Albert Green
Albert Green
Judge Albert Green, age 88, of Chicago. Retired Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, former Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division, and World War II Veteran, passed away on Jan. 8, 2013.

Beloved husband for the last seven years of Celia "Ceci" (nee Jones), Fitzsimmons Green and, for 52 years prior, the late Virginia Bucko, with whom he was a devoted father of Valerie, Michael, Gregory (Valerie), Jonathan (Monica) and the late Vanessa; loving grandfather of Timothy (Jacklyn); adoring great-grandfather of David and Audri; loving step-father of the Fitzsimmons children, Kathy (Carl), Cindy (Steven), Charlotte (Mark) and Kelly (Ruth); cherished by the numerous Fitzsimmons grandchildren and great-grandchildren; dear son of the late Isadore and Sylvia; brother of the late Robert (Anastasia) and nephew to the late Philip (Joan); fond uncle of Daniel and Mary Breaux, Dr. Nicholas and Christine Schlageter; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who miss him dearly.

Donations in Judge Green's memory may be made to Little City Foundation, home to his daughter Valerie and son Michael, 1760 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL, 60067, would be greatly appreciated www.weinsteinfuneralhomes.com.

Lloyde Milton McClure
Lloyde Milton McClure
Lloyd Milton McClure, 98, of Beardstown, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

He was born in Beardstown on Dec. 27, 1914, the son of Lloyd Milton and Beulah A. Glendinning McClure. He married Margaret J. Steadman on Feb. 29, 1940, and she preceded him in death in 1993.

He is survived by two sons, Lloyd Milton (wife, Suzanne) McClure and George Steadman (wife, Wyllia) McClure, both of Beardstown; one brother, James E. McClure of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He graduated from Beardstown High School with the class of 1932; he attended Severn School, Marion Military Institute, and graduated from University of Illinois and the College of Law of the University of Illinois in 1939. At the time of his retirement in 1981, he was senior partner in the law firm of McClure, Brannan and Hardwick founded in 1883 by his grandfather, Milton McClure. He was state's attorney of Cass County for 12 years and served as an assistant attorney general and as city attorney for the City of Beardstown for many years.

Allen J. Oehlert
Allen J. Oehlert
Beloved husband, dad, grandpa, Allen J. Oehlert, JD, 65, of Chatham, died December 30, 2012 at his home. He was born June 3, 1947 in Melrose Park, IL to Walter J. and Dorothy Welch Oehlert. He married Sara Lamos on June 5, 1971, was a devoted and loving husband, and she survives. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Sara; he was a great dad to four children, Matthew (Amie) Oehlert of Denver, CO, Elizabeth (Vladimir) Avila of Chicago, Emily (Aaron) Dufrene of Buffalo, NY and Katherine (Phillip) Galloway of Springfield; he was a doting, loving grandpa to seven grandchildren, Marcelina, Gus and Amelia Oehlert, Lucas Avila, Finn and Sophia Dufrene and Seraphina Galloway; brother-in-law, Mark (Jerry Jones) Lamos of Sherman, CT; and his beloved dogs, Burt and Madison. He was a caring, giving man, a true and loyal friend. He lived life to the fullest, loved to laugh and his family was his greatest treasure.