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Obituaries

John F. Laughlin 1928-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

John Francis Laughlin passed away Thursday January 4, 2018 at Bickford Cottage assisted living community in Portage, Michigan. John was born to Edward and Margaret (Gorman) Laughlin in Gary, Indiana on August 25, 1928. John received a BA from DePaul University where he studied English and a Law Degree from Notre Dame. He was a Corporate Attorney for Wausau Insurance for over 40 years.

William Cousins 1928-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

William Cousins Jr., a prominent figure in Illinois legal circles and a former appellate judge, has died at age 90.

Cousins' daughter, Cheryl Cousins, told the Chicago Sun-Times her father died Saturday in Chicago. She did not give the cause.

As a Cook County judge, Cousins in 1979 declared Illinois' death penalty unconstitutional, deeming it "cruel and unusual" and "freakishly imposed." That was 32 years before the state abolished it.

Charles H. Turner

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Charles H. Turner, who began a distinguished legal career in Chicago under United States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan, died January 8th at Evergreen Hospice Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. He was six days short of his eighty-second birthday. In more than a quarter-century with the Department of Justice, Turner was the lead prosecutor in several highly-publicized criminal cases. Among these was the prosecution of the American Indian Movement figures Leonard Peltier, Dennis Banks, and Kenneth Loud Hawk in the aftermath of AIM's occupation of the Wounded Knee site in South Dakota.

Robert Hourigan 1927-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Robert Hourigan
Robert Hourigan

Robert J. Hourigan, 91, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2018 with his family at his side.Until his health failed, Bob was a regular at Villa Bleu in Fox River Grove, where he always had his wine glass filled to the rim. He loved golf, music, dogs, babies, playing cards and backgammon.

Theodore "Ted" J. Ansani 1940-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Theodore "Ted" J. Ansani, 77, of Park Ridge, born August 7, 1940 in Medicina, Italy, passed away December 28, 2017. Beloved husband of Betty nee Zelek; Loving father of David (Elizabeth), Maria (Michael) Lewis, Theodore (Caroline), and Marc (Elsa); Cherished grandfather of Gabrielle, Katherine, Paul, Christine, Theodore, Isabella and Samuel Ansani, Joseph, Andrew, William and Mary Grace Lewis; Dear brother, Daniel (Emma); Fond uncle of Michael (Emily), Carolyn (Chris) Strahammer and Jennifer (Chris) Kottra.

John P. "Jack" Pearl 1926-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson
John Pearl
John Pearl

John (Jack) Powers Pearl, 91, passed away peacefully at his home in Peoria, Illinois surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:40 p.m. 

William Burns 1935-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson
William Earl "Bill" Burns

William Earl "Bill" Burns, age 82, of Edwardsville, Illinois died peacefully at his home at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017. 

James Joseph Bertucci 1943-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson

James Joseph Bertucci, born August 26th, 1943, passed away on December 26, 2017 at age 74. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Janet, his son James, his daughter-in-law Cary, and his two grandchildren Brenden and Avery. He was brother of Joan E. (the late Joseph) Zboravan and Mary R. "Mimi" (William C. Jr.) Aiston. Uncle of Kiernan (Erin) Aiston, Sean Aiston, Caitlin (Julien) Aiston-Valloton, James Zboravan and Jennifer Bearden. Brother-in-law of Jo-Ann Holmes.

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.

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