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Hinsdale, Illinois |


OBITUARIES:  (published Nov. 1, 2018)

Catherine Suzanne D'Alessandro
Catherine Suzanne D’Alessandro, née Hirt, of Atlanta, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away Oct. 23, 2018, at home surrounded by her loving family after a valiant, nine-month battle with kidney cancer.
   Cathy, 56, also lived in St. Louis and Tampa.
   She was a descendant of the Crews family, Florida pioneers who settled Hardee and Desoto County in the 19th century. Her grandfather, Carroll Crews, was the decades-long elected chief of police of Arcadia, Florida.
   After the birth of her children, Cathy devoted herself to her family on a full-time basis. She was very active in charity work as the vice president and ultimately president of the Graybar Family Foundation for over 12 years. She was an active member of the Parents Council at Washington University in St. Louis and volunteered at Chaminade College Prep and St. Joseph’s Academy while her children attended there. She worked for both George W. Bush presidential campaigns.
   She was a long-time parishioner at St. Brigid, St. Isaac Jogues, and St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Churches. She brought kindness and a refined eye for beauty to everything she touched. She was an expert at attracting hummingbirds to her gardens and took trips to follow the migration of the whooping cranes across Illinois. Her garden was her canvas, and it was always beautiful. She created a warm and loving sanctuary for her family in her home. Her dinners around the table were always filled with delicious food and laughter. Holidays in her home were magical. She made every moment with her family elegant and special but, at the same time, seemingly effortless.
   She was preceded by her parents, Ruth and William Hirt; and her brother, Jarell Martin.
   She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Beatty; their children, Natalie and Dave (fiancée Katherine Hoots); her brother, Greg (Jane) Martin; her cousin, Debby (John) Grove; her aunts, Sandy (Larry) Pipkins and Donna (David) Bradshaw; her uncle, Kenny (Linda) Crews; her sisters-in-law, Bee (Jim) Everett and Bobbi Taman; her nephews, Jerry Martin, Chris Martin and Jay Taman; her nieces, Erica Martin Ashley, Gail Martin Sparks, Laura Hayes, Janette Taman Scharf, Helena Hayes Fiallos, Kara Martin Steacy, Alex Marie Taman and Anne Elise Swenson.
   Services will be held Nov. 3 at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Johns Creek, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Graybar Family Foundation or the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta. Online condolences may be expressed at
   Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory in Peachtree Corners, Ga., made the arrangements.

Ethel Mae McCarthy
Ethel Mae “Smiley” McCarthy, nee Goodman, 91, of Oak Brook died peacefully Oct. 18, 2018.
   She will be most remembered as Smiley, however many will remember her as a Hoot, a Pistol, Colonel Klink, Agent 323, Granny and for her infamous crooked middle finger, which will never be forgotten.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, James J. McCarthy; and her siblings, Robert, Alice, John and Mae.
   She is survived by her three sons, James P. (Cheryl), Thomas M. (Lisa) and Michael D. (Regina) McCarthy; her grandchildren, Margy, Mary Kate, Meghan, Dan, Kate, Libby, and Jamie; her brother, James; and many nieces and nephews.
   Visitation is from 4 to 8 today, Nov. 1, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale.
   Interment is private.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the Alzheimer’s Association at


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