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OBITUARIES:  (published April 4, 2019)

Robert A. Dolehide
Robert A. Dolehide, M.D., of Darien passed away March 25, 2019, in Downers Grove.
   Robert, 93, was born in Chicago in 1925 to John and Marie, nee Benner. He was a World War II Navy veteran.
   He was preceded in death by his siblings, Rev. John Dolehide, Eugene Dolehide, M.D., and Norinne Nicholson; and his grandchild, Morgan.
   He is survived by his wife, Eileen, nee Carroll; his children, Robert, John (Laura), Maureen (Robert) Bland, Michelle (Michael) Serino, Brian (Mary Catherine) of Hinsdale, Kevin (Mary Eileen), Kathleen (Peter) Dezell and Mary (the late Stephen) Stoll; his daughter-in-law, Beth Flaherty Dolehide; his grandchildren, Robert, Conor, Margaret, Moira, John, Colleen, Kelly, Patrick, Brigid, Erin, Caitrin, Brendan, Liam, Brian, Peter, Mia, Margaret, Timothy, Alexander, Charles, Grace, Kathleen, Andrew, Genevieve, Mary, Meredith, Courtney, Brian, Caroline, Stephanie, Alexandra, Kerri, Paul, Luke, Mark, Katherine, Elizabeth, Kevin, Stephen, Christopher, Peter, Madeleine, Joseph, James, and Eileen; his 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
   A funeral Mass was held April 1 at Our Lady of Peace Church in Darien. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.
   In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Illinois Right to Life Action, P.O. Box 511, Chicago, IL 60690 or
   Modell Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Darien handled the arrangements.

Irena M. Galinis
Irena M. Galinis, 95, passed away peacefully March 21, 2019, at her home in Lemont with her two daughters by her side.
   Born in 1923 to veterinarian doctor Kazimieras and Helena Trumpis, she grew up in Europe in independent Lithuania. Irena had a lovely voice and enjoyed singing; she also spoke a number of languages fluently including Lithuanian, German and English. In her youth Irena excelled in ice skating. She met and married Bronius Galinis, a civil and structural engineer, and they shared 47 years until his passing in 1990. The chaos and destruction of World War II forced them to flee for their safety to Western Europe. Their family, by then including two little daughters, emigrated to the United States entering Ellis Island in 1949, and some years later all gratefully became United States citizens. They settled in Massachusetts, at first in Cambridge, then Dorchester and finally to a home in the beautiful woods of Norwell near Cape Cod, which they enjoyed very much.
   Irena was a charming and gracious hostess to their many friends and was known for baking delicious cakes and pastries. Irena was employed for 27 years at Jordan Marsh Company and she was also very active in the Lithuanian community in the Boston area. In 1995 she moved to Lemont to be closer to her family.
   Her family will remember her sparkling blue eyes, beautiful smile and generous and loving spirit. She will be greatly missed.
   She is survived by her daughters, Jura Galinis-Kredys and Giedre Pencyla of Oak Brook; her grandsons, Andrius (Carole) Mikonis and Nemura (Michelle) Pencyla; her great-grandchildren, Lauren and Nicholas; her sister, Maryte Cernius; her nephew,  Dr. Edmund (Dr. Madga) Fiksinski; her great-niece, Julia Fiksinski; and cousins in the United States and Lithuania.
   Visitation is at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at St Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 306 W. 4th Street, Hinsdale. A funeral Mass will follow at the church at 10 a.m.
   Inurnment is at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Dr. James Hannigan
Longtime oncology physician Dr. James Hannigan of Hinsdale, 63, passed away March 23, 2019, surrounded by his wife, Susan, family, friends and colleagues at the hospital he called home for most of his medical career.
   After earning his bachelor’s at Loyola University of Chicago, he received his medical degree with honors at the University of Chicago and did his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He was a medical oncology fell at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center.
   Dr. Hannigan pioneered the oncology program at La Grange Memorial Hospital in 1992 and served as Medical Director-Oncology until 2016. Through his ingenuity and determination, he collaborated with University of Chicago to become a clinical research affiliate, bringing groundbreaking cancer care to Chicago’s Western Suburbs.
   In 1995, he founded La Grange Oncology Associates to provide personalized cancer care to patients. Through his vision, the group specialized in collaborative care with primary care physicians, surgeons, radiation oncologists and other sub-specialties. He loved laughing with his patients and there was much of it.
   His career includes positions as a clinical assistant professor of medicine, section of hematology-oncology at the University of Chicago (1992-2013); director of the cancer program at La Grange Memorial Hospital (1992-2016); principal investigator — clinical research at La Grange Hospital, a CALGB affiliate through University of Chicago (1994-2014); and chairman of the Department of Medicine Adventist Health System. Hinsdale and La Grange Hospitals (2002-03).
   He served as chairman and vice chairman of the Cancer Committee Adventist Health System, Hinsdale and La Grange Hospitals; as moderator of Cancer Conference, Adventist Health System, La Grange Hospital; as president, vice president and treasurer of Medical Staff Officer Adventist Health System, Hinsdale and La Grange hospitals; and was a member of the Board of Governors, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Foundation. He was the former cancer liaison for Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital to the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and was named a “top doctor” in oncology by Chicago Magazine.
   In addition to his medical expertise, he was noted for his keen wit and fierce intelligence. He enjoyed travel, photography and acting in community theater. He was the former chairman of the board of governors for The Theatre of Western Springs.
   A memorial celebration will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, 5901 S. County Line Road, Hinsdale.
   Memorials may be made online to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at or and the La Grange Memorial Hospital Foundation-Oncology Services Fund by contacting the executive director at

Lisi Yvonne Merrill
Lisi “Lee” Yvonne Merrill, 88, of Naples, Fla., died March 27, 2019.
   Lee was born in 1931 to James and Bessie Snyder and raised in the High Point/Greensboro, N.C., area. After graduating from High Point High School, she joined the Air Force and was stationed at Westover Massachusetts Air Force Base where she met her future husband, Dick.    They were married on the base in 1952. Following their Air Force service, they moved to the Chicago suburbs, where Lee stayed home raising their three sons and also being a very supportive and loving wife as Dick built a successful career with Commerce Clearing House.
Upon Dick’s retirement in 1991, they moved to Naples and were very happy members of Wyndemere Country Club for the next 23 years. Lee and Dick then moved to Barrington Terrace of Naples where they received such great care for the next five years until her death.    Lee enjoyed the companionship of her husband and three boys. She was a wonderful person, very selfless, kind, sincere and generous. She also had a great passion for tennis, playing well into her 70s.
   She was preceded in death by her oldest sister, Vida “Vicki” Tubiolo, in 2017.
   She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Richard “Dick” Merrill of Naples and Hinsdale; her sons, Bill (Jenny) Merrill, Jim Merrill and Steve (Kimberly) Merrill; her sisters, Jackie Landreth and Gail Jefferies; her grandchildren, Andy (Meagan) Merrill and Kristina (Derek) Gasiorek; her step-grandchildren, Lisa and Diane Cheung; and her great-grandchildren, Logan and Nolan Merrill and Jayce Gasiorek.
   Services and interment will be private.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Donna Susan Smith
Donna Susan Smith (Speck) of Indian Head Park, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away March 27, 2019.
   A La Grange native, Donna graduated from Lyons Township High School and continued her education at Purdue University. She was very active in her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, and student council, running as “Spook.”
   After graduating, she taught fifth grade in Denver and then worked for many years at IBM — both in Chicago and San Francisco. Donna stopped working a few years after her daughter Susan was born, but went back to work selling technology outsourcing services for almost 30 years. She remained a top performer until her passing.
   Donna was very active at her church, the Christian Science Church of Hinsdale, serving on multiple committees, as an usher and on the board of directors. She was also active in her community on the PTO as well as the zoning board in Hinsdale and later in Ashbrook. Donna was incredibly active with the local woman’s shelter, organizing its back to school backpack drive and holiday drive, which ensured that everyone at the shelter had presents for Christmas.    Her efforts and time helped so many.
Donna loved Purdue Football and everything Purdue. She attended all their home football games — and some away games. She and David were huge supporters of the Purdue Marching Band and even have a locker named after them in Purdue’s new football facilities.       She bled Black and Gold and loved that her nephew, Tony, and niece, Vanessa, graduated from Purdue.
   Donna was the best grandmother to her four grandchildren. She was at every graduation, Halloween parade, play and everything else possible supporting them. She tirelessly put together a holiday treasure hunt every year for the kids with prizes and clues that lasted an entire night. Her hidden notes and coins and dollars left behind after every visit were a highlight for the kids. They adored her beyond words.
   Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Muriel Speck; her husband, David Smith; and her sister, Lucille Griffin (Speck).
Donna is survived by her daughter, Susan (Erik) Zimmer; her grandchildren, Abby, Ben, Taylor and Samantha; her sister-in-law, Kay Lynne Dyer; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and close friends.
   A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Christian Science Church of Hinsdale, 405 E. First St., Hinsdale.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Purdue Foundation, Attn: All American Marching Band, 403 W. Wood St., West Lafayette, IN 47907; or Shriners Hospital for Children Chicago, Attn: Vera Walker, Donor Development, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.
   Donna’s memory can continue in everyone willing to give of themselves to others. Give to Toys for Tots over the holidays. Drop a backpack filled with supplies off to your local shelter. Buy socks for a local homeless shelter.


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