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Hon. Leonard J. WojteckiThe Honorable Leonard J. Wojtecki, 69, grew up in Cary, IL., passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016 surrounded by his family at home. He was born July 6, 1947 in Chicago, IL. the son of Leonard and June (Larsen) Wojtecki. He was united in marriage to Frances Robertson on August 23, 1969 in Cary, IL.

Judge Wojtecki graduated from Marquette University in 1969 and went on to earn his law degree from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL in 1976. Right out of law school, he joined the Cook County State's Attorney's office as a prosecutor. He then moved to private practice as a trial attorney in Aurora, IL. He also served as an assistant public defender in Kendall County before his appointment as an associate judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit in August 2000 retiring from the bench in July 2015.

Oscar Ovid D'Angelo
Oscar Ovid D'Angelo
Oscar Ovid D'Angelo, 84, a lifelong advocate for his beloved Little Italy neighborhood, died peacefully Sunday, August 7, 2016 at home and in the loving care of his wife Paula following his long battle with prostate cancer. Mr. D'Angelo was an accomplished attorney, an advisor to major institutions from Hilton Hotels Corp. to Rush University Medical Center, a confidante of Chicago mayors and counselor to city agencies. But it was his tireless leadership of civic and neighborhood improvement efforts that won him a special place in the hearts of many on Chicago's Near West Side.

Born in 1931 to Italian immigrants -- late Luigi and Linda (nee DeLuca) D'Angelo - he was preceded in death by infant brother Ovidio, and in 1991 by his beloved brother, Dino J. D'Angelo, a highly successful lawyer and real estate developer. Survivors include his wife Paula (nee Grespan), loving nephew Louis D'Angelo, loving nieces Linda Logan, Denise Nora, Lisa D'Angelo, many loving grand nieces and nephews, numerous loving cousins, and his loving sisters-in-law Georgette (Becky) D'Angelo and Rebecca Grespan.

Richard James Puchalski, age 70, passed away amidst his family while on vacation on August 4, 2016 in Anchorage, Alaska. Richard "Dick" was born in Mojave Desert, California in 1946 and was the eldest of five children of his beloved parents, Bernard and Estelle Puchalski.

For the past forty years Dick worked as a prominent pension, labor, employment and immigration attorney. He was a founding partner of several successful law practices with the most recent being Puchalski Goodloe Marzullo, LLP. Dick enjoyed cooking, gardening, playing the piano, the Premier League Tottenham Hotspur team, and Ron Rico rum (double tall, splash of Diet Coke, and one ice cube). He worked hard all his life to provide and care for his family. His strong work ethic and commitment to his wife, Cheri, of 41 years and family lives on in his children, family and friends.

Robert W. Ohlsen
Robert W. Ohlsen
Robert W. Ohlsen, 85, of Decatur, passed away on July 27, 2016, in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Bob was born on June 18, 1931, in Downers Grove, IL, son of Angeline and Raymond Ohlsen. He married Barbara Reace in Chicago in 1958. He graduated from Peoria Central High School; Bradley University; University of Illinois School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Forum and the Order of the Coif; and Millikin University. Bob practiced law 54 years, until retirement in 2011.

Surviving are his wife Barbara, son Daniel (Stephanie), of Longmont, CO, daughter Karen Horton (William), of Carmel, IN, grandchildren Braden Ohlsen of Salt Lake City, Connor Ohlsen of Boulder, CO, Claire Horton of Indianapolis, IN, and Wesley Horton of Portland, OR; sisters Charlotte Ragan and Barbara Poindexter, brother-in-law William Rae, and many loved nieces and nephews.

Kent HamptonKent Bronson Hampton, former vice president and general counsel of Marathon Oil Co. passed away early Saturday, July 23, 2016. Born in Mattoon, Il in 1920, he grew up in Evanston. He graduated from ETHS in 1938, and from Grinnell College (Iowa) in 1942. He graduated from the Navy's OCS at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in 1943 and served in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres in WWII as a navigator aboard an amphibious craft and a destroyer escort. He earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1949. He joined the Ohio Oil Company (now Marathon Oil Co.) in 1951. His most notable accomplishment was to lead the legal team that thwarted Mobil Oil Co.'s attempted takeover of Marathon in 1981-82. Mr. Hampton first engaged in law practice in Charleston, IL in 1949. He was a member of the Illinois Bar Association for sixty years.

Louis B. Garippo
Louis B. Garippo
Louis B. Garippo oversaw high-profile murder cases as a prosecutor and as a judge in Cook County before going into private practice.

"He was one of the few judges at (the) 26th Street (criminal courthouse) that Chief Judge Richard Fitzgerald would trust with the big cases because he knew he would decide it correctly," said William J. Kunkle, who led the prosecution of serial killer John Wayne Gacy in 1980. "He was a great judge who was very fair, but he knew the law and wanted to give everybody time to say their piece."

Garippo, 84, died of complications from congestive heart failure May 31 in the care center at the Vi at The Glen retirement home in Glenview, said his daughter, Ellen. He had been a resident of Glenview for more than 45 years.

William H. “Bill” Farley Jr.
William H. “Bill” Farley Jr.
Even in the kaleidoscopic fashion era of 1970, William H. “Bill” Farley Jr. was easy to spot on the campus of Yale University.

In his poncho, shades and black cowboy hat, he carried himself with a resplendent, elegant swagger that conjured one of his favorite movie stars, Clint Eastwood.

He also was part of what might be “the most noble moment in the history of Mother Yale,” according to scholar Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr., an old Yale classmate, who says, “Bill was one of my closest friends and one of my heroes.”

President Barack Obama is shown in 2014 as he presented Abner Mikva with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
President Barack Obama is shown in 2014 as he presented Abner Mikva with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Abner Mikva brought his sharp legal advice and principled worldview to all three branches of government — he was a congressman, federal judge and presidential adviser. He stood up to Richard J. Daley, for years, and managed to survive hizzoner’s efforts to destroy him.

And if that weren’t enough, if giving legal advice to Bill Clinton and encouraging Barack Obama to try for the White House weren’t enough, Mr. Mikva, who died of cancer at age 90 on Monday, was also the young man who tried to volunteer to help the Democrats in 1948 and was told by a ward heeler: “We don’t want nobody nobody sent,” coining the immortal distillation of political cronyism.

“That’s Chicago for you,” said Obama, remembering the phrase when he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mr. Mikva in 2014. The president called Mr. Mikva “one of the greatest jurists of his time,” someone who “helped shape the national debate on some of the most challenging issues of the day.”

Howard Robert Barron, 86. Beloved husband of Marjorie, née Shapira, for 62 years; devoted father of Ellen (Joel) Feldman and Laurie (Michael Yelnosky) Barron; cherished grandfather of Ilana Beth (fiancé Jeffrey Gross) Feldman, Rebecca Leah Feldman, Samuel Martin Yelnosky and Hannah Ada Yelnosky; dear brother of Barbara (Bernard) Baum; caring son of the late Ada and Irwin Barron; treasured uncle of Mark (Jacque) Leopold, Robert (Wanda) Leopold, Kathy (Stephen) Rosenblat, and Richard (Wendy) Baum.

Karl J. Canavesi Sr.
Karl J. Canavesi Sr.
Karl Joseph Canavesi Sr., 84, of Rockford passed away Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Karl was born Tuesday, November 27th, 1931, in Rockford to Peter Canavesi and Mary (Logli) Drugger. As a young boy, Karl enjoyed working as a butcher in his grandfather Joe Logli's store. He graduated from West High School in 1950. Karl served in the United States Air Force for four years. He graduated from Rockford College in 1959. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Karl attended law school at the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 1962. He joined the Wisconsin Bar Association August 17th, 1962, and the Illinois State Bar Association April 9th, 1965. Karl continued to practice law as the Assistant City Attorney for Rockford. He formed his own law firm, retiring in 2002.