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Howard C. Goode, 76, of Northbrook, IL and West Palm Beach, FL, from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his loving partner, Sally Baker, his brother, Burton Goode, his ex-wife, Sheila Lopin Goode, and his children Andrea (Christopher) Barber, and Steven (Ann) Goode. Howard was a devoted grandfather to Jack Barber, Juliana, Ellis, and Sam Goode.

Born 12/22/41, Robert Oexeman passed away peacefully at his home on 12/11.

A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Bob was an attorney for over 43 years, first as partner in a Chicago law firm and later in private practice. He served as the Synod Attorney for the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 20 years. Bob was a Board member and President of the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a Board member and Treasurer of the Western Springs Business Association. He served on the Boards of Community Family Service and Community Care Options, Keep DuPage Beautiful, Pets & Pals Charities, and the Rotary Clubs of both Western Springs and LaGrange. A member of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Hinsdale since 1969, Bob was President of the congregation in the early 1980's and served as an Elder and as Chairman of the Elders for many years.

Emerson Edgar BlueAttorney Emerson Edgar Blue, 79, passed away December 3, 2016. A longtime Chicago resident, educator, certified public accountant, and attorney. Mr. Blue taught at Malcolm X College and Kent Law School. He is survived by three brothers, Ben, John, Giles and one sister, Opal V. Gill. Services have been held.

Warren Jackman
Warren Jackman
Warren Jackman was born on May 22, 1925 and passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Warren was a resident of Galena, Illinois at the time of his passing.

He graduated from Springfield High School in 1942 and began an engineering degree at Purdue University. He graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in 1946 with a B.S. In Nautical Science.

David J. SlawkowskiDavid J. Slawkowski, 66, of Fairhope, Ala. and formerly of Arlington Heights, Ill., passed away on December 1, 2016 in Mobile, Ala.

David was born in Chicago to Loretta (Guminski) and Edward Slawkowski on September 18, 1950. He graduated from Mendel Catholic High School in Chicago in 1968, and from the University of Notre Dame in 1972. He married his wife Penny (Al-Greene) in 1972, and they resided in Cambridge, Mass. while David completed law school at Harvard University, graduating in 1975. After law school, they moved to Arlington Heights, Ill. which remained their home until 2010, when they moved to Fairhope, Ala.

William Celestin Murphy
William Celestin Murphy
William Celestin Murphy (“Bill”), 95, passed away in Aurora, Illinois, on November 25, 2016.  He died just 10 days before his 96th birthday.  A respected and ground-breaking trial lawyer, during his 68-year career he represented people from all walks of life:  farmers, school teachers and school boards, factory workers and industrialists – even Illinois Supreme Court justices turned to him for counsel and guidance. 

Jack Ring ObituaryJack Samuel Ring died peacefully in Chicago on November 20, 2016, surrounded by family. He was the beloved husband of Hazel Gitlitz Ring and was predeceased in 2001 by his late wife, Susan Ring; loving father of Joshua (Melissa), Scott (Marina), step-father of Scott (Angela) and Jamie Gitlitz; cherished grandfather of Sydney, Jolie, Alex and Levi Ring, and Rachel and Jessica Gitlitz; loving brother of Miriam (late Walter), Norman (Bea) and the late Ida and Leonard; devoted son of the late Abe and the late Rose Ring.

John Dale Stobbs
John Dale Stobbs
John Dale Stobbs, 83, died at 9:40 a.m. in his home on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. 

He was born November 28, 1932 in Alton the son of the late John and Myrtle (Uphoff) Stobbs.

He married Mary (DeCicco) on November 28, 1959 in Washington, DC and she survives. Also surviving are seven children; Tracey Stobbs Riordan of Ballwin, Missouri, Monica Jude Stobbs of Charleston, South Carolina, Elizabeth Dunn Stobbs of Chicago, John Dale Stobbs II (Rosario) of Godfrey, Mary Jennifer Margarida of Edwardsville, Stephen Stobbs (Katie) of Godfrey and Kathryn Santellano (Don) of St. Charles, Missouri, Fifteen grandchildren, and one sister; Janice Brown of St. Louis, Missouri. He was preceded in death by one son in law; Gerard Riordan and one grandson; Stephen "Danny" Stobbs.

Louis James Perona
Louis James Perona
Louis James Perona, age 88, of Spring Valley, Illinois, passed away on November 17, 2016.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 AM, Monday, November 21, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church (St. Anthony building on Mautino Drive). Rev. Robert Spilman and Abbot Philip Davey will officiate. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Sunday, November 20, at the church, as well as one hour before funeral services Monday, at the church. The Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley, is assisting the family.

John J. Cassidy, Jr.John J. Cassidy, Jr., (Jack) of Naples, FL, Curraheen, Count Kerry, Ireland and formerly of Chicago, IL passed away peacefully on November 9, 2016. He was born December 7, 1925 to Margaret Fitzgerald Cassidy and John J. Cassidy. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Marilyn (nee Gariepy); loving father of John (Susie), Megan Walls and Mark (Pam). Loving Grandfather to Kaitlin Cassidy, Victoria and Christopher Walls, and Caroline, Claudia and Megan Cassidy. Brother of Mary Cassidy Burns (the late John), the late Margaret Cassidy Burns (the late Bart) and Barbara Cassidy DeSmet (Harry). Beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews.