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OBITUARIES:  (published Feb. 16, 2017)

Edna M. Atella
Edna M. Atella, nee Alexander, 98, died Feb. 12, 2017, at her home in Hinsdale.
   She was born in 1918 in Chicago.
   Edna was active in her church and a FISH volunteer for many years. She enjoyed traveling, reading, bridge, crossword puzzles and most importantly was devoted to her family.
   She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Henry M. Atella; and her son, Michael Atella.
   She is survived by her children, David, Kathleen (Robert) Hutton and Paul (Mary); her grandchildren, Julie Atella, Anthony Atella, Susan (T.J.) Mahoney, Craig (Christine) Atella, Stephanie Atella (Dennis O’Neil), Douglas (Cassandra) Hutton, Karen Hutton, Thomas (Alexandra) Hutton and Joel Atella; her great-grandchildren, Addison, Michael, Megan, Carter and Patrick; and her sister, Dorothy Chana.
   Visitation is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at St. Joseph Church, 4801 Main St., Downers Grove. A funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m.
   Interment is at Chapel Hills Gardens West Cemetery in Oakbrook Terrace.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Downers Grove Area FISH Food Pantry, 4340 Prince St., Downers Grove, IL 60515; the American Cancer Society at; or a charity of choice.
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Erwin J. Baar
Erwin J. Baar, a longtime Hinsdale resident, passed away peacefully Feb. 8, 2017, at 101 years of age at GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights.
   He was born in 1915 in Chicago.
   A graduate of Loyola University, Erwin had a long career with Illinois Bell and AT&T. During World War II, he worked in military intelligence in London. He was a devout Catholic and a longtime member of St. Isaac Jogues Parish of Hinsdale.
   Erwin was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Nettie Ludwig Brahm Baar; and his daughter, Bonnie Barclay (Dean Botchuck).
   He is survived by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; three step-daughters; and his caregiver/dear friend Elizabeth Matusiak.
   A funeral Mass was said Feb. 15 at St. Luke Church in River Forest.
Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

William "Jac" Corcoran
William “Jac” Corcoran, 86, a former Hinsdale resident for more than 45 years, died peacefully Jan. 15, 2017, at his home in Downers Grove.
   Born in Chicago in 1930, he attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park, competing on the swim team. He spent summers lifeguarding at Devil’s Lake State Park, Wis., where he met his wife, Elizabeth. William was a proud alumnus of the University of Iowa and worked for GMAC Financing for 35 years. William enjoyed golf, traveling and especially attending the many events of his children and grandchildren over the years.
   He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marie Berns, Alice Russell and Patricia Moldawsky; his son, Timothy; and his son-in-law, Eric Johnson.
   He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth (nee Underwood); his children, William, Thomas, David (Evelyn), Jeffrey (Leslie), Catherine Johnson, Daniel (Nancy), Andrew, Ken (Kim), and Abbie (Charles) Morrison; his grandchildren, Patrick, Haley, Zoe (Drew), Alice, Brady, Devan, Zachary, Will, Sean, Charles and Courtney; his great-granddaughter, Willa Mae; and many nieces and nephews. 
   A memorial service for family and friends has been held.
   Memorials may be made to Friends of Devil’s Lake online at or Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park, P.O. Box 209, Baraboo, WI 53913.

Justina Teresa Mihelich
Justina “Justine” Teresa Mihelich, 90, of Hinsdale, passed away Feb. 7, 2017.
   She was born in Chicago in 1926 to Paul and Teresa Schuch. She is a 1943 graduate of Lindblom High School.
   She was preceded in death by her brothers, Paul and Joseph. 
   She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Walter; her children, Kenneth, Steven and Nancy; her grandchildren, Laura, Christopher, Lisa, Nicole and David.
   A funeral Mass was said Feb. 16 at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale.
   Interment was at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. 
   Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks, ATTN: Web Gift, 1060 State Rd, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540, or online at
   Hayes Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Bolingbrook handled the arrangements.

Chelsea Christine Yeager
Chelsea Christine Yeager, nee Mackay, 34 of Hinsdale, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 25, 2017.
   Chelsea was born in Pennsylvania, lived several years in Maryland and New York and moved to Illinois with her husband in 2012. She was educated at the Kent School in Connecticut, received her bachelor’s from Syracuse University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Maryland.
   After several years at Exelon, Chelsea elected to remain home with her two children for the last two years of her life.
   She is survived by her husband, John Michael Yeager; her children, Peyton and Lillian Yeager; her parents, Raymond and Mary Mackay, her in-laws, Rachel Yeager and John R. and Athina Yeager; and her sister in-law, Michelle (Stephen) Streckfus.
   Visitation is from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 South Grant St., Hinsdale.
   Visitation will continue at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road. A service will be held at the church at 2 p.m.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation at
   Sullivan Funeral Home of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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