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Joseph Heaton
Joseph Heaton
Joseph Edward “Jock” Heaton Jr., 67, of Dixon, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at home surrounded by his beloved family, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Jock was born Dec. 19, 1949, the son of Joseph and Mary Elizabeth “Bette” (Elmer) Heaton. He grew up in Dixon, and attended South Central Elementary School and Madison Elementary School. He graduated in 1968 from Dixon High School, where he was active in student government, sports, and music. He attended Indiana University, where he was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in business economics. He graduated in 1975 from The John Marshall Law School, with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.


Edmund H. Sadowski, 91, died on June 26, 2017 peacefully at his home with his beloved son Joe at his side. Ed was born on September 13, 1925 in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood to Pearl and Edmund J. Sadowski. He attended Bowen High School in 1943 and immediately upon graduation served as an aviation cadet in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

Ed obtained his law degree from DePaul University, where he met and later married Marie (née Scribano). He was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court bar in 1958, though never practiced before the court. He worked as an attorney for the Illinois Department of Housing and Urban Development, as president of Century Savings and Loan in Chicago, and as a real estate attorney. He reluctantly gave up his law practice when he was in his late 80s. Ed always had his toolbox at hand and was known for his ability to fix anything...whether you wanted it fixed or not! He completely rehabbed their home in the Beverly neighborhood and until his final days kept their Darien home, his children's homes, and the family cottage in good working order.

Michael S. Holewinski, of Chicago, passed away June 19, 2017. Mike was born April 30, 1947 to Stanley and Genevieve Holewinski, who preceded him in death. Mike enjoyed an accomplished life, which included toy buyer for Montgomery Ward, pilot, Illinois legislator, attorney, administrative assistant to Mayor Harold Washington, vice chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, chairman of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association and, most significant to him, a manufacturer. He took over the family business, Ace Plating Company, and continued to build his manufacturing empire with Acme Spinning Company, F&S Stamping, Cano Tool, Art Specialty and Barnes Plating. When he wasn't working, Mike preferred to relax on the beaches of South Maui and Chetek, WI. He always looked forward to spending time with his family, the "Cousins" and his many friends and neighbors. Mike was a political junkie who relished a good debate. He is thrilled to finally be with his beloved daughter, Annie, after 17 years.

Stephen H. Katz
Stephen H. Katz
Stephen H. Katz, 75, passed in the early afternoon of June 20, 2017. He was a mentor to aspiring lawyers and always willing to give of his time to help colleagues. He began his career in the Judge Advocate General's Corp during the Vietnam War and was a founding partner of Katz, Goldstein, & Warren.

Among his professional distinctions, he was elected as one of the top 20 divorce lawyers in the Chicagoland area by Northshore Magazine, a member in the Leading Lawyer Network, and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He retired after a nearly 50-year career, known as a formidable matrimonial lawyer.

He had a quick wit and sense of humor, adored classical music and opera, was an avid cook, reader, handball player and golfer, and had a never-ending thirst for knowledge. While Stephen spent a career as a well-respected attorney, his love and passion was always his family. He was a dedicated and loving husband, son, father, brother, and grandfather.

James Karraker
James Karraker
James “Larry” Karraker, 69, died at 5:03 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at home. Larry was born on August 21, 1947, in Carbondale, the son of James C. and Moneada E. Karraker.

He was a 1965 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro High School and a 1969 graduate of Southern Illinois University majoring in political science. He obtained his law degree in 1972 from the University of Kentucky School of Law and began his legal career. He was a public defender in Alexander County, assistant state’s attorney in Union County and regional counsel for DCFS for southern 17 counties.

Larry was an avid reader and To Kill a Mockingbird was the inspiration for his dream to becoming an attorney. He was a skilled criminal defense attorney who loved the law and had a great sense of humor. He was a member of Cobden Masonic Lodge #466, a friend of Bill W and sponsored many who reached out to him. He shared his mother’s love of Cardinal Baseball, but his true passion was Kentucky Basketball. He was the first person awarded the Gazette Democrat Alumni of the Year Award in 1992 as an example of a successful person that high school graduates could emulate.

Larry touched many lives in many different ways. He will be missed by his family, friends, and clients.

He married Cindy (Sorrells) Swope in 1967 and shared three children. In 1996, he married Lorraine (Basler) Karraker and she survives. They blended their families and were blessed with six children and three grandchildren.

Robert Bard
Robert Bard
Robert E. Bard, 99, died on June 4, 2017, in Tempe, AZ. He grew up in Chicago and attended Tilden Technical High School, and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1940. During World War II, he served in the 1st Armored Division, in Algeria, Tunisia and Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in 1943. After the war, he continued to serve in the Army Reserves, and retired as Lt. Col.

Mr. Bard graduated from Harvard Law School in 1948, and began practicing law at Wilson & McIlvaine in Chicago. In 1952, while working on a cigarette tax evasion case, he was appointed assistant attorney general of Illinois by Gov. Adlai Stevenson. Mr. Bard later worked for the Seng Co., Chicago, a manufacturer of furniture hardware, and he became president of the Seng Co. in 1966. He later received a MA from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, and practiced federal taxation law in Chicago with Bates, Dupree, Bard & Wilson.

He and his family were long-time residents of Park Ridge, and later Chicago. Mr. Bard and his wife Rosemary retired to Scottsdale, AZ in 1985. He lost Rosemary in 1997 due to cancer. Through a support group for those who had lost their spouses, Mr. Bard eventually met Marion Shaw, whom he married, and they spent 10 happy years together.

Mr. Bard is survived by his daughters Kathryn and Sara Bard, his grandson, Joshua Lazar, and stepchildren Leslie and Jeffrey Shaw.

Christopher McFadden
Christopher McFadden
Christopher R. McFadden, age 41, of Frankfort, Illinois, died Thursday, June 29, 2017, peacefully at his home.

Born in Joliet, Chris attended Joliet West High School. He graduated from Harvard in 1997, cum laude, where he was an editor of the Harvard Crimson newspaper. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Northwestern School of Law in 2000 where he was on Law Review and earned Order of the Coif. Chris was a Federal District Law Clerk in Montgomery, Alabama, and he also clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in San Diego and Chicago from 2005-2016. Chris never lost a case. 

While at the U.S. Attorney's Office he was awarded an FBI Commendation, a National Crime Victims Certificate of Appreciation, and the Chicago Crime Commission Star of Distinction Award. He successfully prosecuted 28 cases, including a $600MM fraud case and a joint case with the Illinois Department of Securities involving $1B in funding.

Chris  worked at Northwestern University School of Law as an Adjust Lecturer from 2007-2012. He served on the Frankfort School Board and was its president from 2013-2015. He was re-elected to the Frankfort School Board in April 2017. He was an associate at the law firm of Mahoney, Silverman and Cross in Joliet.

Albert Hutmacher
Albert Hutmacher
Colonel Albert "Matt" Hutmacher of 2030 SE Wilmar Drive, Quincy, died June 27, 2017, at the age of 76. He was born December 21, 1940 in Quincy, a son to Paul and Evelyn (Hollenstine) Hutmacher. He married Mary Heidbreder on December 29, 1967. They were blessed with two children, Matthew and Gretchen, whom Matt was very proud of. 

Matt was a 1958 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame, attended Quincy University from 1958 to 1960, a 1962 graduate with honors of St. Louis University, and he received a J.D. from Northwestern University in 1965. He valued his education and was most fond of his time at SLU. 

Matt served in the United States Army and Illinois Army National Guard. During the Vietnam War, he served 19 months in the United States and South Vietnam. He was stationed at Long Binh and Saigon with the 1st Signal Brigade and subsequently with the 126th Supply & Service Company (DS) National Guard Company at Chu Lai. Matt retired as Colonel after 26 years of service. In the spring of 2016, with his secretary as his Guardian, the 126th (also known as "The Hallmark Unit") traveled together on the Great River Honor Flight. 

Anthony Joseph Gregorio, 96, of Batavia, beloved husband of the late Martha (Peters) died peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 25, 2017, surrounded by his family. Anthony was born on February 10, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Angelo and Philomena (Nicoletti). He married Martha Peters on May 8, 1954, in Chicago and they celebrated 58 years of marriage until her death in 2012.

He spent his career as an attorney and claims superintendent for State Farm Insurance. He maintained an active law license up until his death. He was an arbitrator for Cook County and Kane County mandatory arbitration. He was honored with a citation for his ethical behavior as an attorney for over 50 years. He proudly served in the United States Army (World War II) as a medical technician during the Guadalcanal Campaign and the Liberation of the Philippines. He was grateful to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in recognition of his service. Anthony was an active member of the Cursillo Movement in the Joliet Diocese for more than 25 years. He was also a member of the Glen Ellyn Rotary. 

Charles C. Brewer of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on May 10. He was born in Aurora on October 21, 1937, the son of Rev. Jonathan Brewer and Arietta Dyer Brewer.

Charles graduated from East Aurora High School in 1955 where he was an outstanding student, played trombone in the band and orchestra, and also participated in cross country and track. Following graduation he attended Oberlin College (Ohio) for one year and then Aurora College for two years. After serving in the army from 1961-1963, he was employed as an analyst by Automatic Electric Company until August 1968. He then enrolled at Northern Illinois University and received his BA in 1970. In 1972 he received a MBA from Indiana University. Then he enrolled in law school at the University of Illinois and in 1975 received his J.D.

Following law school Charles was a professor at North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC, where he taught business for two years. During this time period he also passed the bar exam. In 1977 he moved to Chicago and was employed as a manager at U.S. League of Savings Association. Then, in January 1981 he moved to Silver Spring, MD, and was employed by the Office of Thrift Supervision, a division of the Treasury Department and retired in August, 2015.

Charles was active in Toastmasters and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and was a Frederick Douglass Scholar. He was a prodigious genealogist, an expert in Civil War Pension files and gave lectures at several conferences. A lover of music he also sang in several choral groups.

He is survived by his daughters Maya Ansong (Charles) and Ashley Childs, his son Joshua Childs and four grandchildren.