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  1. Frances L. “Fritzie” Pagliai

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    Frances L. “Fritzie” Pagliai (nee Gillette), age 87, at rest March 28, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Robert; loving mother of the late Georgianna “Gigi”; devoted sister of Helen (the late Victor) Amidei, Walter Gillette, Richard Gillette, Delores (the late Robert) Catania and the late Catherine (the late John) Raimondi and the late James Gillette; dearest daughter of the late Walter A. and Helen Gillette; dear aunt of many nieces and nephews; loyal friend to many. Funeral Mass Tuesday April 2, 2019 at 10 A.M. at Holy Trinity Church, 25 E. Richmond St., Westmont. Visitation at the Church from 9 A.M. till time of Mass. Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society 1801 S. Meyers Rd. Ste 100 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 or Holy Trinity Community Center Campaign 25 E. Richmond Westmont IL 60559

  2. Peter “Pete” Ryan

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    Peter Paul “Pete” Ryan, born December 6, 1942, departed this life on March 15, 2019 in Naperville, IL. at the age of 76. Peter was the son of Chester and Alice (nee Helma) Tobinski of Naperville, IL, the twin brother of Bonita “Bonnie” Ryan of Chicago, IL. and the the loving nephew of Pearl “Peggy” (nee Tobinski) Bartkowski of Lisle, IL, all preceding him in death. Surviving Peter are his beloved son MSG. Daniel (Sheena) Etherton of Senatobia, MS.; grandson Ryan (Alyssa) Etherton of Tomball, Tx.; granddaughter Courtney (Adam) Swonke of Montgomery, TX. and great-granddaughter Aubree Etherton of Tomball, TX. Peter is also survived by Carelin “CJ” Ryan and was the proud uncle of Beth and Charlie Janicek and also beloved longtime friends Marilyn and Sue.

    Peter attended Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Elementary School in Naperville and continued on to St Procopius in Lisle for a year, and then transferred to Naperville Community High School, where he graduated in 1962. “Hutch” had been a cafeteria monitor at the school, and he spent many summers at the Naperville Centennial Beach.    He could often be found cruising, and drag racing, the area in his white ’64 GTO or in his Ram Charger. He was also proficient at canoeing and white water paddling on trips to the Ozarks and to Eagle River, WI.

    Peter continually resided and worked in the Naperville, Aurora, Lisle, Lombard areas. He was a self-taught, self-made man and began to establish himself in the late 1960’s, when he began his first Lawn Mowing service.  His motivation led to the development of Ryan’s Lawn Care.  As he expanded his business, he hired on crews and acquired a fleet of mustard yellow trucks.  Early mornings, Peter and his men would often be found at Denny’s fueling up on breakfast and coffee before beginning their days. He always believed in tipping their waitresses well, as he empathized with how hard they worked.  While the Fox Valley Mall sprang up from the farm fields of Aurora in 1973, Peter, his crew, and his mustard yellow trucks would be seen laying out and planting the grounds of the rising Center. Over time Peter branched out, adding to his catalog of services, including snow plowing and removal, pond care and maintenance, fountains and water features, along with irrigation systems and services. During the winter months, along with the addition of the installation of Seasonal Holiday lighting and decorations, Peter was also known throughout the Naperville and Lisle area as Santa Claus, where he visited many households and company parties. He loved that role and happily anticipated it, gladly carrying it on for many years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 After he “retired”, Peter continued to work for many area businesses including; Award Winning Landscapes, Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home; Chapel Hill West Cemetery; City of Naperville Building and Grounds Dept.; Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home; Green Grass Chopper; Expo Design Center; Home Depot in Bolingbrook; Naper Lawn Works; Naperville Polo Club; Phillip’s Flowers; Ruffled Feather’s Golf Course; Schmechtig Landscape Co; Stan’s Landscaping; Twin Oaks Landscaping and Wingren Landscaping. Most recently, Peter could be found delivering pizza for Cassanos’ Pizza in Naperville, as a bus driver and then as a monitor for special needs students Durham School Services/Septran Naperville, and as a staff member in Lombard for Chicagoland Pool Mgmt.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Peter had overcome a few childhood difficulties that helped shape the man he became. He learned at an early age to persevere, which led to his indomitable spirit. Peter will always be remembered as a tireless worker, his love of people and his compassion. He could not only feel peoples’ happiness, but he could also feel their sorrow. He was forever helping those in need, all he could and in many different ways. He had a love of the land he grew up around, the architecture of the old buildings, and a fascination with the never ending evolution of his expanding and changing community. He loved the outdoors, sunshine or lightning storms. He loved travel and adventure and  knew and remembered people everywhere he went, yet was at peace feeding the birds, watching a sunrise or a sunset. He was a gentle soul, yet one of great humor and wit. Peter will be truly missed by many

    Memorial Services will be held  Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N.  Cass Ave, Westmont, IL. Graveside services and interment will follow at the East Columbarium at Naperville Cemetery 705 S Washington, Naperville, IL. Info 630-852-8000 or,

  3. Richard H. Lavin Sr.

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    Richard H. Lavin Sr., at rest March 17, 2019, devout husband and father of eight children, passed away with his family by his side. Rick grew up in the Chicago suburbs and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. Following his service, he started his successful career in the automotive business. He had a passion for sports, the outdoors, Door County, sunsets and road trips with his family. Rick was the loving husband of 30 years to Donna. He is survived by his wife; his children, Jennifer, Amy (Webb), Katie Rose, Ricky Jr., Chelsea, Haley, Hanna and Joey. Cherished brother to Sue, Kathy, Howie, John and Nancy. Loving grandfather to Maxon, Brynn, Brady and Hayden. Fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Harry (Nan) and Alice.  Memorial Services Sunday March 31, 2019 at 4 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL. Visitation Sunday from 1-5 P.M. Info 630-852-8000 or


  4. Bruna M. Mugnaini

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    Bruna M. Mugnaini (nee Capello), age 88, at rest March 15, 2019 in Woodridge, IL. Born April 21, 1930 in Genoa, Italy to Carlo and Anna Capello. Beloved mother of Mark (Angela), JoAnne (the late Bobby) Lee, Andrew (Patricia), Elizabeth (Steven) Miller and the late Robert; devoted nonna of Robert E.J. (Teri), Stefani (Derrick) Harker, Anna (Doug) Reidy, Adam (Erin), Kristina (Marvin) Thomas, Fabio (Adrian), Dante, Cameron, Evan and the late David (Jennifer); dearest great nonna of Alexcia, Cailin, Nathan, Connor, Kaylee, Elise and Leah; dear sister of the late Gianna Pavesi. Funeral Monday March 18, 2019 at 9:15 A.M. from West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont to St. Scholastica Church 7800 Janes Ave., Woodridge for a 10 A.M. Funeral Mass. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 4-8 P.M. Info 630-852-8000 or

  5. Donata Dydo

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    Donata DeGenova Dydo (nee Monteleone), age 81, died peacefully on Friday, March 8, at Aspired Living in Westmont, IL.  She is survived by her children Albert DeGenova (Eden Novak DeGenova), Stella DeGenova (John Aguiña), and Nicholas DeGenova (Magdalena Rodriguez); her step-daughters Mickey Nottoli (Jeff Nottoli) and Jorie Dydo; grandchildren Anthony Coppoletta, Amanda Walsh (Adam Walsh), Cole DeGenova (Courtney Cintron),  Dana Coppoletta (Antonio D’Anna), Max DeGenova,  and Artemisia DeGenova-Rodriguez; and her great-grandson Ashton Walsh.  She is also survived by brothers Lorenzo and Frank Monteleone and sister Mary Dydo (John Dydo).  She is preceded in death by her second husband Walter Dydo (1941-2010), and also survived by her loving companion Ray Wakup.

    A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, March 22, at St. Camillus Church, 5426 S. Lockwood Ave, Chicago.  Luncheon to follow.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Donata’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,

  6. Louise E. Cebulski

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    Louise E. Cebulski (nee Ptack), age 74, of Woodridge, IL, at rest March 5, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Born February 10, 1945 in Chicago, IL to George and Ruth Ptack. Beloved wife of John; loving mother of John (Debbie) Cebulski, Carey (Thomas) Snyder and the late Shirley Cebulski; devoted grandmother of James Johnson, Nate Nall and Thomas, Abby and Jacob Snyder; dearest great-grandmother of Ben; dear sister of Shirley Steger; fond aunt of several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services Saturday March 9, 2019 at 4 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Visitation Saturday from 2 P.M. till time of services. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital ( or Alzheimers Association of Chicago ( Info 630-852-8000 or

  7. Margaret R. Krotiak

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    Margaret R. Krotiak (nee Adam), 90, of Downers Grove, IL, at rest March 1, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Leo J. Krotiak; loving mother of James Krotiak, LeeAnn (Ray) Coffelt, David Krotiak, and Michael (Elizabeth) Krotiak; Cherished grandmother of Sarah (Joseph) Majewski, Adam Coffelt, Jonathan Maloney, and Leo, Alexander, and Andrea Krotiak; loved great-grandmother of Layla Majewski; dear sister of the late Anna (late Paul) Mikula, Suzanna (late Roman) Zwick, and the late Victor (Joyce) Adam; dearest aunt to many nieces and nephews; beloved friend and neighbor to many. Burial services will be private for immediate family at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to West Suburban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Westmont, IL. Info 630-852-8000 or