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Steven Carducci '83
Dawn Hess Freivald '88
Richard Bokor '65
Leon Wilkens '72
Barbara Mayer Smith '79

January 2015

Steven Carducci - Class '83
Steven Carducci, age 49, deeply loved by his mother, Nancy; his stepfather, Helmut Pannke; his son Gaige Carducci; and his brother, Carmen (Toni) Carducci; Paula and her children, Angel, Eric, Shada, Renee. His father, Samuel Carducci, preceded him in death in 2009. Services will be held at Our Lady of Ramsom Catholic Church, 8300 N. Greenwood Ave, Niles, IL, Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. and there will be a Rite of Committal Prayer Service in the Interment Chapel at St. Joseph Cemetery following the Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers masses may be said or memorials may be made to Young at Heart, PO Box 1293, Palatine, IL 60078. Arrangements by the Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St., Des Plaines. For information call 847-824-5155 or


Published in the Daily-Chronicle on January 5, 2015



Dawn Hess Freivald - Class '88
Dawn Freivald was born in Chicago on April 4, 1970, she was a home maker and passed away in Chicago on December 28, 2014; beloved wife of William; dear daughter of Mary Lou and the late Joseph Hess; daughter-in-law of Marjorie and Al Walz; loving sister of Rick (Jessica) Hess, Mark (Susan) Hess, and Beth Lynn (Scott) Norton; sister-in-law of Wendy (Bob) Colburn and Karen (Bill) Doerner; cherished aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St., (Northwest Hwy at Rand Rd) Des Plaines. Friends and family will meet Monday, Jan. 5, at 9:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 855 Lee St., Des Plaines for a 10:00 a.m Funeral Service. Interment at Ridgewood Memorial Park to follow. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Anderson Animal Shelter, 1000 S. LaFox St., South Elgin IL 60177.


Published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on January 2, 2015


Richard Bokor - Class '65
Richard Bokor, 66, of Palatine, IL. Born February 21, 1948, passed away January 4, 2015. Beloved husband of 39 years to Ann, nee Vodoklys. Loving father of B.J. (Julie) Jenkins, Shannon (Doug Roscoe) Jenkins and Courtney (David) Thomas. Proud grandfather of Tatum and Trey Jenkins, Quinlan and Berkley Roscoe, Carter and Evelyn "Evie" Thomas. Dear brother of Geri (Ken) Sandford. Richard attended DePaul University on a track scholarship and was inducted into the DePaul Hall of Fame in 2001 in recognition of his top 10 in the world 600 yard dash. He was a teacher, coach and a mentor to many students in District 15 and 211. Upon his retirement, he remained deeply committee to education, serving as a teacher mentor and on the District 15 School Board, and to his former students and athletes. He enjoyed travel, golf and spending time with his family and life-long friends. Visitation Friday, January 9, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Hwy., Palatine. Family and friends will meet Saturday, January 10, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2515 W. Palatine Rd., Inverness for visitation from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Funeral Mass will follow at 12 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memoral donations may be made to Food for the Poor/Julie's Holy Family Project, 6401 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073 or The District Fifteen Education Foundation, 580 N. 1st Bank Dr., Palatine, IL 60067


Leon Wilkens - Class '72
Leon Wilkens, age 60, of Logan, IA., passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Survivors include his children: Hillary Smith, Brandon Cordes, Christopher Wilkens, Collette Wilkens, Virginia Wilkens; grandchildren: Abigail Smith, Hannah Smith, Madelyn Wilkens, Olivia Smith, Frederick Blaisdell; sister; Theresa Griesbaum; brothers: Kevin Wilkens and Eric Wilkens. Visitation will be Sunday, January 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Logan Memorial Chapel in Logan, IA. Mass of Christian burial 10 a.m., Monday, January 19, 2015 at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Final resting place in Magnolia Cemetery, Magnolia, IA.

Barbara Mayer Smith - Class '79
Barbara Ellen Smith (nee Mayer) age 54 of Des Plaines passed away on January 24, 2015. Loving mother of Daniel, Brandon and Timothy. Dear sister of Michael (Angie) Mayer, Mark (Connie) Mayer, Tom Mayer and Debra (Richard) Cooper. Loving Aunt of mnay nieces and nephews. Barbara is predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Mildred Mayer. Visitation Wednesday, January 28, 2015 beginning at 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at G.L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines. Funeral service Thursday, January 29, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment Acacia Park Cemetery, Chicago. Memorials may be made to the National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, 200 12th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415. For information please call 847-699-9003 or