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Obituaries

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

In the latest ISBA Bench and Bar Section newsletter, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald shared the following remembrance of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Fred G. Suria, who died last July (read his obituary in the Daily Herald).

"Judge Suria was a gentleman’s scholar and a good and valued friend. Of his 44 years on the bench, almost all of them were spent in Criminal Court at the 26th and California courthouse. Fred loved 26th street, both the place and the people. He loved his fellow judges, the lawyers, the court employees, the jurors and even the defendants who were treated just as respectfully as the others.

"He was called 'Fair Fred,' a name he had earned by the way he did business and performed his duties. He treated everyone with dignity. As one former juror who experienced his courtroom wrote after his death: Judge Suria imparted a sense of faith in the judicial system, and was the ideal ambassador for the criminal court system in Chicago.

"Judge Suria was born in Philadelphia to an Irish mother. His father was an eastern-European immigrant who came to America as a cabin boy. The family moved to Chicago when Fred was eight. He graduated from Morgan Park High School, served in the Marine Corps and, after World War II, used the GI bill to earn degrees from the University of Illinois and Loyola University School of Law.

Carl H. Stowe, of Greenville, passed away on Sept. 15 at the age of 89. Mr. Stowe served as the Bond County State's Attorney from 1956-1960, conducted a simultaneous private practice and thereafter taught in business and public schools. In 1981, he engaged in private practice with his son, Charl K. Stowe. He was an honorary member of the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2003 celebrated his 50th year as an attorney. Mr. Stowe served in England and France with the Army-Air Force during World War II and was an active supporter of veterans groups.
Edward J. Enichen, 79, of Rockford died Sunday, Sept. 20, after a brief illness. Enichen was born Oct. 14, 1929 in Dixon, the son of Frederick and Louise (Mueller) Enichen. Enichen was an active attorney for nearly 55 years with the Rockford law firm of Guyer and Enichen, P.C. He was  a man who not only saw life as a cup full, but his cup was brimming over. His warm, joyful personality drew people to him like a magnet. He will always be remembered for his ready smile and easy laugh. He was a talented storyteller with a great sense of humor, who easily embellished a tale to make it funny. Besides his long legal career, Enichen gave service to many local community organizations. He was also connected to the land and loved spending time on his beloved farm in Durand and at his cabin on the pristine Brule River in Wisconsin. He loved hunting and fishing and the that camaraderie that came with it. There are many distinguished photos of Ed, but in the vast majority of his photographs, he is holding a fish. Survivors include his children, Peter Enichen of Boulder, Colo.; Jamie (Stephen) Malato and Julie Enichen, both of Chicago; the mother of his children, Alice Enichen; grandchildren, Grace and Samuel Malato and Ellie Enichen; special friend, Beverly O'Keefe; sister, Charlene Vaughn; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Natural Land Institute, 320 S. Third, Rockford, IL, 61104; Rockford Park District Foundation, 401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL, 61101 or the Rockford Symphony Orchestra Foundation, 711 N. Main, Rockford, IL, 61103. Visit the obituary on the Rockford Register Star
Longtime ISBA member and former Illinois state treasurer James Donnewald passed away on Sept. 18 in St. Louis.
Mr. Donnewald attended St. Louis University and graduated from the old Lincoln College of Law in Springfield, Ill. He won his first elective office in 1948 as Carlyle Township supervisor. In 1960, he was elected to the first of two terms in the Illinois House. He was elected to the state Senate in 1964 and served for many years. He served as assistant Democratic leader and chairman of the Reapportionment Commission. In 1982, Adlai Stevenson III ran for governor and asked Mr. Donnewald to run for state treasurer. The top of the ticket lost, but Mr. Donnewald won. After serving one term, he was defeated in his re-election bid.
Click here to read the full obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Longtime ISBA member Jack Giannini of Belleville passed away on Sept. 7.
An attorney at law having practiced in Belleville at 23 S. First Street, he initially associated with William D. Stiehl, Sr., a prominent local attorney who subsequently was elevated to the position of Federal District Court assigned to court in East St. Louis. For many years, Giannini was a single practitioner, and in 1992, he joined the law firm of a long time friend, William Enyart, on South Second Street in Belleville who subsequently became the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois.
Read the full Belleville News-Democrat story here.
Longtime ISBA member Alvin Rosenbloom passed away on Sept. 1 after practicing law for over 50 years.
Alvin Rosenbloom was about loyalty and commitment -- to law, which he practiced for about 50 years, to his wife of nearly 60 years and to the men whose ships he rescued as a Navy captain in the Pacific during World War II. His courage earned him a Navy Cross and a Bronze Star, his son Barry said.
Read the full Chicago Tribune story.
William Owen Mays, Sr. died on August 6, 2009.  He was 88 years old and a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Law. He began his practice in Quincy in 1950 and practiced continuously since that time. At the time of his death, he was a partner in the law firm of Mays, Walden and Anastas.  He is survived by his son, William O. Mays, Jr., a Circuit Judge in Adams County. Read the full Quincy Herald Whig story here.
Judge Alfred Gene Burton Jr., 56, died Sunday, Aug. 2 following complications related to multiple myeloma.
Judge Burton was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 as an administrative law judge for the federal Social Security Administration in Chicago. He remained in the job until his death and distinguished himself with relentless devotion to fair, impartial judgments and a scholarly approach to the law, said Judge Paul Lillios, regional chief administrative law judge for the Chicago region of the Social Security Administration. "He felt compassion for those who came before him, but at the same time always acted with the highest professionalism and did the right thing," Lillios said.
Click here to read the full Tribune story.
Longtime Cook County Criminal Courts judge Fred Suria Jr. passed away on July 11. Mr. Suria, known to many as "Fair Fred," spent 44 years on the bench - most of those at the 26th and California courthouse. He was also the judge in the trial of U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, who was imprisoned for having sex with a minor. Click here to read the full Sun-Times story Click here to read the Daily Herald story
Darryl Pratscher, Clerk of the Fourth District Illinois Appellate Court, passed away following a short illness on July 24. Mr. Pratscher, 57, had served in the Fourth District since 1979 and as the Clerk of the Court since 1981. Services for Mr. Pratscher will be private.