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  • Services set for 29-year-old Des Plaines alderman who died of stroke Aug 26, 2014 6:13 PM
    Funeral services have been set for 29-year-old Des Plaines Alderman Joanna Sojka, who died Aug. 18 of an apparent stroke. A visitation is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at St. Hubert Parish, 729 Grand Canyon St. in Hoffman Estates. It is followed by a Mass at 6 p.m. A public moment of silence will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the beginning of the city council meeting. The Sojka family has been invited to attend.

  • “Church lady” earned clients’, colleagues’ respect Aug 26, 2014 4:20 PM
    Around the advertising department of the Daily Herald, colleagues referred to Chris Harper as the “church lady,” since she was the go-to person for churches and religious institutions wishing to place ads in the Easter and Christmas worship sections. “Chris really earned the respect of her clients,” said Scott Ray, director of Niche Publications. Harper passed away Aug. 20 after a long illness. She was 61.

  • Des Plaines alderman dies of stroke at 29 Aug 26, 2014 2:06 PM
    Colleagues are remembering Des Plaines Alderman Joanna Sojka as a rising, young leader committed to problem solving and helping others. The 29-year-old freshman alderman, elected in April 2013 for the city's 7th Ward, died late Monday from an apparent stroke. “She was a beautiful, young, single woman. She could have chosen to live anywhere in the world, but she chose Des Plaines,” Alderman Denise Rodd said.

  • Notable deaths last week Aug 16, 2014 7:01 PM
    This week’s notable deaths include the Oscar-winning actor best known for his rapid-fire impressions and improvisational humor and the sultry-voiced actress who was an old-style Hollywood movie star and won Tony Awards for her work on Broadway.

  • Late journalist remembered: Aug 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    A memorial for a journalist and author with roots in Lake County was held Thursday at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville.

  • ‘Dogtown’ skateboarder Jay Adams dies at 53 Aug 15, 2014 8:37 PM
    Jay Adams, the colorful rebel who helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world’s most spectacular sports with hair-raising stunts and an outsized personality to match, has died at age 53.

  • Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63 Aug 12, 2014 7:11 AM
    He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams, 63, to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression. But word that he had killed himself Monday at his San Francisco Bay Area home left both friends and family equally stunned and grief-stricken.

  • Notable deaths last week Aug 9, 2014 6:08 PM
    This week’s notable deaths included Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, who was gravely wounded during an assassination attempt on the president and went on to devote his life to advocate for stricter gun controls; and a surgeon general in President Richard Nixon’s administration, who said he lost his job because he took on the tobacco industry.

  • Services Friday for Long Grove man who died base jumping Aug 7, 2014 10:14 AM
    Services have been set for Friday in Mundelein for Adam Rubin, a 23-year-old Long Grove native who died last week in a base jumping accident in Twin Falls, Idaho. “He loved his family and treated everyone as if he was their best friend,” his obituary reads. “He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.”

  • Ed Sprinkle, football’s ‘meanest man,’ dies at 90 Aug 5, 2014 5:18 PM
    Ed Sprinkle, a star defensive end for the Chicago Bears in the 1940s and ‘50s who was called the “meanest man” in football, has died. He was 90. He was nicknamed “The Claw” for using his forearm to deliver blows to opponents.

  • Long Grove man dies base jumping in Idaho Aug 4, 2014 11:17 PM
    The first time Adam Rubin went sky diving, he was hooked. That love grew to include other extreme sports, such as base jumping. Rubin, 23, of Long Grove, died Friday after his parachute failed to open properly during a base jump in Idaho.

  • Notable deaths last week Aug 2, 2014 6:21 PM
    Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village who owned Cafe Wha?; Dick Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith; and Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning “Godfather of Makeup” are among the notable deaths this past week.

  • Memorial service set for mom who saved boy Jul 26, 2014 7:31 AM
    A memorial service for Karen Wessel, the Arlington Heights mom who died after heroically saving a 9-year-old boy from drowning in a Wisconsin lake , will be held Saturday, Aug. 2. The service will begin at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Wayside, 434 W. Park St. in Arlington Heights.

  • Arlington Heights mom dies saving boy in Wisconsin lake Jul 25, 2014 5:03 AM
    An Arlington Heights single mother of two died Tuesday after saving the life of a 9-year-old boy in a northern Wisconsin lake. Karen Wessel, 47, was vacationing with her son, her sister, a friend and two other children in Star Lake, Wisconsin, this week. The three children were swimming from a sandbar back to the shore of Star Lake when they started to struggle. “It’s a horrible tragedy. She is a hero,” said Karen Wessel's sister.

  • Friends mourn loss of advocate for suburban homeless Jul 24, 2014 3:08 PM
    The suburbs have lost a major advocate for homeless residents with the death of Mary Cadigan, one of the original board members of Journeys The Road Home, in Palatine. “Many of our core values today are in large part due to Mary Cadigan and the team that was part of the original board.,” Beth Nabors, executive director of Journeys, said.

  • Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies Jul 20, 2014 3:29 PM
    Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.News: James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point. This portrait of fleeting disquiet could be understood, and identified with, by every member of the audience. Never mind Garner was tall, brawny and, well, movie-star handsome.

  • Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89 Jul 17, 2014 4:23 PM
    Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89. Although Stritch appeared in movies and on television, garnering three Emmys and finding new fans as Alec Baldwin's unforgiving mother on “30 Rock,” she was best known for her stage work, particularly in her candid one-woman memoir, “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty,” and in the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.”

  • Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies at 65 Jul 12, 2014 10:34 AM
    Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday. Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, confirmed that Ramone died on Friday, July 11. Ramone was 65.

  • Jazz bass innovator Charlie Haden dies at 76 Jul 12, 2014 10:34 AM
    Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped change the shape of jazz more than a half-century ago as a member of Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking quartet and liberated the bass from its traditional rhythm section role, died Friday, July 11. He was 76.

  • Former pro pitcher Gloria 'Tippy' Schweigerdt dies Jul 11, 2014 6:01 PM
    Not many young men learn how to throw a curveball from their moms. But that's exactly what Gloria “Tippy” Schweigerdt did with her son, Gordon. Schweigerdt had some experience on the mound — she pitched in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the early 1950s. And when it came time for father-son Little League games, Gloria Schweigerdt took the field with Gordon, too. Schweigerdt, 80, of Fox Lake, died Thursday after an illness.

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