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OBITUARIES:  (published April 13, 2017)

Dr. Albert Cecil Diddams
Dr. Albert Cecil Diddams, 86, died peacefully Feb. 26, 2017, in Hinsdale.
   Albert was born in 1930 in Rochester, Minn., but lived most of his adult life in the southwest. He graduated from high school in Douglas, Ariz., and earned a degree from the University of Arizona in zoology before attending Washington University in St. Louis for medical school. He carried out a residency in surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.
   Albert spent most of his medical career serving indigenous populations, military servicemen and women, and veterans. Following his medical training, he joined the United States Public Health Service, working in Chinle, Ariz.; Staten Island, N.Y.; Anchorage, Alaska; and Gallup, N.M.
Albert, Sheila and their family stayed in Gallup for 20 years, where Albert practiced medicine and saw patients at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, Cibola Clinic, Rehoboth Hospital and McKinley General Hospital. 
   For the later part of his professional career, Albert joined the U.S. Army, working as a surgeon at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. He rose to the rank of colonel and served in field hospitals in Saudi Arabia and Iraq in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Albert’s final job before retirement was at the Veterans Hospital in Prescott, Ariz.
   Beyond his medical career, Albert was a dedicated member of the churches in the communities where he and Sheila lived. His hobbies included landscaping, model railroads, fishing, horses and camping. He was an avid reader and learner his entire life, and he loved sharing his time, skills and knowledge with friends and family.
   Albert was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Sheila Ann, in December.
   He is survived by his children, Steven (Alexandra), Stanley (Margaret), Suzanne (Jim) Hallene of Hinsdale, Shannon (Doral) Sandlin and Scott (Naomi) Diddams; his brother, Richard (Lois) Diddams; and his 17 grandchildren.
   A memorial service will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, 148 S Marina St, Prescott, Ariz.
   Interment is private.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Mountain Jewels Home, 527-960 Little Valley Road, McArthur, CA 96056.
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Frank J. Menconi
Frank J. Menconi, 91, a longtime Hinsdale resident, passed away peacefully April 5, 2017, at Amita Adventist Hinsdale Hospital with family at his side.
   He was born in Chicago in 1925, the son of Mario and Livia Menconi.
   On May 11, 1952, he married Lily Nanni. Prior to his marriage, Frank served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and he participated in the Battle of Okinawa. He worked for Illinois Bell for 34 years, retiring from a management position in 1982. He then began a second career as a project leader in data communications for Moore Business Forms for 12 years.
   Frank loved being with his family and was very devoted to them. He was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale, where he served faithfully for more than 15 years as an usher.    A talented craftsman, he designed and built his family’s home of 58 years. His favorite hobby was gardening and he was known for the tomatoes and vegetables he grew. In October 2015, Frank and Lily moved to Downers Grove.
   He was preceded in death by his sister, Dena Mass; and his daughter-in-law, Jan Menconi.
   He is survived by his wife, Lily; his children, Donna (Greg) Dykstra, Frank and Sandra (Jim) Tucci; his grandchildren, Joel (Angela) Dykstra, Katie (Ryan) Cherry, Kristin (Jeremy) Schambach, Alexandra Tucci, Christina Menconi, Lara Tucci, Marc Tucci and Olivia Menconi.
   A funeral mass was held April 8 at Notre Dame Church in Clarendon Hills.
Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
   Memorials may be made online to Catholic Charities in the Joliet Diocese at
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Kenneth Anthony Schmidt
Kenneth Anthony Schmidt, 79, of Clarendon Hills passed away peacefully surrounded by family April 8, 2017.
   He was born in 1937 in Chicago.
   He met his beautiful bride-to-be, Melissa Murray, in 1959 and they were wed in 1960. Ken was an executive at Culligan International for many years, with multiple patents to his credit that changed the water conditioning industry.
   He enjoyed golf, cards, dancing, volunteering at church and entertaining. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Melissa; his parents, Arnold and Marie Schmidt; and his brother, Arnold Jr.
   He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Singer; his children, Kevin (Peggy) Schmidt, Melinda (Joe) Lennon and Tierney (Peter) Little; and his grandchildren, Madeline, Jacob, Adrienne, Joseph, Jennifer and Brendan.
   The visitation will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Notre Dame Parish, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at the church.
   Entombment will follow in the Notre Dame Church Columbarium.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Notre Dame Food Pantry, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514.
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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