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Obituaries

Thomas Francis O'Gara 1939-2018

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Thomas Francis O'Gara, 78, of Wilmette, Illinois, passed away January 3, 2018, with his wife and son by his side. A Chicago native and lifelong resident of the area, he was born December 22, 1939, to Viateur Francis and Mary Ellen (Collins) O'Gara. He graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep, Loyola University and Chicago-Kent College of Law, and was a practicing attorney for forty-five years.

Carl Lee 1927-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Carl W. Lee

Carl W. Lee, 90, of Belleville, Illinois, born Monday, November 14, 1927, in Streator, IL, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.

Hon. John J. Phillips 1947-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson
John Thomas Phillips

John Thomas Phillips, 70 years old, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 6, 2018. He was born July 2, 1947 in Chicago, IL. On April 23, 1988, John married Catherine Amann. John was a graduate of East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, IL before attending Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, graduating in 1969.

Hon. John P. Schmidt 1965-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson
John Phillip Schmidt

John Phillip Schmidt was born on January 8, 1965, in Springfield, the son of Phillip H. and Susan Conavay Schmidt. He married Robin Lee DuRocher on October 5, 2001 in Springfield. 

Dwight C. Adams 1943-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Dwight C. Adams

Dwight C. Adams passed away surrounded by family on December 13, 2017 after a battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Diane, father of four children: Elisa Adams, David Adams (Allison), Jennifer Kennedy (Christopher), and Amy Ellingson (Eric, and grandfather of ten: Max, Delaney, Dylann, Brandon, Zachary, Sean, Teagan, Noa, Emma, and Talia.

James J. McClure 1920-2018

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson

James J. McClure Jr., age 97, of Evanston, formerly of Oak Park, veteran U.S. Navy, WW II; beloved husband of the late Lynn, nee Phelps; loving father of John P. "Jack" McClure, Julie (Fred) Giegler and Donald S. (Ruth) McClure; cherished grandfather of Jamison (Cody) Cornett and Corey (Danae) McClure, Andrew (Katie) and Laura Giegler, and Christine and Margaret McClure; great-grandfather of Evan Giegler; dear brother of the late John Baker McClure.

John C. (Jack) Feirich 1933-2018

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Jack Feirich

John C. (Jack) Feirich, 85 years of age, of Spokane, Washington and formerly of Sandpoint, Idaho; Scottsdale, Arizona; Naples, Florida; and Carbondale, Illinois passed away Jan. 14 after a year-long battle with cancer.  He was born Jan. 2, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John K. and Mary M. Feirich. 

He is survived by his wife, C. Kay Feirich, two children, John Charles Feirich of Oceanside, California and Elizabeth Feirich Nebot of Sausalito, California, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren all of Vista, California, sister, Gretchen Lewellyn, Scottsdale, AZ, stepson, Jeffrey Brummer (Alisa) of Fairview, Oregon and two step-grandchildren.

John attended Northwestern University and the University of Illinois College of Law, and thereafter engaged in the private practice of law in Carbondale with his father and grandfather. He continued practicing law in Carbondale until he retired in 1988. He then moved to Naples, Florida, where he pursued his love of sailing in retirement and met and married his wife Kay. After many years, they moved to the Pacific Northwest; first to Idaho and then to Washington, where they became avid golfers. John also spent five years attempting to obtain authority from the State of Washington to rebuild David Thompson's Historic Trading Post. 

During his legal career, he gave freely of his time for the betterment of the legal profession and for the benefit of those members of the public who needed lawyers but could not afford them. He co-founded the Lawyer's Trust Fund of Illinois that has raised millions of dollars to provide legal services for those needy persons.

George W. Brannen

Posted on January 3, 2018 by Sara Anderson

George W. Brannen passed away December 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his two stepsons, Christopher Renner and Douglas Renner. He was a loving husband and caring stepfather. George was raised in Geneva, IL, where he attended Elgin Academy and went on to graduate from Dartmouth College and Duke University Law School. After graduating from Duke, George practiced law in the Chicago area and became a well-respected trial lawyer where he handled many complicated cases in Kane, DuPage, and Cook counties. George was a tireless working and transferred that ethic to his personal life. His energy and zest for life is one of inspiration that he shared with his family and friends. George loved traveling with the family, sports, reading and fun times with everyone, including strangers. George will always be remembered for his perseverance and will to live. He beat the odds with multiple health issues dating back to his battle with stage 4 cancer when he was 23. We feel so blessed that George had the strength and courage to fight through these ailments to share his life with us. He was truly a unique and remarkable person and will be missed, remembered and loved forever.

Norbert L. Gold 1924-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Norbert L. GoldNorbert L. Gold, age 93, of Winnetka died peacefully at Evanston Hospital surrounded by his loving family. A diabetic for 77 years, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. His doctors did not think he would live past the age of 30, but he mastered his health by watching his diet and taking his insulin as directed. His health was a challenge in his later years, but he was grateful to the Winnetka Paramedics for always saving his life. In 2004, Eli Lilly honored him with a special recognition for being a diabetic for over 70 years on insulin therapy. 

He graduated from Northwestern University, majoring in English & History, and then received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. He had a long and successful career as an attorney and a real estate appraiser. He worked as an attorney for the Illinois Highway Dept., purchasing farmland for the construction of Highway I-55. He then joined Litton Industries as an attorney and director where he purchased and sold over 100 properties in the Midwest area. While practicing law, he established his own real estate appraisal and brokerage firm where he appraised over 20,000 properties in Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, L.A., and for many banks in the Chicagoland area. He served as an expert witness on property values in Lake and Cook County Courts and Federal Bankruptcy Courts. 
   

Mark Sargent 1952-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mark SargentMark S. Sargent, 65, of Manitowoc, WI, formerly of Springfield on November 12, at The Felician Village, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Mark was born on September 2, 1952 in Springfield, he son of Marian Kienzler Sargent and Steven O. Sargent. He attended Campion High School in Prairie Du Chein, WI and Washington University, St Louis, MO where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate.

Mark practiced law in Springfield. He was preceeded in death by his parents. A devoted Roman Catholic, Mark enjoyed gardening, music, reading and spending time with his family.

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