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OBITUARIES:  (published Jan. 10, 2019)

Daniel J. Corcoran
Daniel J. Corcoran, 59, of Westmont passed away Nov. 19, 2018, after a long battle with multiple health issues. He was resting peacefully at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital of Downers Grove when he left. Gone too soon and loved by many, he leaves behind a lasting legacy of his quick wit and easy smile.
   Dan was born in 1959 at the Hinsdale Hospital to loving parents William and Elizabeth Corcoran. He grew up in Hinsdale, where he pursued a wide range of passions from sports and music to wildlife conservation. A graduate of Hinsdale Central High School Class of 1978, he went on to study at SIU Carbondale. Dan enjoyed a long career at Fine Arts Engraving in Burr Ridge before his health turned and made for early retirement. Until recently he was able to enjoy all of his loves — going to ball games, seeing major concerts and camping. Most of all he enjoyed being with his large extended family and friends.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Jack (2017), his brother, Tim; and his brother-in-law, Eric Johnson.
   Dan is survived by his mother, Beth; his partner, Nancy; his siblings, Bill, Tom, Dave (Evelyn), Jeff (Leslie), Cathy Johnson, Andrew, Ken (Kim), Abbie (Chuck) Morrison; and many nieces and nephews.
   Friends are invited to a family memorial from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Downers Grove Golf Clubhouse, 2420 Haddow Ave.

Blanche Mary Duquette
Blanche Mary “Bee” Duquette, nee Blaskovich, 98, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away peacefully at her home in Western Springs on Jan. 3, 2019.
   Bee lived in Hinsdale for 60 years. She was born in Chicago in 1920 and moved to Hinsdale at age 5. She attended Monroe School and met lifelong best friends there. Bee graduated with honors from Hinsdale High School in 1938. Her excellence in typing and shorthand contributed to the secretarial state championship team. 
   At a patriotic picnic hosted by Hinsdale residents in Fullersburg Forest Preserve in 1943, she met her future husband, a handsome young sailor stationed at Navy Pier. They maintained a relationship by letter as he served in World War II, and while on leave, Duke proposed.    They wed during his next leave, on July 15, 1944, at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale. 
Bee and Duke spent nearly 40 happy years raising their growing family on Justina Street in Hinsdale; all but one of their children were born at Hinsdale Hospital. The family enjoyed special neighbors who were also best friends, and Bee and Duke’s home was always open to everyone. For many years the family belonged to St. Isaac Jogues parish in Hinsdale. Later, Bee and Duke were among the founding members of St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs.
   Bee was a stay-at-home mother, but when she felt her youngest children were old enough for her to go back to work, she accepted a job at Dryden Press in Hinsdale, a textbook publishing branch of CBS.  Loved and respected by her co-workers, in 1975 she was named one of the CBS Employees of the Year. After Bee’s retirement in 1984, Bee and Duke moved to Sequim, Wash. 
   First and foremost in Bee’s life were her love of and devotion to God and her family. She found happiness, hope and strength in her attendance at daily Mass and in her daily prayers. Bee had unconditional love for her husband, all her children and their spouses, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They, in return, adored her.   
   She was always up for any new adventure, even in her last few months.  She loved Bingo, card games, travel, and was an accomplished fisherwoman. 
Bee was preceded in death by her husband, Duke; her granddaughter, Abby Rose Duquette; her brother, Tony Blaskovich (the late Frances); and her sons-in-law, Bill Luense and Curtis Lohler.
   She is survived by her 14 children, Richard (Wanda) Duquette, Mary Jo (Milford) Hodges, Ann (Ron) Schaller, Maggie (John) Simpson, John (Collette) Duquette, Sue (Patrick Foley) Lohler, Kathy (Joe) Gazdacka, Mark (Mary) Duquette, Peter (Lori) Duquette, Michael (Julie) Duquette, Daniel (Wendy) Duquette, Christopher Duquette, Patrick (Peg) Duquette and Daria (David) Skrzypczynski; her 33 grandchildren; her 28 great-grandchildren; her sister, Mary Blaskovich; her brother-in-law, Francis Messier; her nephews, Richard (Connie) Blaskovich, Terry (Steve Spellman) Blaskovich; and many Duquette nieces and nephews.
   Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook.
Family and friends will meet for a Mass of Christian burial at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. John of the Cross Church, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials would may be made online to Word On Fire Ministries ( or YMCA Camp Nawakwa (
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Mary Ellen Ryan Magrini
Mary Ellen Ryan Magrini, 87, a longtime Oak Brook resident, passed away peacefully at her home Jan. 2, 2019.
   She was born in 1932 to James J. and Irene Nolan Ryan. She graduated from Marywood High School in Evanston and then continued her education at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wis. She became an occupational therapist at The Alexander Graham Bell School, teaching the blind.
   Mary Ellen spent her summers in Long Beach, Ind., which she referred to as her “little piece of heaven.” This is where she met the love of her life and married in 1959. Mary Ellen lived a very active and busy life, skiing and golfing and playing tennis, bridge and mahjong.
   She was very involved in many clubs and organizations with an abundance of friends. She was known for her bright smile, infectious laughter, adventurous spirit and for the joy she brought to all those she interacted with.
   She was preceded in death by her son, Leo R. Magrini.
   She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Leo Magrini; her children, Ellen Magrini and Maria (Jeffrey) Mohl of Hinsdale; her grandchildren, Leo, Charlie, Kevin, Melissa, Emmett and Thoma; her brother, James (Donna) Ryan; and  many nieces and nephews.
   A funeral Mass was held said Jan. 8 at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale.    Interment was private.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Misericordia Home, 6300 N. Ridge Ave, Chicago, IL 60660 or online at
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Robert F. Smutny
Robert F. Smutny, 84, of Burr Ridge died Dec. 25, 2018.
   He was born in Chicago in 1934 and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1957.
Licensed to practice architecture in 47 states, he was the owner and president of the Jonson Architects in Hinsdale for almost five decades. His firm specialized in the food processing industry, working with such notable clients as Culligan International, McDonald’s Corp., Keebler Co., Home Run Inn and The Eli’s Cheesecake Co. In addition to working all across America, his buildings can be found in Germany, France, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Mexico.
   Bob was also a member of the National Association of Realtors for 45 years. He was a founding member of the Darien Rotary Club, twice past president and Paul Harris member. Bob loved to travel with his family, photography, classic cars and especially the beauty of northern Wisconsin. Bob touched the lives of many people with his generous heart and compassion for those less fortunate.
   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Loretta J.
   He is survived by his wife, Bonnie K.; his children, Glenn (Sharon), Karen and Richard (Kimberly) Smutny; his step-children, Debbie (Tom) Corbo, Mendy (Jeff) Hand and Kim Baker; his grandchildren, Joseph, Katie (Tony), Dan, Deanna (German), Heather, Mandy, Michael and Justin; his great-grandchildren, Claire and Andrés; his sister, Arlene Rabitoy (Hank Luebeck); many nieces and nephews; his lifelong friend, Donald Arvidson; and his family friend, Olga Foley.
   A funeral Mass was said Dec. 31 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Darien.
Entombment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park.
   Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook handled the arrangements.


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