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OBITUARIES:  (published Oct. 25, 2018)

Gregory Brent Donnelly
Gregory Brent Donnelly, 55, of Hinsdale passed away peacefully at home with his family surrounding him on Oct. 23, 2018, after a valiant battle with cancer.
   Greg was born in Markham in 1963 and raised in Lowell, Ind., where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Susanna. He was a Hinsdale resident for the last 22 years, where he and his wife raised their children.
   Greg was a soccer coach for both of his children and cheered them on enthusiastically as they pursued other sports and activities. He never missed a Little League game, softball game or diving meet.
   He was a proud alum of Purdue University and a die-hard Boilermaker. He was thrilled that his children became Boilermakers as well, and he never missed a Kappa Sigma or Delta Gamma Dad’s event. He loved Purdue football and basketball.
   Greg had a passionate zest for life. He was an avid golfer and member of Ruth Lake Country Club, where he achieved a hole-in-one on the 12th hole, played paddle tennis and emceed bingo and trivia nights. He was so pleased to have golfed in Scotland, and just this summer, in Ireland, where he and his wife celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary and renewed their vows.
   He loved to travel, was a huge White Sox fan, had an addiction to all things sweet, was a snappy dresser and believed Elvis Presley still lives.
   Greg was a loyal and hard-working Rotarian for the last 25 years, volunteering at countless events and helping to raise millions of dollars through the Hinsdale Rotary Race. He founded the annual Hinsdale Turtle races, which became a favorite event after the Fourth of July parade.
   He was a trusted financial advisor for his whole career, working for the last 17 years at Morgan Stanley in Oak Brook. His work ethic, integrity and genuine care of his clients, many of whom became good friends, earned him respect and admiration. He mentored many young brokers over the years and was generous with his time and tutelage.
   Greg was a true Renaissance Man, an entrepreneur who invented “PatinaNOW,” a solution that transforms copper from dull brown to a beautiful aged green patina in 24 hours.
   Greg was a person of great faith. A kind and generous man, he shared his good fortune with family and friends. He had unmatched charisma, an easy smile and fabulous hair. His humor, fierce wit, and joke-telling was legendary.
   Greg is survived by his wife, Susanna, née Jazwinski; his son, Cameron (Cristina); his daughter, Julia; his father, sisters and brother; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles, in-laws, and countless friends and loved ones, including his beloved German shorthaired pointer, Ivy.
   Visitation is from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale.
   Family and friends will gather for a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Saturday Oct. 27, at Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills.
   Interment is at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   Memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Rotary Club, PO Box 395, Hinsdale, IL 60521 or online at

Mary Jo Hannon
Mary Jo Hannon, nee Walpole, formerly a longtime resident of Hinsdale, passed away Oct. 15, 2018.
   Mary Jo was raised in Oak Park and graduated from Trinity High School, where she developed lifelong friendships. She went on to Barat College as an English major and was a grammar perfectionist. She enjoyed “teaching” her three children how to speak and write the proper way and loved participating in her Hinsdale book study club.
   Mary Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas F. Hannon Jr.; and her son, Thomas F. Hannon III.
   She is survived by her daughters, Mary H. (Robert) Shutack and Susan H. (David) Hadawi; her grandchildren, Meaghan (Derek) Kirby and Patrick Hannon, John “Jack,” Robert “Bobby” and Bridget Shutack, and Joseph and Jake Hadawi; her great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Addison Kirby; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
   A funeral service was held Oct. 22 at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale.
   Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Mary Rose LaBarge
Mary Rose LaBarge, nee Daniel, passed away peacefully Oct. 21, 2018, in Clarendon Hills.
   Mary, 91, regarded family and friends the joy of her life.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Wilmer LaBarge.
   She is survived by her children, Julie (Kevin) Simmons, Russell (Anne) and Daniel (Sara); and her grandchildren, Sean, Kristin, Rose and Grace Simmons, and Hannah and Haley LaBarge.
   Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.
   Interment is at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the American Cancer Society at

Joanna Sojka Lagedrost
Joanna Sojka Lagedrost of Hinsdale passed away Oct. 17, 2018, at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
   Joanna, 25, was born in Hinsdale in 1993.
   She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Raymond Sojka and John F. Lagedrost.
   She is survived by her parents, Sandra Sojka and John G. Lagedrost; her siblings, Sarah, John and Julia Lagedrost; her grandmothers, Frances Sojka and Rosalyn Lagedrost; her aunts and uncles, Susan and Anthony Cassa, Raymond and Lynn Sojka, Peter Sojka and Elisabeth Stambaugh, Joan Lagedrost and Lisa Lagedrost; her cousins, Stephanie (Tim), Christine, Jacob, Benjamin, Nicholas, Phillip and Margaret; and her devoted canine companion, Natalie.
   A funeral service was held Oct. 20 at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale.
   Interment was at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance at
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Beatrix Reid Lawrence
Beatrix Reid Lawrence, 1, passed away surrounded by family and in the arms of her loving parents on Oct. 19, 2018.
   Beatrix was the smallest and sweetest of a trio of daughters of incredibly fortunate and loving parents. She and her sister Alexis survived twin-to twin transfusion syndrome in utero and were born prematurely at 26 weeks in September 2017. They spent more than three months charming the wonderful and talented NICU team at Amita Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and were discharged right before Christmas.
   Beatrix spent the next few months on oxygen at home but developed a large fan base within Loyola Medicine’s Pediatric Department, Hinsdale Central’s social studies department and cross country teams, the Indian Prairie Public Library staff and the Willowbrook Kindercare community. She grew very attached to her early intervention therapists, who identified that while she was clearly below size and developmental guidelines for her age, she was very capable of self-soothing and had other distinguishing strengths. Beatrix loved kicking her legs and frequently stole toys and pacifiers from Alexis. She hated tummy time but was a good sport about it. Beatrix always lit up with a sweet smile when seeing or hearing her sister Clio, and loved watching “Daniel Tiger” with her.
   Along with her parents and siblings, Beatrix went on two exciting summer road trips to visit family and friends in Michigan and Wisconsin, where she was undeniably the best behaved traveler. Additional highlights from her summer include weekly trips to the Hinsdale Farmers’ Market, getting unlimited snuggles from the staff at Lifetime Kids Academy, playing outside with her sisters and attending the Darien Fourth of July Parade.
   Beatrix celebrated her first birthday with family and friends on Sept. 5 by tasting ice cream for the first time, no small feat considering how much she previously disliked any form of solid food. After courageously fighting a month-long illness and enthralling the amazing team in Loyola Medical Center’s PICU, Beatrix passed away less than two months later.
   She is survived by her parents, Noah and Megan Lawrence; her sisters, Clio and Alexis Lawrence; her grandparents, Randee (Dennis Paige) Lawrence and Dana (Gail) Lawrence, James (Sandra) and the late Cynthia Mitchell; her great-grandparents, Barbara and Herman Goldsmith; her aunts and uncles, Liz “Bizzy” Mitchell, Katy Dunlap, James (Leslie) Mitchell, Collin (Liza) Lawrence and Robin (Rachel) Lawrence; and her cousins, Addison, Bronwyn and Creighton Dunlap, Amelia Mitchell, and Alonzo, Victor, Astrid and Mavis Lawrence.
   Visitation is from 4 to 7 today, Oct. 25, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale.
   A memorial service and inurnment will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at St. Gregory Episcopal Church, 815 Wilmot Road, Deerfield.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the March of Dimes Foundation at or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana at


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