Current Services

Arlene C. Pilson  -  86
  Friday, November 25, 2016
Visitation for Arlene C. Pilson, 86, of Elk Grove Village, will be at Grove Memorial Chapel on Friday, Nov. 25th from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Ridgewood Cemetery in Des Plaines.
John J. Ritrosi  -  94
Elk Grove Village John J Ritrosi, born October 7, 1922, died November 12, 2016 at the age of 94. John worked for 30 years at Teletype in Skokie. He was the beloved husband of Bette Ritrosi for over 59 years; the dear Father of Joseph and Susan (Seaman); loving grandfather of Michael (his sweet bride Brittany) and Daniel Seaman; cherished brother of Edith (Dolly) DiMatteo and family. John grew up in Chicago and graduated from Lane Tech High School. A Corporal in the 104th infantry, 26th division during World War II when he was captured outside of Nancy, France on October 11, 1944. After landing in Normandy his regiment launched out on patrol and came across a German soldier in a bell tower. A Sergeant and friend of John’s was first to be killed, second in line was his Lieutenant friend who was also killed. John was third in line when his regiment surrendered. Later in life John said he was the lucky one and should have also died as the sorrow of that day stayed quietly with him his whole life. After being captured, the Germans took him into town and he was given old clothes and wooden shoes. They put him and other prisoners into a box car with no food or water for three days before sending them to Mossberg Germany. After arriving to Stalag 7A prisoner of war camp he was given a bowl of potato soup and bread as this would be his diet for the next 7 months. Most days they were shuffled into a box car and railed into towns to clean up after the bombings by removing debris and sadly what was beneath. Once the Red Cross started to send care packages they would save the cigarettes and candy to trade to the town’s people for food and compassion. One day on June 9th, 1945 the US prisoners of Stalug 7A were taken to a tent with a red cross symbol on top and were told help was coming as the Germans took off. Soon the US Army arrived to rescue them and return them home. The family would like to to thank Hines VA Hospital for the wonderful care John received, especially Annette Sheperd, Elizabeth Bernstein, Dr. Youngsook Park, Dr. Lucy Munoz,Nennette Ramil and many more. Visitation Wednesday, November 16th from 3 to 9 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, IL. Chapel prayers Thursday at 10 a.m., proceeding to Queen of the Rosary Church for Mass at 10:30. Interment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. For info: 847-640-0566 or
Ruth Javers  -  88
Ruth Javers (nee Kopnick), 88, of Elk Grove Village for 54 years. She was born and raised in Ironwood, MI and passed away November 13, 2016. Ruth managed the Jewel Box in Woodfield Mall for 17 years. Beloved wife of the late Raymond S. (1999) for 45 years; loving mother of John (Kathleen), William (Jackalyn), Susan, and stepmother of Raymond (Denise) Javers. Cherished grandmother of 6, great grandmother of 6, and great great grandmother of 4. Dear sister-in-law of Loretta Ramondi. She is preceded in death by her parents John and Theresa, 14 siblings and numerous in-laws and leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to thank her friends at Lutheran Home Cherished Place. Visitation Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. Chapel prayers Thursday at 9 a.m. proceeding to St. Matthew Church for a 10am Mass, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Interment at St. Michael Cemetery, Palatine. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Assc., appreciated. For info: 847-640-0566 or
Judith K. Boyd
  Saturday, November 19
Judith K. Boyd of Lakeside Park, Kentucky passed away Monday October 10,2016. Judith was a Sales Associate at Walmart in Florence, KY. She is survived by her loving daughter Jodi Medina (Michael). Loving grandmother of Micah, Marisa, and Michael Jr. all of Elk Grove, IL. Dear sister of Linda Veca of CA, Paulette Halvorsen and Timothy Boyd of TX. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, November 19th, from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m.
Mary Lou Damato
Mary Lou Damato of Elk Grove, formerly of Chicago, tap-danced her way toward the music and light on Nov. 7th after a long determined fight against metastatic breast cancer. She was 29 yrs. old, at heart. Mary Lou enjoyed a successful career in retail and outside sales but her most recent position and personal favorite was as bartender and manager for VFW Post 3579 in Park Ridge. Her passion for Chicago sports, travel, parties and cooking Italian favorites made her lively in spirit and a good friend to many over the years especially Roberta Schmitz and Marilyn Moskal. Cherished Aunt to Karen Okon Murtha (Brian), Thomas J. Okon (Joy), Dr Nicholas J Okon (Mary) and Julie Okon. Devoted great-aunt to Lauren Murtha Trach (Tim), Brian & Patrick Murtha, Joseph & Clara, Harrison & Sophie Okon. Fond sister-in-law to Harold J. Okon. Loving cousin to the Damato, Gentile, and Craig families. Italian cousins to the Rago, Larson and Costana families. Preceded in death by her sister Diane Damato Okon, brother Nicholas J. Damato and parents Nicholas J. and Theresa A. Damato. Visitation on Friday Nov. 11th from 4-8PM, Grove Memorial Chapel 1199 S Arlington Heights Rd, Elk Grove Village. Chapel prayers Saturday Nov. 12th 10:30 a.m., proceeding to Queen of Rosary Church 750 W. Elk Grove Blvd for 11 a.m. Mass. Interment at Mt Carmel cemetery 1400 S Wolf Rd, Hillside IL 60162. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to
Mary Grace Barone  -  69
Mary Grace Barone, 69, of Elk Grove Village for 27 years passed away November 5, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert R. (1996); loving mother of Robert (Lynn) Barone, the late Tina (John) Carlson and Lisa (Jay) Barker; cherished grandmother of Anthony, Marinna, Marissa, Amanda, Noah, John, Benjamin and Carly; dear sister of Letizia, Alex, Rita and the late Antoinette. Visitation Wednesday, November 9, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. Chapel prayers Thursday, 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, proceeding to Queen of the Rosary Church for 10 a.m. Mass. After Mass, those wishing to attend the internment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, are asked to arrive at the cemetery by 11:30. There will be no procession.
Eric Chen  -  66
  Sunday, November 13, 2016
Eric Chung Min Chen, 66, of Itasca for 32 years passed away on November 6, 2016 in Elk Grove Village, IL. Eric was the beloved husband of Judy H. Chen for 40 years; the loving father of Victoria W. (Matthew) Haas and Alexander S. Chen; and the dear grandfather of Ryan W. and Kyle E. Haas. A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, November 13, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. followed by a reception until 1 p.m. at Grove Memorial Chapel, 1199 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village.
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