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

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.
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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.
Arbitration and mediation expert John W. "Jack" Cooley, a former U.S. magistrate judge, passed away from multiple myeloma on July 21 at his home in Evanston. Mr. Cooley worked for two large private arbitration and mediation firms.
He taught conflict resolution at Northwestern University's law school for the last 12 years and wrote several books, including "The Mediator's Handbook" and "The Arbitrator's Handbook." He later came to believe his cancer was caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the war, and the government accepted his claim earlier this year, his daughter said. Raised in St. Louis, where his father was a barber, Mr. Cooley went to a private military academy before joining the Class of 1965 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He reached the rank of captain, but a tour of duty in Vietnam led him to law school.
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Evette Zells, 71, passed away earlier this month. Ms. Zells graduated from Roosevelt University and earned a master's degree from Duke University. She received her law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law. Ms. Zells was a former educator, Illinois court child advocate and hearing officer for Cook County Juvenile Court. Click here to read the full Sun-Times story. Click here to read the Tribune story.
Well-known Southern Illinois criminal defense attorney Chris Heid passed away earlier this month at his home in Enfield. Chris graduated from Springfield High School, Western Illinois University and Southern Illinois University School of Law. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army JAG. Click here to read the full story.