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Peter M. Rosenthal 1950-2010

Posted on November 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime Rosemont village attorney Peter M. Rosenthal passed away last Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Mr. Rosenthal was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago Lab School. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. He joined the Ancel Glink law firm in Chicago, which specializes in municipal law. While there, he began representing local governments, including Rosemont and Fox River Grove. Mr. Rosenthal and several colleagues formed their own firm - Rosenthal, Murphey, Coblentz & Donahue - in 1987. Mr. Rosenthal worked closely with Donald E. Stephens, Rosemont's mayor from 1956 until his death in 2007.
"Every major development and most contracts that are in existence today in the village are all things that Peter had his fingerprints on," said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens. "He was involved in all of the redevelopment from the late 1970s on until the present, and that's pretty much a great majority of the redevelopment of Rosemont."
Read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Madalyn Maxwell 1926-2010

Posted on November 16, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Madalyn Maxwell died Saturday, November 6, 2010 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield after a brief illness.  Ms. Maxwell was born in Nashville, Illinois on January 9, 1926, the daughter of (Illinois Supreme Court Justice) Ralph L. Maxwell and Beulah House Maxwell.  She attended schools in Urbana and Nashville, Whitworth College in Brookhaven, Mississippi, and received her law degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana.  She married Thomas H. McGary in Springfield on July 4, 1968.  He preceded her in death in 1999.

Lawrence Schad 1945-2010

Posted on November 16, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Lawrence Schad passed away last week after a golf-cart accident at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie. Schad was a partner in the Chicago firm of Schad, Diamond and Shedden. Schad specialized in plaintiff class-action law. He recently was the lead attorney on a case representing policyholders of Royal Maccabees Life Insurance Co., and negotiated a $93 million settlement, which included more than $421,000 for the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Susan H. Brandt 1950-2010

Posted on November 12, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Susan H. Brandt, 59, Bloomington, died at 7:23 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 9, 2010) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. Susan was born Dec. 20, 1950, in Bloomington, the daughter of William R. and Jean Kuhle Brandt. Susan grew up as a member of Second Presbyterian Church and had attended the Unitarian Universalist Church, both in Bloomington. She graduated from Bloomington High School in 1969, received her B.A. degree in economics from the University of Colorado in 1973 and her J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1977. Susan was a partner at Livingston, Barger, Brandt and Schroeder Law Firm, Bloomington. She was a member of the Illinois Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the McLean County Bar Association. She also helped organize the Women’s Lawyer Association. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard officiating. A private family burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, Funks Grove. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Cancer Center, 407 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, IL 61761. She is survived by one son, Samuel H. Brandt, Bloomington; her father, William R.

Frank DeSchepper 1925-2010

Posted on November 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Frank E. DeSchepper, 85, passed away late last month at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. He was a longtime member of the ISBA Tort Section. Mr. DeSchepper was born in Chicago and graduated from DePaul University and DePaul Law School. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid from 1943-1946. He was employed by Insurance Company of North America - which later became CIGNA - first in Chicago before transferring to Bloomington and then Peoria. Read the full obituary in the Bloomington Pantagraph.

John Karnezis 1966-2010

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
John Theodore Karnezis, partner in the Chicago law firm Pullano & Karnezis, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning at LaGrange Memorial Hospital in LaGrange. "John was a highly skilled lawyer, but what made him an outstanding attorney was his compassion and empathy for his clients. He always put his clients first and would do whatever was necessary to make sure they received the best result," said Richard Pullano, partner, Pullano & Karnezis. "John loved his work, but the one thing he loved most in life was going home at the end of the day to his wife, Dena, and his twin boys, Michael and John. We will miss him greatly." John was born July 23, 1966 and grew up in the Beverly neighborhood where he attended Christ the King Grammar School (1980), Marist High School (1984), University of Illinois (1988) and Loyola University Law School where he earned his J.D. in 1991. John had attended a 30th class reunion at Christ the King the night before he died. John was the beloved husband of Dena Angela (nee Turnquist); the loving and proud father to precious twin sons, John Themis and Michael Timothy and late twin sons, Theodore and Marshall; and devoted son to the Honorable Themis (Illinois Appellate Court, First District) and Melodie Karnezis and the late Charlotte (nee Dolan). Prior to forming Pullano & Karnezis in 2009, Mr. Karnezis was a litigator at Clifford Law Offices, where he started as an associate in 2000 and advanced to partner in 2005.

Gerald M. Sheridan Jr. 1931-2010

Posted on October 20, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Wheaton attorney Gerald M. Sheridan, 79, passed away last month after a long illness. Mr. Sheridan grew up in the western suburbs and attended DePaul University for both his undergraduate and juris doctor degrees. He practiced in Aurora and Chicago before opening his own office in Wheaton. Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Robert L. Harmon 1938-2010

Posted on October 20, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Patent attorney Robert L. Harmon, 72, passed away recently at Northwestern Memorial Hospital due to complications from lung cancer. Mr. Harmon retired in 1997 from the Chicago law firm now known as Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione. He then wrote a book titled "Patents and the Federal Circuit." Mr. Harmon received his juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1963, He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1965 and joined the Brinks, Hofer firm as an associate. A memorial reception for family and friends is set for Saturday. Call the Cremation Society of Illinois for details (773) 281-5058. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Harmon's name to the American Cancer Society, (800) 227-2345 or at

John F. Lynn 1952-2010

Posted on October 12, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Major John Francis Lynn, USMC Retired, 58, passed away at 4:12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Herrin Hospital. He was born March 8, 1952, in Chicago, the son of William Francis and Ruth Mary (Meier) Lynn. John was united in marriage to Patty Durall on May 29, 1976, in Marion, and together they have shared the last 34 years of marriage. John answered the call of this nation by serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years as an enlisted member, and 20 years as an officer, retiring as a major. He served as a tank officer in California and North Carolina and was a foreign area officer in Central and South America. He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale and, at the present time, served as assistant dean for Administration of SIU School of Law. John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. He was a member of Illinois State Bar Association and Pro Bono Counsel for Fisher House in Chicago. He was director of the Veterans' Legal Assistance Program at SIU School of Law and spent considerable time working on behalf of local veterans. He worked with Big Brothers of Georgia, and he was a supporter of the Special Olympics.

Dale Allan Schempp 1942-2010

Posted on October 4, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Dale Allan Schempp, 68, passed away in his home in Springfield, at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2010. He was born on August 23, 1942 in Cleveland, the third child of Elmer and Blanche Schempp. He grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohioo, where he met his wife Carol Ann Samstag - they were married on December 25, 1965. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1964, graduating with a degree in nuclear engineering. He then started his first career as a naval officer, serving for 6 years in the US Navy on one of the first nuclear submarines, the USS John Marshall, under Admiral Hyman Rickover. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant before being honorably discharged in 1970. He next embarked on his second career as a successful businessman. He worked as an engineer for the Quaker Oaks Company in Rockford, earning his MBA from the University of Chicago during that time. After several years, he started an independent business career as co-owner and CFO of what became TKI Foods, a manufacturer of health food products in Springfield. Following a successful business career, he began this third career as a lawyer. While still working as CFO of TKI, he completed law school at night at St. Louis University in 1996. After passing the bar exam, he then founded his own practice, Schempp Law in Springfield.