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Obituaries

Joseph A. "Joe" Morrissey 1929-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Joseph A. "Joe" Morrissey, died Monday, April 2, 2018. He was born August 16, 1929, to William R. and Aileen (Brady) Morrissey

Joe grew up a resilient and entrepreneurial young man during the Great Depression. Although the family had little, they were rich in faith and love. 

Joe attended St. Anne Elementary, graduating from Amboy High School in 1947, and St. Ambrose University in 1951. Following college, Joe served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. After service, Joe studied law at the University of Illinois, obtaining his Juris Doctorate in 1958. Upon graduation, Joe worked in the State Farm claims department until 1964, after which Joe began a private law practice in Rockford, concentrating in personal injury claims for over 50 years.

Kenneth "Gary" Kombrink 1945-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Kenneth "Gary" Kombrink, 72, died Sunday, March 25, 2018, at his home in Bloomington after being treated for lymphoma at the University of Chicago for the past 6 months.

He was born August 29, 1945 in Harrisburg, Pa. He attended high school in Belleville, Ill., and college at the University of Missouri, where he was quarterback of the football team from 1966 to 1967 and co-captain his senior year. After graduation in 1968, he served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant from 1968 to 1970.

Ralph D. Glenn 1929-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Ralph D. Glenn

Ralph D. Glenn, 88, of Mattoon, died Friday, April 6, 2018, at the Harmony Center in Mattoon.

He was born in Lexington, Ill., on October 15, 1929 to Robert and Thelma (Derry) Glenn. He lived and attended school in Lexington through the 8th grade, when the family moved to Yorkville, Ill. Ralph graduated from Yorkville High School in 1947. He attended college and played football and baseball at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1947 to 1949, before transferring to the University of Illinois, where he earned undergraduate and law degrees. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1953. 

After finishing law school, Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served with distinction from 1953 to 1955. 

Edward Samuel Harris 1930-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Edward Samuel Harris

Edward Samuel Harris, 88, of Chicago, died Friday, March 30, 2018. 
 
The son of Rochelle (neé Shapiro) and Leo Harris, Edward began working at Leo's Dancewear, the legacy company founded by his father, after school at age 10. He attended the University of Chicago at age 16. Edward was the first in his family to go to college, where his love of learning lead him to law school and an MBA at DePaul University in Chicago. He served eight years in the U.S. National Guard. He retired from Leo's, as the Chief Financial Officer, at age 78. 

As a lawyer, Edward was committed to fairness in labor relations, contract agreements, and immigrant rights. He lead Leo's Dancewear in weathering the storms of both the Reagan and Bush-era recessions, all the while fighting the rising tide of outsourcing and job cuts. 

Thomas V. Hoehne 1945-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Thomas V. Hoehne

Thomas V. Hoehne, 72, died Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Denver, Colo.

He was born July 23, 1945 on a U.S. naval base in Seattle, Wash., a son of Nicholas and Geraldine (Hodgin) Hoehne. He married Pamela Shuck in 1971, and they remained good friends through the years and were loving parents to their five children.

Thomas graduated from Spalding Institute, Creighton University, Northern Illinois University and John Marshall Law School. He was an attorney in Peoria, Ill., for 45 years until his retirement in 2017. 

William R. Penn 1928-2018

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson
William Penn

Judge William R. "Bill" Penn died peacefully on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Born in Chicago to Frederick William (Bill) Penn (1971) and A. Marie (Moore) Penn (1976).

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert John Penn (2010); first ex-wife, Marilyn Penn (2002); stepson, Paul Sinchak (2007); and an infant twin brother of daughter, Laura at birth.

He is survived by his daughters, Laura J. Penn and Lee Ann Penn; and nephews, Matthew Penn and Jeffrey Penn.

Bill attended New Lenox Grade School, Joliet Township High School graduating with the Class of 1946, the University of Illinois, and John Marshall Law School. He passed the Illinois Bar Exam and began to practice law in Illinois in 1951. In December of 1951 he was drafted into the USMC during the Korean War and he was honorably discharged in December of 1953.

Hon. Robert E. Ginsberg 1945-2018

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Judge Robert E. Ginsberg, age 73, died March 17, 2018. Judge Ginsberg was a retired United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, where he served for 18 years. Previously, he was a professor at DePaul University Washington College of Law. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gail Ginsberg, his loving daughters, Deborah and Dana Ginsberg, grandchildren, David Ginsberg and Aurora Buntain, sister, Marion Levine, brothers-in-law, Bruce Cohen and Irwin Muskat, and many nieces and nephews, cousins, close friends and former colleagues.

Jason Pohren 1978-2018

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Jason Pohren

Jason was born on September 28, 1978 and passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018. Jason was a resident of Hamilton, Illinois at the time of passing.

John Cummins 1966-2018

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Jack Cummins

John J. "Jack" Cummins, age 51, of Chicago, formerly of Geneva, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 at his home. He was born July 6th, 1966, in Geneva, Illinois, the son of John and Diane (McMaster) Cummins.

He is survived by his mother Diane (Mike) Cummins-Zak of Batavia; brother Greg (Kim) Cummins of McKinney, Texas; and sister Jenny (Tony) White of Geneva; five nieces and nephews Sean, Lindsey, Christopher, Gracie, and Claire; and many other dear relatives and friends. He was a loving Godfather to Leigh, Sean, and Claire.

He was preceded in death by his father John J. Cummins, Sr., and paternal and maternal grandparents Tom Cummins, Marie Cummins, Charles McMaster, and Geraldine McMaster.

Michael Roche 1941-2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Brian Roche
Brian Roche

Michael "Mike" Brian Roche, died suddenly on February 25, six weeks after the death of his beloved wife of 47 years, Mary Kathleen "Kathy" Roche. Loving father of Michael (Megan) Roche, Kevin (Laura) Roche, and Maura "Molly" (Dawn Walsh) Roche. Much loved grandfather of Jack, Margaret, Dennis, Claire, and Colin Roche. Dear brother of Kathleen "Lolly" Petrillo.

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