Funeral homes often submit obituaries as a service to the families they are assisting. However, we will be happy to accept obituaries from family members pending proper verification of the death.

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Dr. André LaCocque, Emeritus Professor of Hebrew Bible at Chicago Theological Seminary died on Jan. 28, 2022. He was 94. A revered teacher and a groundbreaking biblical scholar, he reconceived faithful study of a shared scripture, undergirded by interfaith dialogue and deep understanding bet…

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Kwesi Preston Lee Hopkins, 72, a lifelong resident of Chicago, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Kwesi was the third child born April 6, 1949 to the union of Lester B. Hopkins Sr. and Alice M. Hopkins (nee Rogers). Kwesi’s marriage to Rosetta Hopkins (nee Ledbetter) brought forth thre…

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Walter “Wally” Jonas, son of William Wolf Jonas and Mina (Frank), passed away October 5, 2021. Wally was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side.

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Helen K. Bailey died on Dec. 7 at the age of 96. Helen K. Niemeier was born in Centralia, Illinois, in 1925 and graduated from Centralia High School in 1943. Helen excelled in singing, spelling, typing and bookkeeping, all skills she applied later in life. Helen married George E. Yoos in 194…

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Longtime Hyde Park resident and retired University of Chicago faculty member Dr. Bernard M. Bergmann III passed away on the morning of Friday, Nov. 5, after a long struggle with early-onset Parkinson’s disease.

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Edgar Martin Krentz, beloved professor, pastor, and poet, died in Chicago on Oct. 31, 2021, at the age of 93. Author of the influential “The Historical-Critical Method” as well as numerous articles about biblical interpretation, Ed experienced the split in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod …

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Rosemary Snow, 91, died peacefully Oct. 31, with family at her side. She was born September 2, 1930, at the Mescalero Apache Reservation, in New Mexico, daughter of Rosalie and John Mixon, who were pioneering social workers. A life-long Hyde Parker, she was educated at Ray School, Francis Pa…

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The community of Hyde Park mourns the tragic loss of Takintayo “Tayo” Akinbiyi, a recent PhD graduate in statistics from the University of Chicago and a gifted improvisational actor who frequently performed at the historic Revival theater. Tayo was not only a talented young researcher, but a…

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James “Jim” Samuel Stricklin was born on March 27, 1933 in Pontiac, Illinois to Phillip and Harriet (Barnes) Stricklin. The family moved to Bronzeville on the South Side of Chicago when Jim was young, where he attended and graduated from DuSable High School.

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Melvin Orlando Ajtun Calderon, who worked with his parents at Hyde Park’s Dunkin’ Donuts on 53rd Street, was discovered early in the morning Thursday, July 1, in the 5400 block of South Artesian Avenue. According to the Sun-Times, he was fatally shot. Calderon was 29.

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Shirley Reddix Vanderpool, 83, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio, after a prolonged illness.

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World-renowned sculptor and longtime Hyde Parker Amir I. M. Nour, aged 84, died unexpectedly in his home. Nour’s work as an artist, teacher, and scholar has been recognized internationally and is recorded in books, journals and magazines. His sculptures have been exhibited throughout the Uni…

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Please join us for a gathering to celebrate the life of Wendy Gerick. We will gather together on Saturday, June 5, at noon at Harold Washington Park — 53rd Street and Hyde Park Boulevard, at the southeast corner by the tennis courts. Please bring your fondest memories of Wendy to share with …

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Nathan Marion Lofton, 91, formerly of Chicago’s Uptown and Hyde Park neighborhoods and principal at Joan F. Arai Middle School, as well as a musician, guitar teacher and U.S. Army Korean War veteran, passed away peacefully April 24, 2021.

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Reine-Marie Flora Rachel Mikesell died on April 3 at the age of 93, at Montgomery Place in Hyde Park. She was born in Tourcoing, outside Lille, France, completing her classical education there with language study in England and Spain. During an extended visit to Morocco in 1956 she attended …

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On Friday, February 26, 2021, beloved husband and father Jesse Bradford Jr passed away peacefully at the age of 85, surrounded by close family. Born on April 15, 1935 in Tippo, MS, to proud parents Jesse Sr. and Rosie Bradford, Jesse grew up in a loving home amongst his brothers Levell and C…

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Carol Dunham Strauss was born and grew up in Waterloo, Iowa. An early memory was of being quarantined with diphtheria, with her father climbing a ladder to peer in on her and her sister. She picked out the cello as an instrument and enjoyed playing as an amateur much of her adult life in cha…

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Beloved husband, dedicated father and grandfather, Roger Raymond Fross died February 16, 2021, at the age of 80. Born in Rockford, IL, he attended DePauw University and the University of Chicago Law School. Roger spent over fifty years making Chicago, Hyde Park and his Deerwood community bet…