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OBITUARIES:  (published June 8, 2017)

Alan C. Beckman
Alan C. Beckman, 87, died June 1, 2017, in Clarendon Hills.
   He was born in 1930 in Chicago and was a retired sergeant major in the U.S. Army, 315 Infantry Regiment. He also served in U.S. Navy.
   Alan was first and foremost a sailor, soldier and an educator. He was the former owner of Elston Auto Services, a former teacher at DAVEA School, a military historian and an animal lover.
   He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Beckman, nee Federighi; his son, Thomas Beckman; his granddaughter, Marie Tyndall; his great-grandson, Jackson Tyndall; and many nieces and nephews.
   A funeral was held June 5 at Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale. Interment was at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to Alzheimer’s Association at or the Hinsdale Humane Society at

The Most Rev. Daniel W. Kucera
The Most Rev. Daniel W. Kucera, O.S.B., retired Archbishop of Dubuque and fifth abbot of St. Procopius Abbey, died May 30, 2017, in Dubuque at age 94.
   He was born in 1923 in Chicago. He served as Auxiliary Bishop with the Diocese of Joliet and also taught at Benet Academy and Benedictine University.
   The Abbot and Monks will receive his body at Vespers at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, at St. Procopius Abbey, 5601 College Road, Lisle.
   The monastic community will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at the abbey at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, the 47th anniversary of the blessing of the abbey church and monastery.
   Interment will be at the abbey cemetery on the campus of Benedictine University.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Jalal Mizani
Jalal Mizani, 87, passed away June 4, 2017, embraced by family in his Hinsdale home.
   As the principal of Mizani and Associates for more than 25 years, Jalal was a great architect, designing numerous residential and commercial buildings in Hinsdale and the greater Chicago area. Clients, friends, and family all appreciated and respected his strength of character, love of life and sincere desire to share only his very best. He approached everything with a smile, and had the courage to not only act on opportunities presented but also to create them. He and his many accomplishments are an inspiration to his wife, son and grandchildren, all of whom miss him deeply.
   He is survived by his wife, Lissa Mizani; his son, Keyan Mizani; and his grandchildren, Nikolai and Jasper.
   A memorial service will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook. A eulogy will be said at 4 p.m. All are welcome to visit.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Thomas Hospice, 119 E. Ogden, Suite 111, Hinsdale, IL 60521.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Andrew Pizzello
Andrew Pizzello, 59, a longtime resident of Oak Brook and longtime funeral director in Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Chicago, passed away unexpectedly June 5, 2017, in Elmhurst.
   He was born in 1957 in Chicago.
   Andy was a well-respected funeral director for almost 40 years and cared deeply about his chosen profession. He had a love for all animals and had many over the years.
   He is survived by his wife, Linda, nee Salemi; his children, Andrew Arthur (Copeland) and Shari (Peter) Giannoudakos; his grandchildren, Marco and Adriana; and his brothers, Frank and Arthur.
   Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 S. Wolf Road, Hillside.
   Memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Humane Society, 22 N. Elm St., Hinsdale IL 60521.
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Gerald H. Sharko
Gerald H. Sharko, 93, of Westmont, formerly of Oak Brook, died June 1, 2017.
   He was born in 1923 in Chicago to George and Alexandria, nee Walk, Sharko.
   Gerald served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943-46. Gerald was an active and devoted member of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Oakbrook Terrace for more than 40 years. He was a Knights of Columbus member and also a member at Beverly, Dessert Falls and Butterfield country clubs. In 1956 he started the first of four Sharko Restaurants in Chicago and the western suburbs with his brothers, George, Greg and Don.
   He was preceded in death by his sister, Sr. Maurita Sharko.
Gerald is survived by his wife Mary, nee Pastorcich, Sharko; his brothers, George, Greg and Donald Sharko; his sister, Eleria St. Aubin; his children, Ron Sharko, Barbara (Tim) Morrow, Marilyn (Ramon) Garcia, Cynthia (John) DuVal, Christina (Fritz) Gareis, Diana (Matt) Garrity and Brian (Laura) Sharko; his grandchildren, Sean (Claudine), Jodine, Erica, Alexis and Justin Sharko, Sarah (Tom) Ogan, Aaron (Jenny) Morrow, Gabby and Nico Garcia, Josh (Samantha) DuVal, Adam (Cassandra), Vanessa and Alex Gareis, Aubrey and Ryan Garrity, Chloe and Keeganne, Kennedy, Cooper and Conrad Sharko; and his great-grandchildren, Olivia, Marian, Emmett, Abram, Skyler, Gianna, Anthony, Clara and Madelynn.
   A Mass was said June 6 at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Oakbrook Terrace.
   Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, Office of Development, 16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403, or online at
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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